Maps & Publications
The US Forest Service provides several types of publications and maps to the public. The material is available in many forms: brochures, maps, Recreational Opportunity Guides (ROGs), on such subjects as recreation, sightseeing, wilderness, travel management, and vegetation.
The Forest Service publishes a variety of map products to help you plan your next adventure or enjoy your next visit. Select the "Forest Maps" link for the full list of maps that are available from the forest.
- You can purchase National Forest Visitor Maps and a variety of other maps through our partner organization, The Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA).
- Several types of mobile compatible maps are available from Avenza Maps.
- US Geological Survey website offers USGS Topographic Maps and National Forest Visitor Maps for purchase on-line.
- California Trail Users Coalition (CTUC) OHV Trail Maps are for navigation. The maps can be downloaded on-line or requested by email.
In general, forest visitor and other kinds of maps may also be purchased at Inyo National Forest Visitor Centers.
Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM)
The Motor Vehicle Use Map displays National Forest System routes (roads and trails) or areas designated open to motorized travel. The Motor Vehicle Use Map also displays uses allowed by vehicle class (highway-legal vehicles, vehicles less than 50 inches wide and motorcycles), and seasonal allowances.
Our publications fall into a few broad categories: administrative, general, recreation and research publications.
Recreation Opportunity Guides
These are just a sampling of the types of handouts that are free at your local forest office.
- Mono Lake Ranger District
- Mammoth Ranger District
- White Mountain Ranger District
- Mt.Whitney Ranger District
Donations are appreciated for special publications
- "Backroad Tours in the Eastern Sierra: Inyo County" (pdf, 1.7mb) This guide is a cooperative project of the land management agencies and chambers of commerce. Our goal is to encourage you to spend time in the Eastern Sierra and Death Valley and enjoy and care for its irreplaceable wonders. The routes are almost entirely on public land, your land.
- "Wildflower Hot Spots of the Eastern Sierra" (pdf, 4.7mb) Twelve wildflower sites represent the diversity of environments that are found throughout the Eastern Sierra with directions, a map, GPS coordinates, a description of the natural history of the area, plant lists, and photos.
The field report titled "Eastern Sierra Expanded Transit System" (completed by consultant Cambridge Systematics) emphasizes need for coordinated and expanded transit services in the Eastern Sierra.
- Eastern Sierra Expanded Transit System field report (pdf, 3.5 mb)