Big Bend Campground

Inyo National Forest

Lee Vining Creek

Big Bend Campground, Lee Vining Creek, CA

Big Bend Campground

Mono Lake Areas
Attractions and Activities

For those camped at Big Bend Campground, stunning Mono Lake is only a short drive away. Mono Lake's beauty and wildlife beckons visitors from around the country. Up and down the Lee Vining Canyon are other wonderful places to visit.

  • Begin at the Mono Lake Visitor Center.
  • Drive south to view Mono Craters.
  • Try your luck fly fishing in Rush Creek.
  • The beautiful June Lake Loop is only a few miles to the south.
  • Join naturalist-led walks at Mono Lake.
  • Canoe or kayak on Mono Lake.
  • Hike to the historic mining site of Bennettville with all buildings and mines.
  • Picnic at Tioga or Ellery lake close to the east entrance to Yosemite National Park.
  • Spend the day at nearby Lundy Lake or the beautiful Virginia Lakes.
  • Visit Bodie State Historic Park

Key Big Bend Campground Regulations

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

Big Bend Campground

Big Bend Campground is set deep in Lee Vining Canyon along meandering Lee Vining Creek. Only a mile upstream the creek cascades through a series of falls 1,700 feet down a gorge from Ellery Lake. Around Big Bend Campground the creek has slowed to a gentle flow through a meadow. Views of the peaks to the west are wonderful. The campground itself is in a mature conifer forest.

Big Bend Campground has 17 sites which are first-come, first-served. In the peak of summer when Tuolumne Meadows is crowded, visitors to Yosemite head down Lee Vining Canyon in search of a campsite. The campground is 3 miles up Poole Power Plant Road off Highway 120, nine miles east of Yosemite's eastern entrance station at Tioga Pass. Campsites are fairly well spaced out along a single road. Tents must be pitched on the provided pads.

Campground Basics
Big Bend Campground Location: On Poole Power Plant Road, 3 miles off Highway 120, nine miles east of Tioga Pass
Elevation: 7,700 feet
Mileage/ Driving Times: Modesto - 145 miles, 3:27
Reno - 145 miles, 2:48
Number of Campsites: 17
Open - Closed: Late April through mid-0ctober
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 National Forest
Information -
Inyo NF, Bishop
(760) 873-2400

No Reservations: first come, first served
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 30 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated, but some sites are accessible
Fees: $22 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Big Bend 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 Big Bend Campground: Yosemite National Park, Saddlebag Lake, Mono Lake, 20 Lakes Basin, June Lake Loop, Lee Vining Canyon

Big Bend Campground, Lee Vining Canyon, CA

Big Bend Campground is among the trees along Lee Vining Canyon

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

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