Inyo National Forest

Your Gateway to the Eastern Sierra

Extending from the California and Nevada border Inyo National Forest is a land of superlatives – tall mountains, old trees, Mono Lake and iconic views, with a diversity of recreation opportunities to match.

Plan Your Visit

Inyo Craters Trails, roads and facilities temporarily closing starting August 1

Hazard tree removal will be starting August 1 with expected completion by mid-September. Read the NEWS RELEASE for more information.

Fire Restrictions in Effect

As of June 6, 2022: Campfires are prohibited except in agency provided fire rings at designated recreation sites. Stove use is allowed for dispersed camping and wilderness use with a California Campfire Permit.


  • Dispersed Camping

    trees, car, tent, hammocks

    Have you ever just wanted to drive into the woods and set up camp? It's called dispersed camping and you should...

  • Traveling in Bear Country

    Black bear in Sierra Nevada woodland.

    Be Bear Aware, always secure your food and scented items. Doing your part to protect black bears (and your food) is simple if ...

  • Wilderness Permits

    Glacial silt tints a high alpine lake turquoise

    Questions about wilderness permits? Who do you call? 760-873-2483

  • Campfire Permit

    Steaming pot warms over a camp stove

    A campfire permit is required to use a portable stove in wilderness or while dispersed camping.


Watch This: Leave No Trace on Mt. Whitney

A video about how to Leave No Trace on Mt. Whitney, which requires additional measures because of the trail's popularity.

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