Camping Near Bishop
Camping in the Bishop area brings back childhood memories of roasting marshmallows over an open fire, sleeping under the starlit sky and breathing the cool, fresh, pine scented air. You can relive those times and create even more memories for yourself and your children and grandchildren in one of the many campgrounds the Bishop Area has to offer.
Most campgrounds in the Inyo National Forest are first come-first served, but a few such as group campgrounds for Boy Scouts and church groups are available on a reserve basis.
Dispersed Camping: Land belonging to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power does NOT allow public camping. The Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service offers camping in the wild. However, there aren’t any restrooms, no fires allowed (unless you get a permit) no trash collection, and advanced camping etiquette applies. As our guest, please leave each place better than you found it. After all, that’s what good people do!
Need a new tent, fuel, sleeping bags, warm clothing, or new boots? Be sure to stop into one of our local shops who have the knowledge of what you’ll need to have a great time in the Eastern Sierra!
CAMPGROUNDS, RESORTS & RV PARKS
Brown’s Town Campground (in Bishop)
150 shady RV & tent sites next to the golf course, south of Bishop. Cafe and country store specialize in hot and cold sandwiches, homemade pies, old fashioned ice cream fountain, fine candies and souvenirs. Enjoy the free museum, park & horseshoe pits. Electric & water hookups, showers.
Brown’s Millpond Campground
60 RV and tent sites next to Inyo County’s Millpond Park, six miles north of downtown Bishop. Electric & water hookups, hot showers, coin-op laundry. Ball fields, tennis courts, playground, fishing pond, and horseshoe pits.
Cardinal Village Resort (in Bishop Creek Canyon)
Located at the bottom of glacially scoured Bishop Creek Canyon, Cardinal Village Resort has an incomparable alpine setting for fishermen, hikers, and other urban escapees alike. The resort offers fully equipped cabins, many with kitchenettes. The restaurant is open seven days a week from 8 AM to 3 PM with a breakfast and lunch menu. They serve dinner on the outdoor deck Mondays and Tuesdays from mid-June until mid-August. (Call for reservations.) A gift-shop and mini-mart is also on the premises and has all the necessities for the vacationer. The resort is only a mile or so below Lake Sabrina and just above the Aspendell community. Creek fishing, a stocked fishing pond ideal for children, and short hiking trails are accessible right at the resort.
Creekside RV Park (in Bishop Creek Canyon)
Nestled alongside the South Fork of Bishop Creek in Bishop Creek Canyon, Creekside RV Park offers full hookup RV sites, rental trailers and tent sites. Clean restrooms, a store and cafe round out the conveniences, not to mention the great fishing and creek and a stocked trout pond (for guests only).
Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds (in Bishop)
Open year-round & conveniently located near downtown Bishop. 42 Sites with water & sewer hook-ups. Each Site has 20,30 &50 amp electricity. Large sites can accommodate RV’s up to 40′. Groups Welcome. Meeting rooms and horse boarding available.
Esmeralda Market & RV (Located in Dyer, NV at Mile Marker 8, on NV-264)
Esmeralda RV Park consists of 23 developed spaces with campground facilities with water, electrical, sewer hook-ups, bath house with two restrooms and showers, picnic area, mature landscaping, spectacular views of the White Mountains and lots of trees that provide shade. They also have a few cabins for rent.
Highlands RV Park (in Bishop)
Located on North Sierra Highway (Hwy 395) just one mile north of downtown Bishop, Highlands RV Park is open year-round and offers full hookup RV sites.
The Inn at Benton Hot Springs (north of Bishop via HWY 6)
Open year round, 39 miles north of Bishop. The facility features 10 camping sites with hot tubs fed by natural hot springs. Each site features private hot tub, picnic table and fire pit. Visitors can pitch a tent or park an RV (no hookups). Trees separate the bathing areas where clothing is optional and discretion is encouraged.
Keough’s Hot Springs Resort (7 miles south of Bishop)
Open year round, adjacent to the historic Keough’s Hot Springs – the largest natural hot springs pool in the Eastern Sierra. 10 water and electric sites, plus dry camping and luxury tent cabins.
Parchers Resort (in Bishop Creek Canyon)
Nestled between Bishop Creek and Green Creek, Parchers has an alpine setting that is spectacular for fishermen and hikers alike. Parcher’s offers beautiful RV spaces in picturesque Bishop Creek Canyon. Parcher’s also offers cabins that are fully equipped, most with kitchenettes. The restaurant is open Thursday through Monday and serves a complete breakfast and lunch menu. A gift-shop and mini-mart is also on the premises and has all the necessities for the vacationer. The resort is only 1 mile from South Lake. Creek fishing and several hiking trails are accessible right at the resort.
Paiute Palace Casino RV Lot (At the north end of Bishop on Hwy 395)
The Paiute Palace Casino RV Lot is located near the Paiute Palace Casino. With the casino nearby, there is plenty of gambling fun to be had, as well as the Tu-Ka-Novie Restaurant open from breakfast to dinner and the 395 Grill Bar and Lounge open all day and late into the night.
J Diamond RV Park (In Bishop)
A full service RV park, with 60 sites. located in in downtown Bishop, you’ll be close to everything you need, shopping, Schat’s Bakkery, tackle shops and more!
POPULAR BISHOP PUBLIC CAMPGROUNDS
Pleasant Valley Campground (North of Bishop ~ 10 minutes)
This riverfront campground is famous for great fly fishing on the Owens River in the winter months, quick access to Pleasant Valley reservoir and its central location to the tablelands, including the Happy and Sad Boulders, on Chalk Bluff Road. Located just north of Bishop with views of the striking Sierra Nevada, and spectacular night skies, anglers and climbers, RVers and tent campers fill the campground during its busy months from November to June. Surrounding public lands that offer hunting, hiking, climbing and biking.
The Pit Campground at Pleasant Valley
This is known as the “Climber’s Campground” offers 75 designated sunny campsites. Located just a few minutes off highway 395. Almost all of camp spots have picnic tables, many with metal fire rings and metal grills. Others have primitive fire rings. No shade at all! Four pit toilets that are well maintained. No water, electricity, or sewer. There is a 60 day limit. Camp host on site. There aren’t any pull-thrus but there are plenty of big campsites. Unless the campground is full, any sized RV should be able to camp here.
While there isn’t any climbing or bouldering within walking distance, it is within a couple of miles of the Tableland’s “The Happies” and “The Sads”. Buttermilk Country is a bit further but worth the drive. All of which are considered some of the best bouldering in the country. If you are a climber, you are sure to find partners and make friends here. We had a great time chilling and bouldering with multiple other campers. We used the Bishop Bouldering Guide Book and suggest that you do too. It’s considered the best guidebook available for the area. In the winter, the BLM has a “Climber’s Coffee” morning get together thing on the weekends. First-come First-served, No Reservations. Both trash and recycling receptacles are provided.
Phone: (760) 872-5000
Horton Creek Campground
Horton Creek is a primitive campground with breathtaking views of the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains, Round Valley, the Volcanic Tableland and the White Mountains. Horton Creek itself flows beside the campground, providing a cheerful babble for the campsites situated closest to the creek. This is a stark and lovely park, not far from Bishop, California.
The campground sites are first-come, first-served. The campground does not accept reservations. The park accepts Golden Age and Golden Access passes for fee discounts. Maximum stay is 14 nights in a 30 day period, although Long Term Visitor Passes are also available.
HINT: This is a good dark sky site with little light pollution from nearby Bishop. Seeing conditions are fair, although may degrade with turbulent airflow over the Sierra.
Latitude 37.383448, Longitude -118.578231, Elevation 5,055 ft.
Phone: (760) 872-5000
Inyo County Parks & Recreation (campgrounds & parks)
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Adventure in Camping (Mammoth Lakes, CA, covering Bishop Campgrounds)
We park the rental trailer in the campground of your choice. Choose from 12 floor plans and over 2200 campsites all trailers include shower, tub, basin, refrigerator, freezer, oven, range, flush toilet, forced air, hot and cold running water, dishes pots pans and utensils.