While driving on the 395 headed to Mono Lake and Inyo National Forest in California, an XplorMor Team member noticed the sign for Fossil Falls near a giant red cinder cone to the right off the highway. The team member quickly googled for more info as I turned the car off the highway and on to the dirt road. The Internet said we’d find a trail and interesting rock formations at the falls. What that particular site failed to mention is that Fossil Falls is a dry creek bed; water hasn’t run through it for ages. Yet, there’s plenty of signs to show how fiercely it once ran.
Fossil Falls rock formations were clearly carved and etched and smoothed over much time by the river that used to run through the valley from snow melt of the nearby Coso Mountain range. We climbed down into crevasses and wound ourselves around the winding stone, and into the valley floor, exploring the facets and caves as we went. We even came across some unexpected petroglyphs at Fossil Falls of animals. A great find!
Read more and watch the XplorMor Expedition slide show to Fossil Falls and other incredible sites hidden in the lands of Inyo National Forest, California. There’s dozens of trails to hike, lakes to paddle and mountains to scale. Get out there and enjoy them!