USFS State of Roads and Campgrounds -What’s Open? What’s Not? As of May 22, 2020

What’s Open? What’s Not?

  • Inyo County reports that the North Lake Rd. and Horseshoe Meadow Rd. are open.
  • Mono County has opening Lundy Canyon Rd. and the Rock Creek Rd. to the pack station.

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25 Responses to USFS State of Roads and Campgrounds -What’s Open? What’s Not? As of May 22, 2020

  1. Local boy May 21, 2020 at 6:46 am #

    Have you ever seen a lumber town when the mill closes? A military town when the base closes? Or how about a mining town when the mine closes? Every town needs something to keep it alive and, like it or not, Mammoth survives because of the visitors. They come here for the same reason that we did. They just don’t get to enjoy it year-round like us.

    • Good bye May 24, 2020 at 7:00 am #

      We dont all live in mammoth and would live to see it back to a small town also.

  2. Good bye May 20, 2020 at 12:16 pm #

    We dont own it and neither do you. We follow the rules and respect this area. Too often we see pure disregard for our environment and our safety by some one racing through town with fishing poles, skis, snowboards, camper van’s, or an rv. I dont know about you but I’m tired of going out and finding trash everywhere including human waste and people squatting everywhere. And no I’m not retired. I work 40 plus hours a week and put up with these entitled people every day. But it is nice to see locals that come by and smile and wave and are personable.

  3. Bleach Babe May 20, 2020 at 11:39 am #

    So True. Yes it is a fact that a lot of retired People in the area depend on State/county and local Public Pensions.. Lets check back in a year and see how that is going for you When Gruesome Newsom has no option but to cut Pensions,, and to think that the local and state economies just don’t matter to you..Ya Right
    That is when we will see the Riots

  4. Bleach Babe May 20, 2020 at 11:33 am #

    tell that to the town of Mammoth Lakes…

  5. Local boy May 19, 2020 at 7:41 pm #

    Wow. That amount of selfishness and complete disregard for others is rarely displayed out loud, but you managed to do it. So great that you get to live off a retirement check, but some of us up here are trying to pay the mortgage by running a business and paying our employees (who live here too). I’ve been around long enough to see the damage to our town economy from 9/11 and the 2008 recession. The beauty of this place doesn’t belong to you, it belongs to everyone.

    • Stop non-essential travel May 24, 2020 at 10:34 am #

      Agree 100%. However, the tone and statements of many of those folks chiming in on these boards, who are from out of the area, are such that we locals depend on their “tourist dollars” and therefore, because we “rely on them” they can come up here and do as they please. It’s annoying at the least and in some cases, dangerous, because of the lack of respect for the environment and the community, simply because people “are on vacation.”

  6. Local&loveit May 19, 2020 at 7:14 pm #

    What a bunch of tools. All you care about is collecting your retirement check while some of us have to run a business to pay the mortgage. You don’t own this place, it belongs to everyone.

  7. Liberty May 19, 2020 at 5:31 pm #

    Unfortunately, the rural counties rely on tourist revenue for around 60-75% of their revenue probably, people can contact them and ask what services the counties will discontinue without this revenue and the result would be staggering. The loss of employment would be massive and the foreclosures would be every third house I bet. Then the real trouble would start.

  8. David Dennison May 19, 2020 at 5:11 pm #

    Good Bye
    A true statement and post.
    The grocery stores would still operate.
    The hardware stores would remain open.
    People would still drive their vehicles.
    Cable companies,internet services would still be in demand.
    LADWP would still be pumping water down south.
    The County would still operate,hire and employ.
    Motels would still be in demand for those passing through, going farther north or south to their destination.
    If “worse” came to “worse”,for those that do rely on tourism,at least to a degree rely on it,if there was no tourism,they could always find other employment.Plenty of work for those that want to work.
    Grab a lawnmower,a screwdriver,a hammer,a paintbrush and some supplies at Home Depot,come home and advertise your services on facebook.

  9. Good bye May 19, 2020 at 7:59 am #

    Not seeing another tourist again would be a great thing. Contrary to some beliefs, these communities aren’t all dependent on them. I dont depend on them. Alot of locals dont care for them

  10. Bleach Babe May 18, 2020 at 4:20 pm #

    isn’t it funny that most cities in the sierra Nevada foothills and the mountains totally Rely on Tourism. But when they see a tourist trying to enjoy the area They call the cops or the forest service. Is that any way to treat your Paycheck. Maybe they need to shut everything down for a few more years and all the towns in the area can go BK. In the name of the VIRUS

    • David Dennison May 18, 2020 at 6:57 pm #

      Bleach Babe
      Here I am again !!
      Speaking for myself,if not another tourist came to the Sierra,it wouldn’t effect my job or income one single bit.
      And for those that it would,I kinda like to think they don’t feel so controlled and weak they view them as “their paycheck “…
      My dream would be a spring camping-fishing trip for two weeks to the Bridgeport area with nobody around.
      But I actually know of a place like that up there,a nice creek nearby with Trout,and in the years I’ve been going there,only one time in many have I seen another camper within a half mile…gonna go there next month.
      And no,I’m not going to say where it is…

    • Stop non-essential travel May 22, 2020 at 7:02 pm #

      Actually, Bleach Blabber, I’ve called the sheriff a number of times on people camping in non-designated areas with open fires – long before THE VIRUS. Being a tourist in the eastern sierra doesn’t give you the right to either knowingly OR unknowingly break the law and camp where it is not allowed, start a campfire just because you’re “camping” or otherwise place others’ lives in danger. If you’re going to come here to “enjoy the area” know the rules and what your personal responsibility is.

  11. Ann May 18, 2020 at 11:15 am #

    Will the campgrounds in the June Lake/Mammoth area be open on June 1st for opening day fishing

  12. David Dennison May 16, 2020 at 3:46 pm #

    Steve Vazquez..
    There’s PLENTY of “new camp police” living here in Inyo and Mono Counties,including myself.
    We’re obeying the rules,decisions and requests…not so some out-of-towners can come up here thinking they can do as they please.

    • Bleach Babe May 18, 2020 at 4:23 pm #

      Relax David.. everything will be OK..The camp Police will put everyone in jail..after they release all the current Prisoners

      • David Dennison May 18, 2020 at 6:44 pm #

        Bleach Babe
        I don’t want to see them go to jail.
        Just to move their butts from areas that are closed and not supposed to be.
        And if caught doing it again,a big fine would be O.K. by me.

    • Mono Person May 18, 2020 at 4:59 pm #

      Thanks Karen…

  13. Steve Vazquez May 16, 2020 at 12:57 pm #

    Canyon kid…..the new camp police. Thanks bud

    • Canyon Kid May 18, 2020 at 7:31 pm #

      The gate is closed and posted up to $5000 fine. Tent was visible from Glacier Lodge Rd. and the parked car pointed right to the tent. The bathrooms are closed, where do you think they went.
      If this keeps up next step will be closing the road.

  14. Canyon Kid May 15, 2020 at 9:08 pm #

    Saw a tent set up at Upper Sage Flat campground this evening, car parked along Glacier Lodge Rd. had Nevada plates.

  15. erik simpson May 15, 2020 at 7:54 pm #

    According to another story on this website (Seasonal Routes on State Highways in The Central Sierra Open For Summer Season), HWYs 89, 108, 4 and 120 are open. (Yosemite Nat. Park is still closed.)

    • Charles James May 15, 2020 at 8:12 pm #

      The State of Inyo is updated every week or so by the U.S. Forest Service, so it stands to reason it would not be the same from week-to-week. The other issue is that one list is put out by Caltrans and the otherby the forest service. Whatever differences between them need to be worked out between the two agencies. We will mention the discrepancy to the two agencies for clarification.

    • Sierra Lady May 17, 2020 at 10:07 am #

      Only the lower gate on 120W has opened. (Lee Vining up to the main gate). The main gate into YNP remains closed and probably will until the Park opens. See the Caltrans site for current road info.


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