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Fall colors at California’s Conway Summit

Take in the views from Conway Summit Area of Critical Environmental Concern, a destination for aspen viewers in the fall as the trees turn brilliant shades of yellow and orange against the backdrop of the Sierra.

Conway Summit is a mountain pass in Mono County, California. It offers spectacular views of Mono Lake and the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The summit is traversed by U.S. Highway 395, which connects Bridgeport and the East Walker River on the north side of the pass to Mono Lake and Lee Vining to the south. It marks the highest point on U.S. 395.

Conway Summit was named after John Andrew Conway, a settler in the area in 1880. Geographically, it was formed from an upland plateau by the sinking of the land in the Mono basin area. The Sawtooth Ridge of the eastern Sierra Nevada, topped by 12,279 foot Matterhorn Peak, rises to the west of the pass; Green Creek and Virginia Lakes, in the Sierra Nevada to the west of the pass, are two local destinations for fishing, camping and aspen trees. The Bodie Hills and the infamous Bodie ghost town lie to the east.

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM.

Happy Halloween! Our public lands are always welcoming, often stunning and occasionally a little spooky. Check out this haunting picture of Conway Summit Area of Critical Environmental Concern in California, which includes this week’s full moon – the Hunter’s Moon. Photographer Bob Wick said “I was afraid that I would miss the leaves this year but there were still some dramatic colors showing.” Photo by Bob Wick, @mypubliclands.

Fall can turn into winter quickly at Conway Summit Area of Critical Environmental Concern in California. The dramatic landscape includes spectacular mountains, valleys, lakes, streams and scenery that will take your breath away. Photo by Bob Wick, @mypubliclands.

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NEW fall photos from BLMer Bob Wick!   #SeeBLM

“I took off early yesterday to do a marathon trip over to the Eastern Sierra to get an aspen fall-color fix.  I was afraid that I would miss the leaves this year but there were still some dramatic colors showing.  I coincided last night’s trip with the October full moon–the Hunter’s Moon.

The Conway Summit Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) is managed by the BLM California’s Bishop Field Office, adjacent to U.S. 395, so it offers some of the most accessible and spectacular fall color viewing areas anywhere in California. The backdrop is formed by 12,000 foot peaks of the Ansel Adams Wilderness and Yosemite National Park. The last of the color will probably last through this weekend unless rain/snow knocks off the leaves.” 

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A little Monday motivation from your public lands – snow dusts falls over the Eastern Sierra. BLMer Bob Wick took these photos of Bodie Hills Wilderness and Conway Summit in BLM California several years ago.  Some of our favorite photos of the area!  #SeeBLM

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Tomorrow, the first day of winter, we’re kicking off our WINTER BUCKET LIST series!

Each day of winter, we’ll feature BLM-managed locations that you should add to your bucket list - for spectacular winter scenery, unique features and events, and even a few warmer locations for a winter getaway. #SeeBLM

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