Recreation

Little Lakes Valley

Current Conditions: Ranger District Reports provide specific area information for campgrounds, roads and trails.
Area Campground List

Inyo National Forest stretches across nearly 2 million acres of eastern California, between Los Angeles and Reno. The Forest contains pristine lakes, mountain meadows, winding streams, unique Jeffrey pine forests, rugged peaks of the Sierra Nevada and arid mountains in the Great Basin.

Special Areas


Several specially classified areas, include the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area, the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest and nine congressionally designated wilderness areas. Devils Postpile National Monument, administered by the National Park Service, is located within Inyo National Forest in the Reds Meadow Valley area.

Summer


Moonlight FallsIn summer, anglers can try their luck at countless lakes and streams. Mammoth Mountain Ski Area becomes a mecca for mountain biking. Over1,200 miles of hiking and equestrian trails provide access to vast areas of wilderness. OHV enthusiasts have access to over 2,200 miles of routes. There are 107 campgrounds and picnic areas with thousands of individual sites.

Winter


Mammoth Ski AreaThe fun doesn’t stop when winter arrives. Some parts of the Inyo average up to 400 inches of snow annually! The forest is home to one of the largest ski resorts in the country. For Nordic skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers, there are over 100 miles of groomed trails. To really get away from it all, there are miles of ungroomed routes, and thousands of acres of backcountry skiing and snowshoeing opportunities.

Spotlights

Mt. Whitney Ranger District

The Mt Whitney Ranger District is the southernmost district in the Inyo National Forest. On its western edge is Mt. Whitney, highest point in the contiguous United States. Recreation activities include hiking, fishing, climbing, horse riding and more.

Current Conditions for Mt. Whitney Ranger District

Mono Lake Ranger District

Mono Lake Ranger District is the northernmost district of Inyo National Forest. The western portion of the district is adjacent to Yosemite National Park, and includes one of the most spectacular and accessible areas of the Sierra Nevada. To the east is Mono Lake, and the world's largest stand of majestic Jeffrey Pines.

Current Conditions for Mono Lake Ranger District

White Mountain Ranger District

For sheer diversity, there's nothing like the White Mountain Ranger District. From the towering Sierra Nevada to the White Mountains, White Mountain Ranger District encompasses hundreds of square miles and a variety of terrain and life zones.

Current Conditions for White Mountain Ranger District

Mammoth Ranger District

Mammoth Lakes Ranger District is located in the northern half of Inyo National Forest, and is centered around the town of Mammoth Lakes, CA.  The area is most well known for winter sports. When the snow melts, it is a mecca for mountain biking and fishing enthusiasts. Hiking and equestrian trails access huge areas of Sierra Nevada wilderness.

Current Conditions for Mammoth Lakes Ranger District

Wilderness Areas

 Inyo National Forest contains over 800,000 acres of wilderness, in nine wilderness areas. Wilderness areas include the Hoover,  Ansel Adams, Owens River Headwaters, John Muir, Golden Trout, South Sierra, Boundary Peak, White Mountains and Inyo Mountains.