Press release

This now shows projected dates for campground closures for the south district and USFS managed campgrounds for the north. This should be a pretty complete picture for the fall. As always, some of this is weather dependent. Thanks for the reports from the field.

The State of the Inyo, current as of 9/20/17

Mono Lake Ranger District

Roads open: Monitor Pass (Hwy 89), Sonora Pass (Hwy 108), Tioga Pass (Hwy 120 W), Saddlebag Lake Rd., Bodie (Hwy 270), Lundy Canyon, Panum Crater, Hwy 120 E (Benton), June Lake Loop (Hwy 158), Parker Lake Rd.

Campgrounds open: Lundy Canyon (county), Aspen Grove (est. closing 10/7), Big Bend (est. closing 10/8), Lower Lee Vining, Ellery Lake (est. closing 10/8), Moraine (est. closing 9/22), Tioga Lake (est. closing 10/8), Junction (est. closing 10/8), Sawmill Walk-in (est. closing 10/8), Saddlebag Lake (est. closing 10/8), Saddlebag Trailhead Group Camp (est. closing 10/8), Aerie Crag (est. closing 10/22), Gull Lake (est. closing 10/22), June Lake (est. closing 10/22), Oh Ridge (est. closing 10/22), Reversed Creek (est. closing 10/22), Silver Lake (est. closing 11/5), Big Springs (est. closing 10/10), Hartley Springs (est. closing 10/10), Glass Creek (est. closing 10/31), Obsidian Flat (est. closing 9/29),  Upper and Lower Deadman (est. closing 9/29).

The Mono Basin Visitor Center is open seven days a week, 8:00 am -5:00 pm.

Mammoth Ranger District

Roads open: Convict Lake, Hot Creek Hatchery, Inyo Craters, Lakes Basin, Old Mammoth Rd. to Lakes Basin, Reds Meadow Rd., Mammoth Creek, Mammoth Scenic Loop, Laurel Canyon.

Campgrounds open: Crowley Lake (BLM), Convict Lake (est. closing 10/31), Mammoth Mtn. RV Park (private, year round), New Shady Rest (est. closing 11/5), Pine Glen Family/Group (est. closing 9/24), Twin Lakes (est. closing 10/22), Coldwater (est. closing 9/24), Minaret Falls (est. closing 9/24), Reds Meadow (est. closing 10/8), Brown’s Owens River (private, est. closing 9/24).

Campgrounds closed: Old Shady Rest, Sherwin Creek, Pine City, Lake George, Lake Mary, Agnew Horse, Agnew Group, Upper Soda, Pumice Flat, Pumice Flat Group, Devils Postpile (NPS).

The Mammoth Welcome Center is open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.

Devils Postpile Ranger is closed for the season.

White Mountain Ranger District

CARMA restoration area closure. The main entrance gate on road 8S40 (east gate) to the restoration site will remained gated and locked.  The western entrance of 8S40 is now open, allowing access to the roads 8S40B and 35E306.  At road 35E306, road 8S40 is now gated and closed to motorized vehicle travel.  Respect the restoration efforts being made and not travel w/motorized vehicles beyond closed gates or park off of established roadways where vegetative seeding has occurred.

Roads open:  McGee Creek Rd., Rock Creek Rd., Buttermilk Rd. (storm damage), North Lake Rd., Hwy 168 to Lake Sabrina, South Lake Rd., Big Pine Canyon (Glacier Lodge) Rd., White Mt. Rd to the Barcroft Gate Silver Canyon Rd., Wyman Canyon Rd. (expect difficult conditions).

Campgrounds open: McGee Creek (est. closing 10/31), Iris Meadow (est. closing 10/23), Big Meadow (est. closing 10/23), East Fork (est. closing 10/15), Pine Grove (est. closing 10/10), Rock Creek Lake (est. closing 10/10), Mosquito Flat Backpacker, Tuff (est. closing 10/31), French Camp (est. closing 10/31), Aspen Group Camp, Bitterbrush (winter ops starting 10/30), Bishop Park (est. closing 10/16), Big Trees (est. closing 10/16), Forks (est. closing 10/30),  Four Jeffrey (est. closing 10/30),  Intake 2 (est. closing 10/16),  Sabrina (est. closing 10/10), North Lake (est. closing 10/10), Willow (est. closing 10/30),  Big Pine Creek (no water, est. closing 10/24), Sage Flat (est. closing 10/24),  Goodale  (no water, BLM), Grandview (no water, no trash service, firewood is limited), Cedar Flat Group Camp, Horton Creek (BLM), Pleasant Valley Pit (BLM),  Pleasant Valley (County).

Campground closed: Holiday, Bishop Park Group, Mountain Glen, Table Mountain Group, Upper Sage Flat, Clyde Glacier Group Camp, Palisade Glacier Group Camp.

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center is open, seven days a week,10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Starting 10/10, the BCVC will be open Friday through Mondays,10 AM – 4 PM. The last day of BCVC operation will be Sunday, October 29th, weather permitting.

The White Mountain Ranger Station Visitor Center is open seven days a week, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Mt Whitney Ranger District:

Roads open: Foothill Rd., Division Creek Rd., Haiwee Canyon Rd., Mazourka Canyon Rd., Movie Rd., Sage Flat Rd., Whitney Portal Rd, Horseshoe Meadow Rd., Onion Valley Rd.

Campgrounds open: Boulder Creek RV Resort, Diaz Lake (County), Upper and Lower Grays Meadow (est. closing 10/31), Lone Pine Campground (winter ops starting  10/31), Independence Creek (County), Onion Valley (no water, est. closing 10/31), Kennedy Meadows, Portagee Joe (County), Tuttle Creek (BLM) Whitney Portal (no water, est. closing 10/31), Whitney Portal Trailhead (no water), Cottonwood Lakes/ Pass Trailhead (est. closing 10/31), Horseshoe Meadow Equestrian (est. closing 10/31).

The Eastern Sierra Visitor Center in Lone Pine is open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The Inyo National Forest is in Fire Restrictions for fire hazard at this time.