The Eastern Sierra InterAgency Visitor Center is located at the junction of US Highway 395 and State Route 136, one mile south of Lone Pine. This unique facility is operated by federal, state and local governmental agencies. It provides a regional orientation and information program to visitors from around the globe traveling to the Eastern Sierra Nevada, and Northern Mojave Desert.
A wealth of world-class visitor destinations, are ready and waiting for exploration. At this location, one can view the highest peak in the “lower 48 states” - Mt Whitney - or plan a trip to the largest national park in the “lower 48 states” - Death Valley - with the lowest elevation in the western hemisphere.
Passes and permits are required for some public land activities and are available at the Visitor Center. These permits help to provide quality recreation opportunities and to regulate activities such as removal of firewood and other land based products.
Eastern Sierra InterAgency Visitor Center is the only location issuing the following permits:
Mt. Whitney Day Use Permit
Overnight permit for the Mt. Whitney trail.
Overnight permit for the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek trail.
For specific wilderness permit information, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/inyo/passes-permits/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5356869
A non-profit organization, the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA), operates the Discovery Bookstore with a comprehensive selection of titles and provides an extensive selection of maps for the region. The sale of such items helps to generate revenues for the operation of the facility.