Aspen Group Campground

Area Status: Open
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Barbecues and tables at Aspen Group Camp

Aspen Group Campground is a secluded, creek side camp in Inyo National Forest between Mammoth Lakes and Bishop, California. The group camping area is primitive and provides spectacular scenery, as well as fishing, hiking, photography and wildlife viewing. 

The campground has plenty of wide-open spaces and group picnic areas, making it ideal for large parties and family functions.

Natural Features: The campground sits in a stand of rustling aspen trees that shimmer golden in fall. Situated at an elevation of 8,100 feet, Aspen offers views of massive peaks to the west and surrounding steep canyons. 

The group site is adjacent to the clear, cold and cascading Rock Creek, which originates in the John Muir Wilderness and runs for 22 miles through the bottom of Rock Creek Canyon. 

The area is home to abundant wildlife, including black bear, mountain lions, mule deer, pine martin, marmot and many species of fish and birds.

Recreation: Rock Creek and other waterways in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains are known for their exceptional trout fishing. A catch from the creek may include brook, brown, rainbow and stocked Alpers trout, while anglers may be treated to golden trout in the backcountry. 

Hikers can explore the area’s majestic scenery on trails that meander around high-elevation alpine lakes. Several non-wilderness trails that range from easy to challenging, are a draw for mountain bikers in and around Rock Creek Canyon.

Facilities: The group camping area can be reserved for up to 25 guests. It provides flush toilets and drinking water, as well as ample space for RVs and tents.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Reservations: Reservations for this facility can be made by visiting Recreation.gov.  Reservations must be made 4 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 months in advance.
Fees $73 per night.
Usage: Medium
Busiest Season: July-August
Restrictions: Dogs on leash only. Maximum stay 14 days. Active bear area. All food must be secured overnight and when not attended; bear boxes are provided and must be used ( typical bear box size 48" x 30" x 36").  Always keep a clean camp and do not feed wildlife.
Closest Towns: Bishop, 28 miles
Water: Drinking water
Restroom: Flush toilets
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: A commercial pack station is within close proximity for horse enthusiasts looking for an outdoor adventure. Several general stores, restaurants, and pay showers are available at nearby resorts.

General Information

Directions:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.52361, -118.71194
37°31'25"N, 118°42'43"W

From Bishop, California, take Highway 395 northwest for 25 miles. Turn south at Tom's Place, and continue driving south for 4 miles onto Rock Creek Road, following signs to the campground.


General Notes:

Maximum of five trailers or RVs

This is a high elevation facility; please use caution when traveling from lower elevations

Be bear aware; keep all food out of site in food storage lockers and remove all food from area after eating; always keep a clean camp and do not feed any wild animals

Hiking within the Inyo Wilderness requires a special permit for overnight stays. These permits are managed through a limited allocation system. Please CLICK HERE if you are interested in more information on these permits.

Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.


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