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.”]