Inyo National Forest
is a federally protected forest
in the United States
. It is mostly located in California
, but has a small section in western Nevada
of . It stretches from the eastern side of Yosemite
to south of Sequoia National Park
. Geographically it is split in two, with each part roughly serving as a border of Owens Valley
, the Mammoth Lakes
region and the Mono Lake
region. A majority of the forest is federally protected wilderness, including part of the Ansel Adams Wilderness
The name "Inyo" comes from a Native American word meaning "dwelling place of the great spirit." It was used by local Native Americans to describe the local mountains, now known as the Inyo Mountains, to early settlers of the area. The Inyo National Forest was named after Inyo County, California, in which much of the Forest resides. It is located in parts of Inyo, Mono, Tulare, and Madera counties in California, and Esmeralda and Mineral counties in Nevada. Forest headquarters are located in Bishop, California. The forest was established on May 25, 1907. On July 1, 1945 land from the former Mono National Forest was added.
The Forest is home to the oldest non-clonal living tree on earth: the Bristlecone pine named "Methuselah", dated at 4,839 years old, grows at an undisclosed location within the forest.
Popular within Inyo National Forest are: