Inyo National Forest Campgrounds
Mammoth Lakes offers unprecedented camping in the great outdoor wilderness.
You know that. This is a list of the most popular Inyo National Forest campgrounds and surrounding area. You can reserve your Mammoth campsites through the online
reservations service provided by the National Recreation Reservation
Service. If the campground is available, then reserve it. They do get booked up in advance, so if don't you will be driving all night long looking for availability. Campgrounds are
sometimes rated by difficulty. This refers to the means in which you get there, such as availability by hiking, walking or climbing. Family sites
should be reserved ahead of time, with as much notice as allowed as there are never enough to go around.
Mammoth Lakes Basin Campgrounds
There are five lakes in the basin area, but not all offer campsites. The sites are
Coldwater, (properly named!) at Lake Mary, Twin Lakes at Twin Lakes,
Lake George (no sites), Lake Mamie (no sites) and Pine
City also at Lake Mary near Coldwater. There are a total of 246 sites and here and everywhere there is a nightly fee. Most are open mid-June
until mid-September. It is dependent on the snow melt as that area is not plowed. In a year with typical storm patterns, the road to the lakes gets plowed by Memorial Day. This means that there will likely be bits of snow on the ground in the early season. Twin
Lakes and Pine City take reservations. The rest of the campgrounds are available
on a first come basis.
Reds Meadow Area
There are seven camping areas throughout the Reds
Meadow campgrounds area - Agnew Meadows, Minaret Falls, Reds Meadow, Pumice
Flat, Upper Soda Springs, Agnew Meadows (group) and Pumice Flat
(group). All are concessionaire operated. There are 150 total camp sites available.
Mammoth Village Area
In the town area of Mammoth Lakes there are three campground areas
- Shady Rest, Sherwin
Creek and Pine Glen (group). All are concessionaire operated. Shady Rest also allows motor homes and is very popular.
Camping at Convict Lake is also one of the more popular choices. There are 88 campsites, a dump station
available for RVs and a delicious restaurant right across the street. At the lake there are boats to rent, horses and a bait and tackle shop. You should consider dining at "The Restaurant At Convict Lake" at least once. The food is impeccable.
Yosemite National Park
Camping is permitted only in designated Yosemite Campgrounds. Camp 4/Sunnyside Walk-In campground in Yosemite
Valley is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Outside
of Yosemite Valley, Wawona and Hodgdon Meadows campgrounds are open,
also on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations are required
from May through September. All other campgrounds close for winter.
Call the Recreation.gov reservation system at 1-800-436-7275 for telephone reservations.
Call Yosemite National Park 1-209-372-0200 for recorded information on visiting and camping in Yosemite.
Call Stanislaus National Forest 1-209-532-3671 for status on their campgrounds.
They may provide alternate camping choices near Yosemite.
Inyo National Forest Campgrounds
Some campgrounds in the Inyo National Forest are labeled for groups only. Only a few campgrounds
in the forest are open for the winter. If you're a brave soul and want to go winter camping check these out. These include:
the Lone Pine campgrounds, or Oak
Creek campgrounds in Lone Pine, Intake II (walk-in), the Holiday Tuff campgrounds near Rock Creek
and Grandview campgrounds at Bristlecone. Yes, experienced campers really do camp in the winter in or near Mammoth. The weather is generally 28 degrees during the day, but at night it can drop well below that.
Many Inyo County campgrounds are open year-round, but the following
are closed in the winter: Millpond Recreation Area and Schober Lane
(Brown's Town). Call the local area Ranger Station to verify any unexpected closures due to Mother Nature, of find out any updated news or facilities on the area.
Death Valley National Park
All of the campgrounds in Death Valley are open. Thorndike and Mahogany
Flat are open to high clearance vehicles, no water is available.
Reservations for Furnace Creek sites and the group sites
at Texas Springs can be made up to five months in advance
on the 5th of each month.
Call Death Valley National Park 1-800-365-2267 for reservations.
Sequoia / Kings Canyon National Parks
If big trees are your thing, consider going to the other side of Mammoth into the Sequoia National Park. There are 100s of campgrounds in the Sequoia
National Forest and there is a Sequoia group site as well. Kings Canyon is a popular place in the Sequoia Forest.
Call Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks 1-559-565-3341 for recorded park information
FOR MORE INFORMATON
Bridgeport Ranger Station 760-932-7070
Diaz Lake Recreational Area 760-876-5656
Forest Service campsites 800-280-2267
Lee Vining Ranger Station 760-647-3000
Mammoth Ranger Station 760-924-550,
Mono Lake Ranger District 619-647-6525
Mt. Whitney Station 760-876-6200
White Mountain Station 760-873-2500
Yosemite Area Traveler Information 209-726-5090