OHV Riding & Camping
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Inyo National Forest Forest is unique in California for the expansive network of roads and trails that can be explored with a street-legal high-clearance or green-sticker trail vehicle. Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV’s) have access to nearly 2200 miles of trails and roads leading through a million acres of non-wilderness lands. Some of these routes reach to nearly 12,000 feet in elevation and offer breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada, the Owens Valley, and the Great Basin ranges. OHV roads and trails lead to historic mines and structures, great dispersed camping, hunting, inspiring viewpoints, and a variety of day-use activities, such as hiking, swimming, fishing and more.
Most of the OHV-legal routes in the Inyo National Forest are double-track, native surface roads, though about 50 miles of single-track and ATV trails are interspersed throughout the network. All vehicles must stay on these designated routes, except in the Poleta Open Area, east of Bishop, CA. This 2,500 acre area is managed jointly by the Forest and the Bishop Area BLM office for cross-country, or open motorized vehicle travel. Many of the roads and trails link to adjacent routes managed by the Bureau of Land Management. (BLM)
All vehicles must be equipped with a Forest Service approved spark arrester.
California OHV Program
The State of California supports the Inyo National Forest in managing and enhancing OHV Recreation and protecting associated resources, through Trust Funds managed by the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) division of the State Parks. For more information about the California State OHV program, grants, regulations and OHV Recreational Opportunities please visit the California OHMVR Division website at:
Travel Management Planning
In 2009, the Inyo National Forest designated a legal system of roads and trails for motorized vehicles. This effort required many years of inventorying and analysis, and included extensive public involvement – including many members of the public who came together to help balance the needs for recreational opportunities and access while protecting critical resources and the unique character of these public lands. All vehicles must stay on these designated routes, unless visiting an area designated for open riding. Documents for Travel Management Project