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Motor Touring in the Eastern Sierra including Death Valley

Inyo County, California - Sport Utility Vehicle Routes

High Snowbanks up Bishop Creek, early 1915Welcome to the High Passes, back reaches, side roads and hidden corners of the Eastern Sierra and Death Valley! Spectacularly scenic Inyo County, California has some of the most rugged and varied terrain in the nation. This is a guide for people who want to see it up close.

How to use this guide?

The following links take you to an on-line version of "Motor Touring in the Eastern Sierra including Death Valley". This guide is available in hardcopy from any of the Ranger Stations or Chamber of Commerce in the Eastern Sierra. These files are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. These pages were originally produced for printing hardcopy on 10" x 16" paper in landscape format. When printing at home you may find a slight loss in resolution. Make sure you specify printing in landscape. The page will be shrunk down to fit on 8 x 11.

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If you like what you see from the highway, follow the links below to explore the out-of-the-way paved routes and wind your way into hidden places rich in history and natural wonders.

  • What's Out There?
    A preview of attractions and how to make the most of them.
  • Off-Highway Driving Tips (Adobe PDF), Text Only Version
    How to be safe and legal on rugged back roads, including what you'll want to remember to bring for yourself and your SUV.
  • Route Overview
    The whole area, locating all routes by name and number. While in the map, select a route number for a full description of what to expect, length, and what you will see along the way.
  • Show Me More!
    Museums and Visitor Centers, Chambers of Commerce and State and Federal Agencies where you can obtain a printed copy of the entire brochure, or write to request a copy.
  • Read Me More!
    Here are a few of our favorite books for bringing along on road trips - or reading on the hammock back at home.

The SUV Guide, " Motor Touring in the Eastern Sierra including Death Valley" is the property of the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, (ESIA). Please contact ESIA for permission to use or quote any of the materials contained in the guide. Telephone number - 760-873-2411.

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Look for this symbol along Hwy. 395 which identifies interpretive displays


The SUV guide is a cooperative effort of the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association and it partners and friends: the Bureau of Land Management - Bishop Field Office, the California State Parks - Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division, the Coalition of Chambers of Commerce of Inyo County, the County of Inyo, Death Valley National Park, Inyo National Forest - White Mountain Mt. Whitney Ranger Districts and the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

A special thanks goes out to all the individuals who contributed towards the development, writing, editing, design and production of this document.

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