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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
Big Bend Campground Closed Closed
Big Meadow Campground Closed Closed
Big Pine Canyon Group- Clyde & Palisade Glacier Closed Closed
Big Pine Creek Campground Closed Closed
Big Springs Campground Closed Closed Anticipated Opening Date: April 26
Big Trees Campground Open Open
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 Anticipated opening date: Thursday, April 25
Four Jeffrey Campground Closed Closed Anticipated opening date: May 10 or later (repairs in progress)
French Camp Campground Closed Closed
Glass Creek Campground Closed Closed Anticipated Opening Date: May 19
Grandview Campground Open Open
Gull Lake Campground Closed Closed Anticipated Opening Date: April 26
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
Junction Campground Closed Closed
June Lake Beach None None
June Lake Campground Closed Closed Anticipated Opening Date: April 26
Kennedy Meadows Campground Open Open 04/19/2024: Campground open with no trash removal and no water. Pack out your trash. Two restrooms on the east side of the campground are open, but infrequently maintained.
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 for road repair. Anticipated opening date: July 17
Lower Grays Meadow Campground Open Open Currently there is no water and no trash removal. Anticipated date for opening the campground with all services is April 25.
Lower Lee Vining Campground Closed Closed Anticipated Opening Date: April 26
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
Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center Closed Closed Anticipated Opening Date: April 21

Bookstore Only: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Daily

Visitor Center Exhibit Hall Opens: May 19 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM Thursday-Tuesday

Mono Lake Ranger District None None
Moraine Campground Closed Closed Anticipated opening date: April 26
Mosquito Flat Backpacker Campground Open Open
Mountain Glen Campground Closed Closed
Mt. Whitney Trail None None 04/18/2024: Snow free for 1 mile, then patches of snow. Trail becomes almost completely snow covered about 1.5 - 2 miles from trailhead. Snowshoes or skis might be helpful. Ice axes, crampons and winter mountaineering skills are strongly recommended. Whitney Portal Rd is closed 200 yds from trailhead. For Information about Whitney Portal Road call Inyo County Road Department at 760-878-0212.
Mt. Whitney Trailhead Campground Closed Closed Anticipated opening date: May 1, 2024.
New Shady Rest Campground Closed Closed
North Fork Lone Pine Creek Trail None None 04/18/2024: Trail almost entirely snow covered. Whitney Portal Rd is closed near Hogback Rd, approximately 4 miles from the trailhead. Gate is locked approximately 200 yds from the trailhead. For Information about Whitney Portal Rd call Inyo County Road Department at 760-878-0212.
North Lake Campground Closed Closed
Obsidian Flat Group Campground Closed Closed
Oh! Ridge Campground Closed Closed Anticipated Opening Date: April 26
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 Open Open
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 Anticipated opening date: April 25
Upper Pine Grove Campground Closed Closed
Upper Sage Campground Open Open
Upper Soda Springs Campground Closed Closed Bridge is washed out behind campground.
White Mountain Public Lands Information Center Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed Anticipated opening date: mid to late May
White Mountain Ranger District None None
Whitney Portal Area Closed Closed 04/18/2024: Whitney Portal Rd is closed 200 yds from Whitney Portal. For Information about Whitney Portal Rd call Inyo County Road Department at 760-878-0212.
Whitney Portal Campground Closed Closed Anticipated opening date: May 1, 2024.
Whitney Portal Group Campground Closed Closed Anticipated opening date: May 1, 2024.
Whitney Portal National Recreation Trail None None 04/18/2024: Snow on upper portions of the trail. Lower trailhead is accessible from Lone Pine CG, park at campground gate and walk 1/4 mile to trailhead. Whitney Portal Road is closed 1/4 mile from upper trailhead. For Information about Whitney Portal Rd call Inyo County Road Department at 760-878-0212.
Willow Campground Closed Closed
Wyman Canyon Open Open

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”.