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CAMP

LIKE a

PRO

in the Eastern Sierra

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Camping in Mountains

How to...

CAMP LIKE A PRO

Staying in an established campground...

is the best way to protect our public lands from fires, trash, and trampling.

However, if campgrounds are full and you are considering Dispersed Camping...

(the term used for camping outside of a developed camp­ ground), follow these DO IT RIGHT camping rules to keep our cherished public lands, wildlife, nearby communities and YOU safe. 

Please use the Interactive Map provided...

on this page (if you're viewing via mobile device just scroll down) to plan ahead and know where you can and CANNOT DISPERSED CAMP. Abide by local stay limits and closures, and respect private property boundaries.

The policies outlined here are strictly enforced.

PROS PREPARE.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO.

Facilities, availability and conditions vary.
Know where you can and can't camp. Be prepared for extreme weather and emergencies – help may be a long way off, whether for a flat tire or a twisted ankle.

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PACK IT IN. PACK IT OUT.

Bring your own trash bags and take out ALL waste, including toilet paper, food scraps and pet waste. Pros leave their site better than they found it! 

Camping in Nature

PRO

CAMPSITE

SELECTION

Established Campgrounds – With over 160 developed campgrounds in Inyo and Mono counties, this is your best bet for a great camping experience that also preserves our pristine environment. Reserve your campsite at recreation.gov or reserveamerica.com

Dispersed Camping – Venturing beyond established campgrounds (aka "boondocking") means taking your camping responsibility to the next level. 

  • Choose an already-disturbed area at least 200 feet from lakes, streams, wetlands and other natural water sources.

  • Store food (and trash!) in bear-proof food containers. Never leave food in your tent.

  • Do not feed or approach wild animals. No selfie is worth it.

  • Be kind to other campers. Give everyone their space.

Camp Fire at Night

PRO

CAMPFIRE

SKILLS

There’s nothing between a campfire and a wildfire except YOUR SKILLS. Don’t be the camping amateur that starts the big one.

  • Get your mandatory California Campfire Permit at readyforwildfire.org/permits/campfire-permit/. Always check local fire restrictions.

  • Prepare the area, have a 5-gallon water bucket and shovel at the ready.

  • Tend your fire like a boss. If you are not watching it, douse it.

  • KNOW HOW TO PUT YOUR FIRE COMPLETELY OUT— cold enough for you to stick your hand in the ashes.

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(Be careful testing it!)

Image by Erik Mclean

POO

LIKE A

PRO

Your number 2 is a number one problem. Here’s how to do-do it right at a dispersed campsite.

  • GO FAR. Set up your Pro Poo Zone at least 200 feet from your campsite and any water source.

  • GO DEEP. Bury your waste at least 6 inches down. Always pack out your soiled toilet paper!

  • GO PRO. Use ‘wag bags’ or a portable toilet.

  • Remember to clean up after your pets, too.

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EASTERN SIERRA CAMPING MAP

Please click on this interactive map for more details

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Please click anywhere on this interactive map for more details on land

ownership, current policy/restrictions, and other useful information

This map provides a visual representation of current, historic, and existing land management policy – no codification or revision to existing policy is implied, endorsed or represented by this product.

 
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Compass & Map

Some handy...

RESOURCES

For Maps &

Information

FOREST CLOSURES & FIRE RESTRICTIONS:

EASTERN SIERRA INTER-AGENCY VISITOR CENTER

US- 395 & CA-136, Lone Pine, CA 93545 * 760-876-6200
https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/recarea/?recid=20698

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Bishop Field Office
351 Pacu Lane, Suite 100, Bishop, CA 93514 *
760-872-5000
https://www.blm.gov/office/bishop-field-office

BISHOP AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & VISITOR CENTER
690 N. Main St., Bishop, CA 93514 * 760-873-8405
https://www.bishopvisitor.com/

INYO NATIONAL FOREST:

White Mountain Ranger District

798 N. Main St., Bishop, CA 93514 * 760-873-2500 https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/recarea/?recid=20230

Mammoth Lakes Ranger District /Mono Basin District: 
Mammoth Lakes California Welcome Center

2510 Main St., Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 * 760-924-5500 https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/inyo/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5403315

Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center

Lee Vining Creek Trail, Lee Vining, CA 93541 * 760-647-3044

MONO LAKE COMMITTEE INFORMATION CENTER & BOOKSTORE
US-395 at 3rd St., Lee Vining, CA 93541 * 760-647-6595
https://www.monolake.org/

HUMBOLDT-TOIYABE NATIONAL FOREST
Bridgeport Ranger District, US 395 south of Bridgeport, CA 93517 * 760-932-7070
https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/htnf/about-forest/districts/?cid=fseprd754240

MAMMOTH LAKES TOURISM
2520 Main St., Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 * 888-466-2666
https://www.visitmammoth.com/

MONO COUNTY TOURISM
Mono County * 800-845-7922
https://www.monocounty.org/

 
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