The Inyo National Forest provides a variety of recreational opportunities for more than 5 million visitors each year, year 'round.
Camping and fishing attracts thousands of visitors during the summer months.
Beginner to expert anglers can try their luck fishing at more than 400 lakes and 1,100 miles of streams that provide habitat for Golden Trout, German Brown and Rainbow Trout.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area becomes a summer mecca for mountain bike enthusiasts as they ride the challenging Kamikaze trail from the top of the 11,053 foot Mammoth Mountain or one of the other many trails that transect the front country of the forest.
Thirty-one trailheads provide access to the 1,308,477 acres of wilderness backcountry for hikers seeking to escape into primitive and pristine areas.
There are 33 interpretive sites of historical or natural history interest.
One hundred and seven campgrounds and picnic sites provide more than 2,200 family campsites, 78 group campsites and many picnic areas.
Many resort facilities and pack stations operate under special use permits from the forest to serve additional visitor needs.
The Inyo offers a full range of winter activities. Mammoth Mountain / June Mountain Ski Areas provide a total of 38 lifts, 3 aerial gondolas, 2 surface lifts and miles of groomed trails for beginner to expert skiers. It is one of the largest ski areas in the country. There is cross-country skiing at three groomed cross-country ski areas or try an ungroomed blue-diamond trail to really get away from it all.
The Forest Service maintains 100 miles of groomed snowmobile trails leading to thousands of acres of ungroomed snowmobile play areas.