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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
(Be careful testing it!)
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.
EASTERN SIERRA CAMPING MAP
Please click on this interactive map for more details
Please click anywhere on this interactive map for more details on land
ownership, current policy/restrictions, trails & roads, 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.
For Maps &
FOREST CLOSURES & FIRE RESTRICTIONS:
AIR QUALITY & SMOKE INFORMATION
EASTERN SIERRA INTER-AGENCY VISITOR CENTER
US- 395 & CA-136, Lone Pine, CA 93545 * 760-876-6200
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Bishop Field Office
351 Pacu Lane, Suite 100, Bishop, CA 93514 * 760-872-5000
BISHOP AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & VISITOR CENTER
690 N. Main St., Bishop, CA 93514 * 760-873-8405
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
HUMBOLDT-TOIYABE NATIONAL FOREST
Bridgeport Ranger District, US 395 south of Bridgeport, CA 93517 * 760-932-7070
MAMMOTH LAKES TOURISM
2520 Main St., Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 * 888-466-2666
MONO COUNTY TOURISM
Mono County * 800-845-7922