Exploration

THE IMPORTANCE OF EXPLORATION

Friends of the Inyo believes the more people connect with nature’s beauty, the more compelled they will be to protect public lands.

On foot, skis or 4×4, the Friends of the Inyo community gets outside and encourages others to come along. By exploring new places and sharing your own stories of this place, you can become part of the family of people who love and care for the Eastern Sierra today and tomorrow.

WHERE TO EXPLORE in the INYO

The name Inyo comes from a Native American word meaning “dwelling place of the great spirit.” As a region, Inyo can be defined a number of different ways—it includes the counties of Inyo and Mono, with nearly twenty named mountain ranges and valleys, a land area of some 13,000 square miles (that’s over eight million acres!) and both the highest (Mount Whitney) and the lowest (Badwater Basin, in Death Valley National Park) points in the US.

More than 90% of the Inyo region is in public ownership. That explains why it’s a bit difficult to simply list our work areas and all the cool places there are to explore in the Inyo region. Below are some options to explore not only where Friends of the Inyo does the majority of our work, but also some of our favorite areas and areas of special significance or concern.

Get Outs

Special trips featured in our magazine the Jeffrey Pine Journal

Get out: 2020 Bodie Hills
Get out: 2020 Bodie Hills
Get Out: Conglomerate Mesa
Get Out: Conglomerate Mesa
Get Out Spring 2019: Glass Creek
Get Out Spring 2019: Glass Creek
Get Out Fall 2019: Lamark Lakes
Get Out Fall 2019: Lamark Lakes
Get Out Spring 2018: Mountain Bike White Mountain
Get Out Spring 2018: Mountain Bike White Mountain
Get Out Spring 2017: Alabama Hills
Get Out Spring 2017: Alabama Hills
Get Out Fall 2017: Devils Postpile
Get Out Fall 2017: Devils Postpile
Get Out Spring 2016: White Inyo Bridge
Get Out Spring 2016: White Inyo Bridge
Get Out Spring 2015: Pat Keyes Trail
Get Out Spring 2015: Pat Keyes Trail
Get Out Fall 2014: Marble Canyon
Get Out Fall 2014: Marble Canyon
Get Out Spring 2014: Bodie Hills
Get Out Spring 2014: Bodie Hills
Get Out Spring 2013: Conifer Island
Get Out Spring 2013: Conifer Island

Special Areas

Special Areas with links to their corresponding Get Out features

Glass Mountain
Glass Mountain
Marble Canyon
Marble Canyon
Mammoth Lakes Basin
Mammoth Lakes Basin
White Mountains
White Mountains
Owens Lake
Owens Lake
High Sierra
High Sierra
June Lake
June Lake
Glass Creek Meadow
Glass Creek Meadow
Alabama Hills
Alabama Hills

Recurring Friends of the Inyo Exploration Events

Owens Lake Bird Festival
Owens Lake Bird Festival
Big Day Bird Count
Big Day Bird Count