Special Places

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Standing as ancient sentinels high atop the White Mountains of the Inyo National Forest, bristlecone pines rank as the oldest trees in the world and have achieved immense scientific, cultural and scenic importance.   Full Story


Red's Meadow

Home to Devils Postpile National Monument, Rainbow Falls, and great hiking and fishing, visitors have been coming back to the area for generations.  The Inyo National Forest will be implementing a change in the fee program for Reds Meadow Valley beginning... Full Story


Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area 

Contact Nolan Nitschke Photography for use of this imageIn the heart of Mono Basin lies strange and majestic Mono Lake, a vast inland sea nestled between towering peaks and rolling oceans of sagebrush. The high desert environment harbors a thriving but fragile ecosystem of interdependent plant and animal species--some found nowhere else in the world but Mono Lake. From waters saltier than the oceans and as alkaline as household ammonia have evolved unique species of life, unearthly limestone spires of tufa... Full Story


Long Valley Caldera

Inyo CratersDuring a gigantic eruption about 760,000 years ago, an area bordered by what is now Mammoth Mountain, Glass Mountains and Crowley Lake (approximately 12 miles wide by 18 miles long), collapsed to form the Long Valley Caldera...  Full Story



Celebrating Wildflowers

Sphaeralcea ambiguaIn the spring, Inyo National Forest and neighboring Bureau of Land Management Bishop Resource Area are home to an astounding variety of wildflowers.  From arid shrublands to conifer forests to mountain meadow, each plant community offers a different suite of colorful species for your enjoyment.  For a sneak preview, download the PDF,   Wildflower Hot Spots of the Eastern Sierra, also available at visitor centers throughout the region.
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