Inyo County, California

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Coordinates: 36°35′N 117°25′W / 36.583°N 117.417°W / 36.583; -117.417

Inyo County is situated on the east side of the Sierra Nevada and southeast of Yosemite National Park in east central California. The county includes the Owens River Valley; it is flanked on the east by the Sierra and by the White Mountains and the Inyo Mountains.

Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the Continental United States, is on Inyo County's western border (with Tulare County). The Badwater Basin, in Death Valley National Park, the lowest place in North America, is in eastern Inyo County. The two points are not visible from each other, but both can be observed from the Panamint Range on the west side of Death Valley, above the Panamint Valley.

The county seat is Independence. As of 2000 Inyo County had a population of 17,945.


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