The Saline Valley Ecological Reserve is 520 acres. The valley is an arid desert region with a few small streams and springs scattered along the base of the mountains on the west, and a few springs along the eastern alluvial slopes. Near the southern end of the valley is a salt lake, which is normally dry, and adjacent to the southwest end of the salt lake is a salt marsh which retains water year-round, forming some open water ponds in addition to the vegetated marsh area. Animal species include deer mice, rabbits, lizards, and numerous bird species.
For more information, call the Inland Deserts Region Bishop office at (760) 872-1171.