White Mountain Public Lands Information Center


The White Mountain Public Lands Information Center is your gateway to recreation and wilderness exploration in Inyo and Mono Counties. Plan a trip to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. Find out road, trail, campground and weather conditions. Pick up a guide to OHV routes, maps, recreation guides, wilderness permits, even rent a bear resistant food storage container.

Staffed by a combination of US Forest Service, National Park Service and Eastern Sierra Interpretative Association employees, we provide visitor information for wilderness, campground, highway and weather conditions for the Eastern Sierra. public lands in Inyo and Mono Counties and beyond:

Additional information can be found on the agency websites:

The Eastern Sierra Interpretative Association (ESIA) operates a bookstore at the visitor center, with a comprehensive selection of books and maps of the region. Revenue from sales of these items helps support interpretative programs.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Virtual services, Monday-Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm, closed for lunch, closed federal holidays.
Operational Hours: Virtual Services: hours for US Forest Service business will be Monday-Sunday (7 days), from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, closed for lunch noon to 1:00 p.m.

For Wilderness Permits, visitors should call the center at 760-873-2500,760-873-2501, or 760-873-2503 to arrange to pick up any permits. Staff will put the permit outside in the night drop box, Permits can also be obtained by email via SM.FS.WildPmt_Inyo@usda.gov. Fuelwood permits can be obtained by email Send an email to SM.FS.InyoFW_Permit@usda.gov Bookstore operations are managed by the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA). ESIA will continue to operate the bookstore Saturday-Sunday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Closed for lunch noon to 1:00 pm.

Rentals & Guides: Bear Resistant Food Container Rental: Yes
Permit Info: Permits: Inyo National Forest wilderness permits, California Campfire Permits, fuelwood permits, Christmas Tree permits, BLM Bishop Long Term Camping Permits.
Water: Water fountain and water spigot. No RV filling.
Restroom: Yes, during business hours.
Passes: America the Beautiful Annual, Senior, Access, Military, and Every Kid in a Park Passes, and California Sno-Park Passes are sold here.

General Information


Located at 798 North Main Street in the heart of Bishop, CA

Look for our Smokey Bear sign at the entrance to the parking lot.


No overnight parking.

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