Inyo National Forest Closes Campgrounds, Group and Day Use

Release Date: Mar 27, 2020

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March 27, 2020

Media Contact: Deb Schweizer
(760) 873-2427

Twitter: @Inyo_NF



Inyo National Forest Closes Campgrounds,

Group and Day Use Facilities, and Visitor Centers


In adherence with the Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5) Closure Order, developed recreation sites are closed through April 30.

Many Inyo National Forest campgrounds are closed during the winter, but those that are typically open under winter operations will be closed. This includes Kennedy Meadows Campground, Lone Pine Campground, Mt. Whitney Trailhead Campground, Lower Grays Meadow Campground, Grandview Campground, Bitterbrush Campground, and Holiday Campground. Visitors to the forest should plan for winter conditions.

All visitor centers are closed. This includes the Eastern Sierra Visitor Center in Lone Pine, the White Mountain Ranger Station, and the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center. The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center and Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center are closed for the winter.

All picnic areas are closed. South Tufa (Mono Lake), Convict Lake, Hot Creek, and June Beach Day Use areas are closed. All campground restrooms, trailhead restrooms, picnic area, and day use restrooms are closed.

Notifications to renters will be made as soon as possible and refunds will be processed through the concessioners who manage campgrounds on the Inyo National Forest. 

As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority. We are committed to continuing to support our communities and fulfill our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.    

Customers needing information may call during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am- 4:30 pm, closed for lunch 12:00 pm -12:30 pm): 

  • Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center:760-924-5500
  • White Mountain Ranger Station and Bishop Supervisor’s Office: 760-873-2400
  • Eastern Sierra Visitor Center, Lone Pine: 760-876-6200