Places and Destinations

“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.

Mammoth Lakes Basin
Mammoth Lakes Basin

“The Mammoth Lakes Basin has a lifetime supply of adventures waiting for you.”

White Mountains
White Mountains

“To wake up after a cold night to the first light after a storm has broken can only be described as magical.”

Owens Lake
Owens Lake

“We work for the young ones that follow us. It matters. Simple as that.”

High Sierra
High Sierra

“You get to connect with others in a way that reminds you how good people are.”

June Lake
June Lake

“I will give thanks and marvel at how an awesome place got even better.”

Glass Creek Meadow
Glass Creek Meadow

“Glass Creek Meadow hints at what the future holds.”