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Explore the Eastern Sierra

As Highway 395 winds its way along the eastern edge of the Eastern Sierra, you will encounter a diverse natural and cultural landscape. Below, you can explore and listen to our interactive maps, or to the left, view our videos.

Volcanology and the Long Valley Caldera

As you drive along 395 past Crowley Lake to Mammoth Lakes, did you know you’re driving through the remnants of an ancient volcano? Learn how volcanology shaped this segment of Highway 395.

Mineralogy: The Wealth of Minerals in the Eastern Sierra

Geological forces shaped our region and gave us grand vistas, but below the ground, these forces left the 395 corridor rich with minerals. Experience how the desire to extract these minerals impacted the growth along Highway 395.

Obsidian of the Long and Owens Valley

Obsidian, a black glassy rock that can be found in and around the 395 corridor, formed a long time ago from lava flows. The unique properties of obsidian make it a highly sought after rock by both native and recent settlers.

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Experience the fascinating stories on how natural forces shaped the Eastern Sierra from the perspective of scientists and Native Americans. Explore our interactive map or download and burn our audio stories.
Scenic Science
Obsidian
Mountain Building
Volcanology
Mineralogy
Alpine Flora
Alpine Fauna
Weather & Climate
Desert Terminal Lakes
Desert Flora
Desert Fauna
Archeology
Mountain Travel
Glacier Story
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Natural and cultural forces, as explained by Native Americans and the descendants of western pioneers, shaped modern Mono County into a place rich in history, wildlife, and experiences.
Traditions, Travel, Tales of Mono
Traveling Birds at Mono Lake
The Amazing Painted Lady Butterflies
Mule Deer: Migration Routes
Seasonal Life of the Mono Lake Paiute
Traditional Basket Weaving Arts
The Ranchers that Mined the Miners
Lee Vining and Lundy Canyon Characters
Men that Marched These Canyons
The Secret of Sierra Trout
High Sierra Packing and Skiing
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Inyo County was a dramatic stage where the confluence of people, business, and technology created a truly American and inspiring story as told to us by Native Americans and Owens Valley residents.
Paiute, Prospectors, Pioneers
Early History of the Owens Valley
Paiute Legend of the Hot Springs
In Pursuit of Salt and Trade Routes
Mining and the Rise of Cerro Gordo
Cerro Gordo At its Prime
James Brady, Col. Sherman Stevens, and Remi Nadeau
Rail Advance to the Owens Valley
Ride Along with the Slim Princess
Adventures on the Slim Princess
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Explore the fascinating stories on how natural forces shaped the Eastern Sierras. You can explore our interactive map or even download it.
Customize a Tour

Are you planning to visit specific sites along Highway 395? Select all the places you plan to visit then click the download button. We will put all relevant audio stories into a .zip file for you, and you can burn them to a CD and enjoy.

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