Lee Vining, California is a small rural town located at the base of California’s legendary Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The town is known for its close proximity to outdoor recreation opportunities.
Lee Vining is located at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains on the southwest shore of Mono Lake. Lee Vining is the closest town to the east entrance of Yosemite National Park.
Lee Vining is a small town, but due to its proximity to Mono Lake and Yosemite National Park, there are several motels and B & B’s in town. It is also close to ample camping and RV facilities. Restaurant options are limited, especially during winter, when many close.
Lee Vining is minutes away from many outdoor recreation opportunities including Yosemite National Park and Mono Lake. It’s also a quick drive to Virginia Lakes and Mammoth. Popular activities include hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing, fishing, and camping.
Lee Vining boasts quick access to Bodie Ghost Town, one of the most well preserved ghost town in the United States.
To get to Lee Vining from Mammoth, take US-395 north for 29 miles. Along the way stop to explore the June Lakes Loop.