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. Some of these living trees exceed 4000 years of age and exhibit spectacular growth forms of twisted and beautifully colored wood. Full Story

A visit to both Schulman Grove and Patriarch Grove is possible in the same day if you can get an early start. Recreation Information



John Muir WildernessApproximately one million  acres of Inyo National Forest are in nine Congressionally-designated Wilderness Areas. Recreational opportunities include camping, picnicking, hiking, backpacking, and equestrian use. Full Story


Reds Meadow Valley

Visitors have been returning to favorite places in this valley for generations to camp, to fish the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin river, and hike the surrounding trails. Places to explore include Agnew Meadows, Devils Postpile, Rainbow Falls, and Reds Meadow Resort and pack station.  Full Story


Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area 

 Contact Nolan Nitschke Photography for use of this image In 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