More than 800 campsites are available in the Mammoth Lakes area, and many of them are located near alpine lakes and streams. If you are feeling adventurous, primitive camping is permitted in wilderness areas.

The camping is limited in the higher elevations. There is dispersed camping available on most all Forest Service and BLM land with a 28-day limit unless otherwise posted. There is a ton of camping, just not a lot of facilities. Much of the Owens Valley is D.W.P. land, so click here for recreation uses on D.W.P. land. In the Owens Valley, all campgrounds are open with overnight temps staying above freezing.

Reserve a campsite by calling 1-800-280-CAMP.

Wilderness reservations available through the Inyo National Forest Web site.

All quota trails on the Inyo National Forest will be 100% reservable. Reservations will be accepted until two days before entry on the trail. Permits will be mailed to the party leader. If requested, or if the reservation is made within a week of entry, the permit will be sent to the Ranger Station chosen by the reserver. Any unreserved permits will be available starting the day before entry at the ranger station. Permits for non-quota trails will also be reservable.

Quota Trails on the Inyo National Forest

Mono Lake Station - (760) 647-3000

Rush Creek

Mammoth Lakes Station - (760) 924-5500

Duck Pass - John Muir Trail, North
Deer Lakes - Minaret Lake
Red Cones, JMT - South Beck Lake
High Trail (PCT) - Fern Lake
River Trail - Fish Creek
Shadow Lake

White Mountain Station - (760) 873-2500

McGee Creek - Lamarck Lakes
Hilton Lakes - Sabrina Lake
Mono Pass - Treasure Lakes
Little Lakes Valley - Bishop Pass
Pine Creek - Big Pine, No. Fork
Piute Pass - Big Pine, So. Fork

Mt. Whitney Station (760) 876-6200

Taboose Pass - Mt. Whitney Trail
Sawmill Pass - N. Fork Lone Pine Cr. (Mountaineers Route)
Baxter Pass
Golden Trout Lakes - Meysan Lake
Kearsarge Pass - Cottonwood Lakes
Shepherd Pass - Cottonwood Pass

The quota period for Mt. Whitney Trail and North Fork of Lone Pine Creek is May 22 to October 15. All other trails are the last Friday in June to September 15. The toll free number is 1-888-374-3773. Please add your daytime telephone number on the reservation form.

Mount Whitney Rules
Mt. Whitney hikers will be required to have a special stamp on their permit to enter the Mt. Whitney Zone no matter what their entry trail is. The zone boundaries are: to the east, just above Lone Pine Lake; to the west, at the outlet of Timberline Lake; and to the north, along the Sequoia N.P. Inyo N.F. boundary to Mt. Russell (on the west side of the boundary line). Day hikers will also need a permit to enter the zone. Hikers wishing to hike Mt. Whitney during the full moon without camping will need an overnight permit unlike the past where no permit or a day hike permit was all that was required. All Whitney permits are reservable.

Adventure in Camping
Travel Trailer Rentals parked for you and picked up at the end of your stay.  Servicing all campgrounds from Crowley Lake, Convict Lake, Mammoth, Devil's Postpile, June Lake and Lee Vining.  760-935-4890.

Convict Lake Resort
A fantastic vacation spot for the whole family, located at one of the most pristine lakes in the Sierras. A great headquarters for your trout fishing, hiking, camping and boating vacation. We have cabins, fishing boats, horses and bicycles for rent. You can get all the supplies you need from our general store and dine at the fine "Restaurant at Convict Lake".

Ken's Sporting Goods
Carrying a full line of fly fishing gear, spin fishing gear, firearms, and camping gear. Rental equipment available. Located at 258 Main Street, Bridgeport, CA 93517. Phone: 760-932-7707.

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