Owens Valley: Dispersed high desert ranches & small town homes, with creek to valley floor at the base of the majestic Eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range. This is one of those blink & you're already thru it kinda towns on Hwy 395. Sagebrush high desert, minimal greenery & granite alpine bliss all within a few miles of each other. Take the drive way up to Onion Valley for a picnic - or a full day hike, to the teal bluest lakes that only dreams are made of.
Rock Hounding South Along Hwy. 395 near
Independence - East on Colosuim Rd. 3 miles - follow power lines 5 miles, South 2 miles to Crystal Ridge, continue into Inyo Mountains. Minerals found - Clear and Smokey Quartz, Amethyst with red tint, Hematite, Snail Fossils.
- nearby towns:
- Big Pine
- Lone Pine
- Panamint Springs
- Death Valley
Independence Chamber of Commerce
Onion Valley Trailheads
Friends of the Inyo
Eastern Sierra - Highway 395
Onion Valley & Kearsarge Pass Photos
Still Life Cafe
Fort Independence Indians
Eastern Sierra Transit Authority
John Muir Wilderness Hiking Maps
PCT - Pacific Crest Trail Maps
Cinder Cones - Meet the Volcanoes
Eastern Sierra Interpretive Assoc.