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Welcome to the Inyo National Forest!


Man and his best friend (dog) enjoying a beautiful day fishing on the Upper Owens River, with views of Inyo National Forest  Lupine in bloom at Division Creek  Waterfall and wildflowers evoke wilderness solitude  Wild Sierra Black Bear Kayak near tufa formation on Mono Lake, image by Julia Thomsen



Located in California's beautiful Eastern Sierra, the Inyo National Forest offers clean air, crystal blue skies, mountain lakes and streams, challenging trails, high mountain peaks, and beautiful views. With over two million acres, the Inyo National Forest is home to many natural wonders including Mt. Whitney, Mono Lake, Mammoth Lakes Basin, and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. More than 800,000 acres are in nine Congressionally-designated Wilderness Areas.

Recreational opportunities include camping, picnicking, hiking, backpacking, equestrian use, and off-highway vehicle use. Ski resorts offer alpine skiing and snowboarding; over 100 miles of trails groomed for multiple purpose winter use (snowmobile, ski, and snowshoe), and approximately 45 miles of trails groomed for cross-country skiing.

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