Agnew Meadows Campgrounds

Inyo National Forest


Middle Fork San Joaquin River



Agnew Meadows Campground, Inyo National Forest, CA

Agnew Meadows Campground

Devils Postpile
Attractions and Activities

Those camped at Agnew Meadows Campground are close to the Devils Postpile and Reds Meadow with a variety of attractions for outdoor enthusiasts. In the summer unless you have a camping reservation, visitors must take the Reds Meadow Shuttle Bus from the Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort into the area.

  • Explore the geologic wonders of Devils Postpile National Monument.
  • At Red's Meadow Resort join a trail ride to Rainbow Falls, eat at the Mule House Cafe, or just take advantage of their showers.
  • Fish in the river, Sotcher Lake or Starkweather Lake.
  • Hike 5 miles into the Ansel Adams Wilderness to Garnet Lake, or hike a few miles on the famous John Muir Trail.
  • Visit beautiful Minarets Falls.
  • Stop in a Minaret Summit viewpoint for spectacular views of the Ritter Range.

Key Agnew Meadows Campground Regulations

  1. Fires are only allowed in fire rings.
  2. Quiet Hours are from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM.
  3. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times. No more than 2 pets are permitted per campsite.
  4. To avoid problems with bears, keep food in bear-proof lockers if provided, otherwise in your vehicle.

Agnew Meadows Campground

Agnew Meadows Campground, Agnew Meadows Horse Camp, and Agnew Meadows Group Campground are located in the Devils Postpile - Reds Meadow area west of Mammoth Lakes. All three campgrounds were closed through 2015 and 2016 due to wind storm damage to many trees in the area. Campgrounds are scheduled to reopen on July 30, 2017. See Inyo National Forest - Agnew Meadows Campground.

Trails lead from Agnew Meadows Campground into the Ansel Adams Wilderness and some of the most scenic stretches of the John Muir Trail. Four and a half miles to the south is the Devils Postpile National Monument. Nearby is the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River.

A narrow road leads down to Agnew Meadows Campground from the entry station at Minaret Summit. While camping at Agnew Meadows, drivers may bypass the Reds Meadow Shuttle Bus, but are still required to pay a $10 entrance fee. The shuttle only operates in summer. There are 17 standard campsites at the main campground.

Agnew Meadows Campground Basics
Agnew Meadows Campground Location: In Reds Meadow area west of Mammoth Lakes
Elevation: 7,600 feet
Mileage/ Driving Times: Sacramento - 245 miles, 4:46
Reno - 178 miles, 3:37
Los Angeles - 322 miles, 5:15
Number of Campsites: 17
Open - Closed: Mid-June through mid-September
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 vehicle, 2nd vehicle $5
Maximum Length of Stay: 14 days
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by Inyo Recreation for Inyo National Forest
Information -
Inyo NF, Bishop
(760) 873-2400

Reservations
No Reservations first come, first served
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 37 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $22 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Agnew Meadows Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, food storage locker; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractions near Agnew Meadows Campground: Devils Postpile National Monument, Sotcher Lake, Red's Meadow, Ansel Adams Wilderness, hiking, horseback riding, fishing

General Camping Information

Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation site when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite. Purchase firewood locally to avoid spreading pests.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

Agnew Meadows Group Campground

The Agnew Meadows Group Campground is located in a lodgepole pine forest in a valley surrounded by high peaks. The campground can accommodate groups up to 10 and 20 people. Nearby are the main Agnew Meadows Campground and a Horse Camp. The road leading into the campground is narrow and single-lane, not recommended for vehicles over 20 feet. Small sites may have a maximum of 3 vehicles, large sites 8.

The campground has 4 sites, two for up to 10 people and two for up to 20 people. One of the smaller sites is designated as accessible. A minimum of 7 people is required to reserve a group site. Campsites have vault toilets, fire pits, food lockers and picnic tables.
Fees: $34 or $70
Reservations: Agnew Meadows Group Camp Reservations

Agnew Meadows Group Camp, Inyo National Forest, CA

Agnew Meadows Group Camp

Agnew Meadows Horse Camp

The Angew Meadows Horse Camp is located just beyond the main campground. A powerful windstorm in the late fall of 2011 felled a great number of trees throughout the Reds Meadow Valley, hitting the Agnew Meadows Horse Camp especially hard. Since then downed trees have been removed and roads graded, but it will be years before the campground regains its scenic forest setting. Nevertheless, the horse camp is open and serves as the gateway to several outstanding riding trails.

The Agnew Meadows Horse Camp has 3 sites similar to regular campground sites, each holding a maximum of 6 people. One site is designated as accessible. The road leading into the campground is narrow. Facilities are similar to other campsites. A maximum of 2 vehicles is permitted per site, including the horse trailer. Check-in time is 3:00 PM, checkout at noon.

Fees: $24
Reservations: Agnew Meadows Horse Camp Reservations

Agnew Meadows Horse Camp, Inyo National Forest, CA

Agnew Meadows Horse Camp

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