“This is the most beautiful place on earth.” –Edward Abbey
Inyo is a region, a County, a National Forest and a mountain range. The name 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. It includes nearly twenty named mountain ranges and valleys and 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.
To learn about other places, check our Get Out page.