Answers to common questions regarding Forest Closure
Are Inyo National Forest campgrounds
Yes, all campgrounds on the forest are closed.
Can I dispersed camp?
The forest closure prohibits dispersed
camping and closes forest roads.
Can I hike on trails?
Trails are included under the closure.
Can I fish, paddle, or boat on lakes?
Inyo National Forest lakes and streams are
closed under the order.
What if I am exiting a backpack?
The Inyo National Forest understands that
people have trips planned and vehicles staged.
This is not an emergency evacuation, but a
closure. People should make an expedient,
orderly, and safe completion of their hikes.
However, people who are planning hikes and
backpacks and are aware that they will enter a
closed area should change those plans.
Resupply requests are handled on a case-by-
Any wilderness permit that originates on the
Inyo is being cancelled through September 17th
Can I travel to places like Mammoth Lakes
or June Lake Loop, Aspendell, etc.?
County and State roads and routes are open
and not jurisdictionally affected by this order.
Additionally, these towns are people’s homes
and communities, and they need access to
them. However, special use events that use
these roads and which pass through InyoNational Forest lands would not be permitted
during the closure.
Are National Parks closed?
Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, and
Death Valley National Parks remain open. The
Devils Postpile National Monument closed
under an order that mirrors the forest closure.
Are Bureau of Land Management Lands
Bureau of Land Management lands are
currently open, including their campgrounds,
with fire restrictions.
Inyo County Campgrounds are currently
open with fire restrictions.
Are Los Angeles Department of Water and
Power Lands (LADWP) open?
LADWP lands rare currently open. As a
reminder, camping and fires are never
permitted/allowed on LADWP land.
It is important to have a good map of the area
to identify public lands by jurisdiction
The Visitor Interactive Map may also help you
identify jurisdictional boundaries.
I have an AIRBNB in Mammoth, June Lake,
Bishop, etc.? Can I still come?
The closure does not affect hotels or other
rentals on private land. However, visitors
should understand that many of the activities
that they would normally plan in and around
these communities that are on forest land will
be affected by the closure.
Are there exemptions for forest
permittees who are providing certain
services, recreation residents, and
other special use permitted
Persons with Forest Service Permit No.
FS-7700-48 (Permit for Use of Roads,
Trails, or Areas Restricted by Regulation
or Order) may be exempted from this
order. Permittees should work with their
District Ranger for these exemptions.
Can I ride a bike, walk on the Lakes Basin
Visitors and residents may ride their bikes or
walk on the Town of Mammoth Lakes paved
multi-use path up to the Twin Lakes gate.
Hiking trails and dirt bike trails are closed
Hayden Cabin is closed.
Shady Rest Park:
Is open per an exemption granted to the Town
of Mammoth Lakes
Does this closure apply to locals?
The closure is for all use on the forest and
there are not exceptions for locals.
Can you bike on the roads, Pine Creek,
Bishop Creek, Rock Creek, Devil Postpile,
County roads and State routes are not affected
by the closure, Devils Postpile Road after Hwy
203 is a forest road and would be included in
Is the Humboldt -Toiyabe National Forest
Please check this link:
Is Earthquake Fault closed?
With the Closure of Inyo National Forest, the
following service modifications are effective
starting tomorrow, September 1:
Reds Meadow Shuttle – No entrance to the
valley. Twice a day a shuttle will sweep the
valley for hikers exiting the trailhead. At The
Reds Meadow Resort, 12pm and 5pm. This
schedule will be posted at the bus stops. This
modified service will run through Labor Day
unless deemed necessary to continue.
Lakes Basin Trolley – No entrance to the
Lakes Basin. Through Labor Day, a shuttle will
be stationed at the Twin Lakes gate from 9am
to 5pm to evacuate hikers.
Bishop Creek Shuttle – No entrance. Exit only
through Labor Day.
The forest will allow for exceptions with forest
entry for people with legitimate needs such as
recovering vehicles and work-related matters.
Refunds for online Reds Meadow Shuttle
reservations will be processed ASAP by
Mammoth Mountain Resorts.