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Current Recreation Conditions

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Aerie Crag Picnic Area Closed Closed
Agnew Meadows Campground Closed Closed
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest None None
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center Closed Closed Closed for the season September 30, 2023 
Parking lot accessible for hiking trails until Inyo County closes gate due to winter weather.
Aspen Campground Closed Closed
Aspen Group Campground Closed Closed Closed due to hydrology issues
Big Bend Campground Closed Closed
Big Meadow Campground Closed Closed Closed for the 2023 season due to hydrology issues 
Big Pine Canyon Group- Clyde & Palisade Glacier Closed Closed
Big Pine Creek Campground Closed Closed
Big Springs Campground Closed Closed
Big Trees Campground Closed Closed
Bishop Park Campground Closed Closed
Bishop Park Group Campground Closed Closed
Bitterbrush Campground Open Open No water and very limited services. Pack out what you pack in.
Bloody Canyon Trail None None Road to Bloody Canyon Trail is closed. The avalanche slide has been cleared above Walker Lake but some work is still needed as of 9/28/23.
Cedar Flat Group Camps Open Open
Coldwater Campground Closed Closed
Convict Lake Campground Closed Closed
Cottonwood Lakes Walk in Campground Closed Closed
Cottonwood Pass Walk in Campground Closed Closed
Coyote Flat Open Open Subject to closures during storm runoff events. Please check the "Road Conditions" webpage to check.
Deadman Campground, Upper and Lower Closed Closed Closed for the season.
East Fork Campground Closed Closed
Eastern Sierra Visitor Center Open Open Open with limited services 8:30 - 4:30 daily.
Ellery Lake Campground Closed Closed
Forks Campground Closed Closed
Four Jeffrey Campground Closed Closed
French Camp Campground Closed Closed
Glass Creek Campground Closed Closed Closed for the Season
Grandview Campground Open Open
Gull Lake Campground Closed Closed
Hartley Springs Campground Closed Closed
Holiday Campground Closed Closed Closed for redesign. Admin use only 
Horseshoe Meadow Equestrian Camp Closed Closed
Hot Creek Geologic Site Open Open
Intake 2 Campground Closed Closed
Inyo Craters Open Open
Iris Meadow Campground Closed Closed Closed due to hydrological issues.
Junction Campground Closed Closed
June Lake Campground Closed Closed
Kennedy Meadows Campground Open Open Campground open with no services and no water. Pack out your trash.
Lake George Campground Closed Closed
Lake Mary Campground Closed Closed
Laurel Canyon Open Open Forest Road 28E201 south of Sherwin Creek Road has severe wash outs. Driving not recommended.
Laurel Lakes Trail None None Road has severe wash outs. Not recommended for car travel.
Lone Pine Campground Closed Closed Closed until further notice due to storm damage repair.
Lower Grays Meadow Campground Open Open Open with no fee and no services.
Lower Lee Vining Campground Closed Closed
Lundy Canyon Trail Unreachable Unreachable Road has significant erosion. Travel with caution. Parking is limited at trailhead. Do not block road, utilize turnouts for additional parking.
Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center Open Open Open daily 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Mammoth Ranger District None None
McGee Creek Campground Closed Closed
McGee Pass Trail Open Open
Minaret Falls Campground Closed Closed Will not open this season due to extreme winter damage.
Minaret Vista Observation Site Open Open
Monache Meadows Jeep Road None None Road requires high clearance and 4wd in some places. Travel with caution.
Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center Closed Closed Closed for winter, will reopen in May 2024.
Mono Lake Ranger District None None
Moraine Campground Closed Closed
Mosquito Flat Backpacker Campground Open Open
Mountain Glen Campground Closed Closed
Mt. Whitney Ranger District None None
Mt. Whitney Trail None None Link to weather at 12,000ft. level
Mt. Whitney Trailhead Campground Open Open Open with no fee and no services. The Whitney Portal Road is closed by the county near Hogback Road. 
New Shady Rest Campground Closed Closed
North Lake Campground Closed Closed
Obsidian Flat Group Campground Closed Closed
Oh! Ridge Campground Closed Closed
Old Shady Rest Campground Closed Closed
Onion Valley Campground Closed Closed
Palisade Group Camp Closed Closed
Pine City Campground Closed Closed
Pine Glen Group Campground Closed Closed
Pine Grove Campground Closed Closed
Pumice Flat Campground Closed Closed
Pumice Flat Group Campground Closed Closed
Reds Meadow Campground Closed Closed
Reds Meadow Road Closed Closed Closed Monday - Friday 24 hours. Open Saturday - Sunday until first substantial snowfall of the season. See the Reds Meadow Road Reconstruction project for more information.
Reversed Creek Campground Closed Closed
Rock Creek Lake Campground Closed Closed
Rock Creek Lake Group Campground Closed Closed
Sabrina Campground Closed Closed
Saddlebag Lake Campground Closed Closed
Sage Flat Campground Closed Closed
Sawmill Walk-in Campground Closed Closed
Sherwin Creek Campground Closed Closed
Sierra View Observation Site None None
Silver Lake Boat Launch Open Open
Silver Lake Campground Closed Closed
Table Mountain Group Campground Closed Closed
Tioga Lake Campground Closed Closed
Tuff Campground Closed Closed
Twin Lakes Campground Closed Closed
Upper Grays Meadow Campground Closed Closed
Upper Pine Grove Campground Closed Closed
Upper Sage Campground Closed Closed
Upper Soda Springs Campground Closed Closed Bridge is washed out behind campground.
White Mountain Public Lands Information Center Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed
White Mountain Ranger District None None
Whitney Portal Campground Closed Closed
Whitney Portal Group Campground Closed Closed
Willow Campground Closed Closed
Wyman Canyon Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed closed to motorized vehicles open to foot and bicycle traffic. See Alerts and Notices for more info.

Spotlights

Mt. Whitney Ranger District

Mt. Whitney as seen from Alabama Hills

The Mt. Whitney Ranger District is the southernmost district in the Inyo National Forest. On its western edge is Mt. Whitney, highest point in the contiguous United States. The district extends from the crest of the Sierra Nevada to the Inyo Mountains.  Recreation activities include hiking, fishing, climbing, horse riding, and more.

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Mono Lake Ranger District

Mono Lake from the West

Mono Lake Ranger District is the northernmost district of Inyo National Forest. The western portion of the district is adjacent to Yosemite National Park, and includes one of the most spectacular and accessible areas of the Sierra Nevada. To the east is Mono Lake, and the world's largest stand of majestic Jeffrey Pines.

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White Mountain Ranger District

Coyote Flat

White Mountain Ranger District extends from the crest of the Sierra Nevada to the White Mountains. There are lakes, ponds, rivers and creeks for fishing. Roads and trails explore a wide variety of terrain and life zones. Elevations accessible by car range from 3,900 ft in Big Pine to 10,100 ft at the end of Rock Creek Road.

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Mammoth Ranger District

Convict Lake

Mammoth Lakes Ranger District is located in the northern half of Inyo National Forest, and is centered around the town of Mammoth Lakes, CA.  While known for winter sports, it is also a mecca for mountain biking and fishing enthusiasts when the snow melts. Hiking and equestrian trails go into wilderness areas of Sierra Nevada.

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Wilderness Areas

Inyo National Forest contains approximately one million acres of wilderness, in nine wilderness areas. Wilderness areas include the Hoover,  Ansel Adams, Owens River Headwaters, John Muir, Golden Trout, South Sierra, Boundary Peak, White Mountains and Inyo Mountains. Three of these were among the first wilderness areas designated by Congress in 1964.

Approximately 30 million people live within a few hours’ drive. Forest visitors may use a network of trails that extend from Inyo National Forest into adjacent wilderness areas of Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The iconic John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails pass through these continuous wilderness areas and encompass some of the most spectacular landscapes in the United States and provide forest visitors with "outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation”.