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CALIFORNIA CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY
INYO NATIONAL FOREST
Campground Directory and Information
Includes Inyo National Forest and surrounding
tourist attractions.
Dispersed and Primitive Camping

ALABAMA HILLS
Alabama Hills Recreation Area is actually
BLM Land, but included on this page because
it is in the same area and includes some
amazing scenery.

BIG SPRINGS CAMPGROUND
Hwy.395
Turn east on Owens River Road.
There are several free campgrounds...

Bristlecone Pine Tree
Bristlecone Pine Tree

BRISTLECONE PINE FOREST
Take Hwy.395 north to Big Pine, CA
One of our favorites with incredible views
of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Elevations
above 10,000 feet.

BUTTERMILK COUNTRY
West from Bishop on Hwy.168
Turn on Buttermilk Road and there are
primitive campsites along the road and
McGee Creek. Great scenery and popular
area with the rock climbers.

COTTONWOOD CANYON
About 10 miles south of Lone Pine, CA
Nice area with a couple primitive campsites.

Crowley Lake South View
Crowley Lake South View from Hwy.395

CROWLEY LAKE
Crowley Lake is on BLM Land???,
Surrounded by Inyo National Forest
with several dispersed camping areas.

Deadman Campground
Near Deadman Campground

DEADMAN CAMPGROUND
Upper and Lower Deadman Campgrounds
Hwy.395

GLASS CREEK CAMPGROUND
Hwy.395
Turn west on Obsidian Dome Road.

Lava Dome
Lava Dome near Hartley Springs Campground

HARTLEY SPRINGS CAMPGROUND
Hartley Springs Campground is large and
spread out. Picnic tables, metal firerings,
and outhouse.

PINE CREEK ROAD
Primitive campsites along Pine Creek

PV PIT CAMPGROUND
Near Pleasant Valley Campground...

21 Day Camping Limit as a general rule.

ESTABLISHED CAMPGROUNDS:
These are campgrounds that charge a fee
AERIE CRAG CAMPGROUND
AGNEW MEADOW CAMPGROUND
BIG MEADOW CAMPGROUND
COLD WATER CAMPGROUND
CONVICT LAKE CAMPGROUND

Horseshoe Meadow / Cottonwood Pass
Horseshoe Meadow / Cottonwood Pass

COTTONWOOD PASS WALK-IN C.G.
Fee area
Picnic tables, metal firerings, vaulted toilets,
garbage service, water(In season), and bear
proof storage lockers.

EAST FORK CAMPGROUND
FRENCH CAMPGROUND
HOLIDAY CAMPGROUND
IRIS MEADOW CAMPGROUND

Road to Lone Pine Campground
Road towards Lone Pine Campground

LONE PINE CAMPGROUND
Free during winter months
14 Day Limit
Picnic tables, metal firerings, vaulted toilets,
and garbage service. Bear proof food lockers.
From Lone Pine take Whitney Portal Road...
MCGEE CREEK CAMPGROUND
MINARET FALLS CAMPGROUND
MOSQUITO FLAT CAMPGROUND

Oak Creek Campground
Oak Creek Campground

OAK CREEK CAMPGROUND
Free during winter months
14 Day Limit
Picnic tables, metal firerings, vaulted toilets
About 1 1/2 mile north of Independence
Turn towards Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery
NEW SHADY REST CAMPGROUND
OLD SHADY REST CAMPGROUND
PALISADE CAMPGROUND
PINE CITY CAMPGROUND
PINE GROVE CAMPGROUND
PUMICE FLATS CAMPGROUND
REDS MEADOW CAMPGROUND
Showers...
REVERSED CREEK CAMPGROUND
ROCK CREEK LAKE CAMPGROUND
SHERWIN CREEK CAMPGROUND
SILVER LAKE CAMPGROUND
TUFF CAMPGROUND
TWIN LAKES CAMPGROUND
UPPER PINE GROVE CAMPGROUND
UPPER SODA SPRINGS CAMPGROUND

Lake Sabrina
Lake Sabrina

North Lake
North Lake

INYO COUNTY CAMPGROUNDS
BAKER CREEK
$10.00 Camping / Free Day Use
West of Big Pine, CA
70 spaces???
BIG PINE TRIANGLE
1/2 mile north from Big Pine, CA

Diaz Lake Campground
Diaz Lake Campground

DIAZ LAKE CAMPGROUND
$10.00 Camping / Free Day Use
2 1/2 mile south of Lone Pine, CA
Lake is on the west side of Hwy.395
Picnic tables, metal firerings, BBQ grills,
Flush and vaulted toilets, drinking water.
INDEPENDENCE CREEK CAMPGROUND
From Independence turn west on Market Street
1/2 mile turn on Creek Road
campground is about 2 1/2 miles
25 spaces

Owens River
Owens River flowing through Pleasant Valley

PLEASANT VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Inyo County Campground
$10 Overnight Camping
Free Day Use Area
Picnic tables, metal firerings, BBQ grills,
vaulted toilets, and drinking water.
Campground is on both sides of the
Owens River. 260 spaces

Portagee Joe Campground
Portagee Joe Campground
N 3636.001
W 11804.295

PORTAGE JOE CAMPGROUND
Inyo County Campground
$10 Overnight Camping
Free Day Use Area
Picnic tables, metal firerings, BBQ grills,
vaulted toilets, garbage, and drinking water.
Next to a power substation and high voltage
power lines.

Taboose Campground
Taboose Campground

Taboose Campground
Taboose Campground

Taboose Campground
Taboose Campground

TABOOSE CREEK CAMPGROUND
$10.00 Campground Fee
14 1/2 miles north of Independence, CA
Turn west on Toboose Creek Road
Campground about 2 1/2 miles
Picnic tables, metal firerings, BBQ grills,
vaulted toilets. Steam and well water.
55 spaces
Campground is surrounded by Lava Fields
High voltage power lines through campground.

Tinnemaha Reservoir
Tinnemaha Reservoir

Tinnemaha Campground
Tinnemaha Campground

TINNEMAHA CAMPGROUND
$10.00 Campground Fee
19 1/2 mile north of Independence, CA
Turn west on Fish Springs Road
1/2 mile turn on Tinnemaha Road
Campground is about 2 miles
Picnic tables, metal firerings, BBQ grills,
vaulted toilets. Steam and well water.
55 spaces
High voltage power lines through campground.

DEVIL'S POSTPILE NATIONAL MONUMENT
Mandatory shuttle bus ride to Devil's Postpile.
Park at the ski lifts...

Mono Lake South Tufa
Mono Lake South Tufa

Highway 167
Highway 167

Highway 167 California / Nevada Border
Highway 167 California / Nevada Border

Hot Creek
Hot Creek

HOT CREEK GEOLOGICAL SITE
Hot Springs and scenic area....
On Road#3S45. From Hwy.395 north
of Mammoth Airport, turn on Hot Creek
Road towards Hot Creek Fish Hatchery.

EARTHQUAKE FAULT
Interesting... there was still snow at the
bottom of the fault.

Inyo Craters
Inyo Craters

Inyo Craters
Inyo Craters

INYO CRATERS
Road#3S22
Both craters have lakes at the bottom.
1/4 mile walk, with moderate upgrades.

Sierra Nevada Mountains
Sierra Nevada Mountains

Zurich Station
Zurich Station
Hwy.168 about 2 miles east of Big Pine, CA
N 3711.023
W 11815.708
Elevation: 3912'

Owens River
Owens River from Hwy.168
(About a mile east of Big Pine)
N 3710.708
W 11815.946
Elevation: 3905'

Elk on Highway 395
Elk at Wildlife Viewing Area on Hwy.395
Between Big Pine and Independence, CA

BEAR FACTS
This is bear country.

RATTLESNAKE FACTS
Rattlesnakes are common sights.

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW
WHAT FIRE RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT
Shovel and water required when dispersed camping.
California Fire Permit Required...

Plague Caution
Plague Caution...

Plague is fairly common, should always
take caution around wild rodents.

Alabama Hills
Alabama Hills

ALABAMA HILLS
Alabama Hills Recreation Area
is BLM Public Lands. Included
on this page, because it is in the
same area and free camping allowed.

Arch Off Whitney Portal Road
Arch Off Whitney Portal Road

ARCHES OF ALABAMA HILLS
There are 100s of natural arches...

Chidago Canyon Petroglyphs
Chidago Canyon Petroglyphs

CHIDAGO CANYON PETROGLYPHS
About 20 miles north from Bishop, CA
Including Chidago Petroglyphs, Red Rock
Petroglyphs, Fish Slough Petroglyphs, and
Chalfant Petroglyphs.


Mural located in Bishop, CA

Wireless Internet connections at several
locations in Bishop or Mommoth.

Best Grocery Store in Bishop, CA
is Manor Market on Hwy.168 west
of town. (At the Shell Gas Station)
Much cheaper and fresher produce
than the major food chains...

Death Valley
Death Valley...

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
Photos and information about Death Valley.
Includes free Campground Directory.

Mount Whitney
Mount Whitney 14,497'

Also see: ALABAMA HILLS
Also see: BAKER CREEK
Also see:
BLACK ROCK RESERVOIR
Also see:
BRECKENRIDGE
Also see:
BRISTLECONE PINE FOREST
Also see:
BUTTERMILK COUNTRY
Also see:
CROWLEY LAKE
Also see:
DEATH VALLEY / SALINE
Also see:
DEATH VALLEY / WILDROSE
Also see:
GOVERNMENT WASH
Also see:
KIRCH FLAT CAMPGROUND
Also see:
LAKE ISABELLA
Also see:
MONO HOT SPRINGS
Also see:
SEQUOIA NF / HWY 190
Also see:
SHERMAN PASS ROAD
Also see:
TRONA PINNACLES
Also see:
WAGON WHEEL
Also see:
WALKER PASS

This is a scenic area with crazy landscapes.
From the Mono Lake Basin... Yosemite
National Park, Death Valley National Park,
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, ect... from
Mount Whitney at 14,495' (The highest
mountain in the lower 48 states), to Badwater
Basin, the lowest point at 282' below sea level.
There are extremes everywhere.

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park

Ellery Lake
Ellery Lake / Hwy.120 - Elevation 9538'

Mono Lake South Tufa
Mono Lake South Tufa

It is recommended to buy a National Parks Pass
Covers entrance fees to all National Parks and
most fees for National Forests and BLM Lands.
Valid one year from month of purchase.

Old house in Keeler California
Old house in Keeler, CA

KEELER, CALIFORNIA
Photos from Keeler, CA
Located on Hwy.136
13 miles east from Lone Pine, CA
What a bizarre town... a complete subculture.
Included under the listing for Ghost Towns.

Indian Mortars and Dynamite Holes
LATITUDE: N 3636.177
LONGITUDE: W 11804.470
Grinding Rock with Dynamite Holes
Near the Information Kiosk on Whitney Portal Road.

INDIAN GRINDING STONES AND MORTARS
You can find several Indian Mortars in the Alabama
Hills and surrounding area.

Cattle Graveyard
Cattle Graveyard
What a horrible sight to see...
There is a calf hanging out through the rib cage
and the hay from the stomach spilled out on the
ground.

CATTLE GRAVEYARD
LATITUDE: N 3635.210
LONGITUDE: W 11804.162
This is not an official Tourist Attraction.

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LINKS:
http://www.owensvalleyhistory.com
Some good history and stories

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