As of June 18 – State of Inyo Roads and Campgrounds: What’s Open? Closed?

With the July 4th weekend on the horizon, many travelers planning to go camping are still finding it hard to get information on which campgrounds are open, which are closed, and when will those still closed, be opened.

(From USFS) More campgrounds are opening in the Lee Vining Canyon, Rock Creek, Bishop Creek, and Whitney Portal areas.

The Whitney Portal Road opens tomorrow.

For now, Mt. Whitney Permits continue to be cancelled out one week in advance of the hiking date at this time. A permit is required to hike to Mt. Whitney (day and overnight use).

Virtual wilderness permits for other trailheads are being issued at all visitor centers and through the Wilderness Permit Office, daily from 8:00am to 4:30 pm, 760-873-2483. Call volume has been significant, so if you have a permit later in the year, we advise waiting to call until your reservation gets closer.

Lastly, please check here for current conditions since there may additional update as conditions change:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/inyo/recreation

This list will be kept updated and changed on a weekly basis. Stay tuned.

The biggest problem to reopening campgrounds appears to be staffing and the limitations imposed by social distancing requirements still in effect. Campgrounds can only be opened when enough staff is available to provide proper maintenance and oversight such as cleaning restrooms, emptying trash, and making any needed repairs that may be needed as the summer progresses.

[NOTE: “NO GROUP CAMPGROUNDS WILL BE OPENING THIS SUMMER.”]

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kat
kat
1 year ago

???? All privately owned campgrounds and RV Parks are open. ???? The Mono County Campground at Lundy Canyon is open. ???? All campgrounds in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest are open. (Campgrounds north of Conway Summit) ???? Campgrounds currently open in the Inyo National Forest: Aerie Crag, Silver Lake, Reversed Creek,… Read more »

Charles James
Charles James(@cjames)
1 year ago
Reply to  kat

Thanks Kat!

Vince
Vince
1 year ago

Does anyone know when the campgrounds in Tioga Pass will open… Mainly Moraine or Aspen

Bleach Babe
Bleach Babe
1 year ago

you are asking the Government to use Common sense.
That will never happen.

In the meantime all of their paychecks are still coming in.

Lily Jones
Lily Jones
1 year ago

I have reservations 15th-19th. Now it’s closed? Is it because of the construction or Covid-19.

Charles James
Charles James(@cjames)
1 year ago
Reply to  Lily Jones

We have no idea. Suggest that you contact Inyo National Forest for an explanation. We’re mystified ourselves as to what is going on with their decision-making. It might become “open” by the time your reservation rolls around.

Philip Anaya
Philip Anaya
1 year ago

shared from Sabrina weekly report HOT OFF THE PRESS BISHOP CREEK CANYON CAMPGROUNDS BitterBrush Campground and Big Trees Campground along with Forest Service restrooms will open Friday, June 12,2020. North Lake Campground opens Friday, June 12, 2020, but will become a dry camp – NO WATER!!! Four Jeffrey Pines is… Read more »

steve
steve
1 year ago

I see hundreds of campers now in undeveloped campgrounds. A fire waiting to happen because the idiots cant pull the trigger Open up the da*n campgrounds before these fools burn us all down!