The Inyo National Forest is located in the south center part of California.
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Welcome to the Inyo National Forest!


Scenic view of the Owens Valley with snow and Jeep on Buttermilk Road, Inyo National Forest  Snow and fall colors near Bishop Creek  Windblown spindrift at sunset  Wild Sierra Black Bear Kayak near tufa formation on Mono Lake, image by Julia Thomsen



Located in California's beautiful Eastern Sierra, the Inyo National Forest offers clean air, crystal blue skies, mountain lakes and streams, challenging trails, high mountain peaks, and beautiful views. With over two million acres, the Inyo National Forest is home to many natural wonders including Mt. Whitney, Mono Lake, Mammoth Lakes Basin, and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. More than 800,000 acres are in nine Congressionally-designated Wilderness Areas.

Recreational opportunities include camping, picnicking, hiking, backpacking, equestrian use, and off-highway vehicle use. Ski resorts offer alpine skiing and snowboarding; over 100 miles of trails groomed for multiple purpose winter use (snowmobile, ski, and snowshoe), and approximately 45 miles of trails groomed for cross-country skiing.

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Convict Lake

Please visit the planning section of our website for information on the Forest Plan Revision