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There are almost limitless areas to picnic on the lands of the Inyo National Forest.  Just about any of the side roads that lead off the main highways and canyon entries provide ample opportunites to pull off, pick a scenic site and enjoy your time here on the forest.  Listed below are some especially beautiful locations for day use picnicing.  Please use fires only in the metal fire grates or provided fire rings unless in a remote location, in which a fire permit would be required.


Here are just a few suggestions for wonderful picnic locations:

The Mono County Park at the north end of Mono Lake;  the Gull Lake Boat Launch (June Lake Loop); at the Minaret Vista west of Mammoth Lakes, the rainbow Falls Trailhead (Reds Meadow); McGee Creek Trailhead, Mosquito Flat Trailhead; along the shores of Rock Creek Lake; at the South Lake and Sabrina Lake Tarilheads; around the North Lake area; La Hupp Pincinc Site along the South Fork of Bishop Creek; at the fishing pond at the end of the Big Pine Canyon Road; in the Whitney Portal area; and in the White Mountains at the Pinyon Picnic Area (White Mtn Road) and at Schulman and Patriarch Groves in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest.

Please be sure to remove all of your trash, keep vehicles on designated roads and parking areas and be sure your fire is dead out if you have one - check for fire regulations first.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities