Eastern Sierra InterAgency Visitor Center

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.

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Latitude: 36.5778515 Longitude: -118.0554557 Elevation: 3688 ft
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Seasons Open

Open Daily (Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day)

Hours Open

8:00am to 5pm; Extended Summer Hours



Eco-Friendly Notes

The Eastern Sierra InterAgency Visitor Center has lightshelves, sun shades, a ground source heat pump, a "cool" roof, and windows that minimize heat transfer and maximize views of Mt Whitney.

ADA Accessibility Notes

The Eastern Sierra InterAgency Visitor Center is fully ADA acccessible.

Pet Friendly Notes

Lots of space for pets to exercise.


Dear mister I came on your visiter center one week ago : the wednesday 13th april. I Forgot my Leather Brown hat. I left on your counter. It was a funny gentle man with a green hat who delivered me information about Death Valley. It s very important for me to recover my hat. It is a present from my wife. Do you think it is possible to send me my hat by package at my home in France ? Can you Answer me to Thierry.milliot@ipsante.com Thank you. Best regards. Thierry million

Thierry milliot Thierry.milliot@ipsante.com, 4/22/2016

I lost my cell phone while descending the snowy shoot on Mt. Whitney. Considering the traffic on this route, I thought someone might recover it. It is a slider keyboard phone with a sticker of a tufted titmouse on it. If it is located please contact me at 760-920-9214. Thank you.

lost cell phone on mt. whitney, 6/15/2016

This is a great place to stop on the drive up or down Hwy. 395. The views of Mt. Whitney and the Sierra escarpment with the Alabama Hills in the foreground are stunning. The bookstore has a great selection of books and other items covering everything from Yosemite to Death Valley and all points in between. Great exhibits about the natural and man-made history of the region. The waterwise garden outside showcases many plants that can thrive in a desert environment. And of course, very nice bathrooms for that all essential potty stop before heading south into the Mojave Desert!

Julie D., 6/23/2016

Hi, we are a group of 6 friends hoping to do Mt. Whitney overnight hike to summit 7th to 8th of August with permit for 4 people. What are the chances we can get a last minute permit for additional 2 people for those days? What time should we come to the agency to have a good chance of getting one if available? Thank you kindly for your help!!

Maya, 7/24/2017

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