Propane and gas stoves in developed recreation sites only.

Emergency Fire Resitrictions in effect

Inyo National Forest is partially re-opened: 

Open: The South Sierra Wilderness, the northern segment of the Golden Trout Wilderness, the Owens River Headwater Wilderness, and the Hoover Wilderness Areas for day and overnight use.

Wildernesses in the Inyo Mountains and the White Mountains, the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, front country areas outside of Wilderness throughout the forest, developed sites, resorts, and recreation resident cabins are and have been open. This includes areas for activities such as dispersed camping, OHV, fishing, hiking and mountain biking in areas throughout the forest that are not included in the forest closure.


Per Forest Order No.05-04-50-20-20, the following are closed:

  • The John Muir Wilderness and Ansel Adams Wilderness Areas
  • Inyo National Forest outside of wilderness within Madera County and outside of the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. The most common destinations are Reds Meadow Valley and the Devils Postpile National Monument. This area remains closed due to the Creek Fire to the west. The Reds Meadow Road is closed at Minaret Vista.

Exhibits (maps)

Forest Closure 05-04-51-20-16 remains in effect and closes areas in the south west of the Golden Trout Wilderness due to the SQF Complex (Castle Fire).

Forest order 05-04-54-20-15 remains in effect and includes Navy Beach and the South Tufa Area.

These closures remain in effect because fire danger remains high and to prevent new fires from starting. Availability of firefighting resources remain a continuing concern in this fire year. The Creek Fire continues to bring substantial safety concerns for visitors and hikers in the John Muir and Ansel Adams Wilderness areas. 

Fire Restrictions are in effect.

Propane and gas stove use are now permitted in developed recreation sites in National Forests in California. Developed recreation sites are defined as areas that have been improved or developed for recreation such as campgrounds and day use sites. These restrictions have been extended through October 30.  

No fires, including camp stoves, are permitted in dispersed camping areas or in Wilderness areas that are open.

We continue to recommend that you recreate locally-- here are current conditions.


Visitor Centers are offering virtual service this year. Wilderness permits are online only! Pick up instructions

New: Inyo National Forest forest order for stay limits. including Exhibit A

Watch Experience Inyo—a video to help orient you to this beautiful forest

Popular Recreation Activities

Hiking Camping Fishing Picnic areas. Winter Sports. OHV icon


Recent News


2021 Fire and Non-Fire Temporary Employment Outreach

Join our team on Inyo National Forest and enjoy one of the most beautiful areas of the world - the Eastern Sierra.

Apply for 2021 seasonal jobs October 30,2020 through November 10, 2020.

Outreach for Fire Employment

Outreach for Non-Fire Employment

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace principles on Mt. Whitney require additional measures because of the trail's popularity.

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Land Management Plan

Mountain lake with snow dabbled mountains in the background

Revising the Inyo National Forest's 1988 land management plan (forest plan) because economic, social, and ecological conditions have changed and new scientific information is available.

Mammoth Stamp Mill Site Closed

Records can be viewed at:
Inyo National Forest
Supervisor's Office
351 Pacu Lane
Bishop CA 93514
Contact: Colleen Garcia


Reds Meadow Road Improvements Project

Shuttle bus and car meet on the narrow road to Reds Meadow.

Proposed road improvements to include reconstruction and widening, slope stabilization, drainage, and retaining walls.