About Lee Vining
Standing above the sagebrush of Mono Basin and the salty water of Mono Lake, the Sierra Nevada Mountains rise to snow-capped peaks 13,000 feet in elevation. At the base of the mountains, Lee Vining sits at the mouth of Lee Vining Canyon on a hill above Mono Lake. Tourist-related businesses line the main street (U.S. Highway 395) and just a few narrow streets extend the town back from the highway. At the south end of the town, California Highway 120 begins the climb up Lee Vining Canyon to Tioga Pass and Yosemite National Park.
Lee Vining was named after Leroy Vining who settled in Lee Vining Canyon in about 1852 and was one of the first settlers in the Mono Basin. He operated a sawmill, supplying the needs of miners in the area.
The elevation at Lee Vining is 6,800 feet. The population was 250 in the year 2000. Continuing north on U.S. Highway 395 brings you to Bridgeport.
U.S. Highway 395
Vista Point Road