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:

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.


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

  1. kat June 17, 2020 at 8:47 am #

    ???? 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, Gull Lake, June Lake, Oh Ridge, Old Shady Rest, New Shady Rest, Pune Glen Family, Sherwin Creek, Convict Lake, McGee Creek, East Fork, and French Camp.

    Lodging has opened in unincorporated Mono County but is still closed in the Town of Mammoth Lakes. If traveling to Mono County please BYOM, (Bring Your Own Mask) they’re required in all businesses and public spaces. Always keep 6 feet of social distancing. Stay home if you’re sick or been in contact with someone who has been sick. (COVID is not welcome here!) Wash your hands often. Visit for up-to-date information and follow Mono County Health Department. #StaySafeToStayOpen

  2. Vince June 16, 2020 at 9:00 pm #

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

  3. Bleach Babe June 12, 2020 at 12:44 pm #

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

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

  4. Lily Jones June 12, 2020 at 11:45 am #

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

    • Charles James June 12, 2020 at 12:40 pm #

      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.

  5. Philip Anaya June 12, 2020 at 11:38 am #

    shared from Sabrina weekly report


    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 scheduled to open June 19, 2020.

    Sabrina Campground is awaiting the results of a water test – Stay tuned.

    Bishop Park, The Forks and Intake Two Campgrounds will not open do to water issues.
    Hope to see y’all soon!

  6. steve June 11, 2020 at 6:28 pm #

    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!


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