Grays Meadow Campground

Inyo National Forest

Lower Grays Meadow

Lower Grays Meadow Campground, Inyo National Forest, CA

Lower Grays Meadow Campground

Southern Eastern Sierra
Attractions and Activities

South of Mammoth Lakes are a number of wonderful camping areas along the Eastern Sierra. Among them are Convict Lake, Rock Creek, Sabrina Lake, South Lake, and Big Pine.

  • Great fishing at Convict Lake, Rock Creek Lake, and Lake Crowley
  • Wonderful hiking trails leading into the Sierra Nevada
  • Close to beautiful Mammoth Lakes
  • Take a day hike up the trail into Little Lakes Valley
  • Spend a day at Rock Creek Lake's beach area, swimming and fishing
  • Go on a trail ride with Rock Creek Pack Station or near Lake Sabrina and North Lake see Bishop Pack Outfitters.
  • Mountain bike along challenging trails in the Rock Creek area.
  • Fish for trout in popular Bishop Creek or nearby Lake Sabrina and South Lake.
  • Hike up Big Pine Creek past waterfalls to actor Lon Chaney's wilderness cabin.

Key Inyo National Forest Camping Regulations

  1. Fires only in fire rings
  2. Quiet Hours: 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM
  3. Generators allowed only during non-quiet hours; three-hour maximum run time and must be attended while running.
  4. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times. No more than 2 pets per campsite
  5. To avoid problems with bears campers are required to store food and scented items in bear-proof lockers.

Grays Meadow Campground

Grays Meadow Campground is located on Onion Valley Road in the Inyo National Forest, 6 miles west of Independence. The campground is divided into two sections, Upper and Lower. Visitors to the campground enjoy fishing in nearby Independence Creek, visiting area attractions, and most often hiking into the Sierra from trailhead at the end of the road. After a little more than a mile, hikers begin to pass a series of scenic lakes. The trail continues over Kearsarge Pass into Kings Canyon National Park.

Lower Grays Meadow Campground has 52 campsites near Independence Creek and Upper Grays Meadow Campground has an additional 35 campsites. Thirty-one campsites can be reserved ahead of time, while a good number are set aside as first-come, first-served sites. All of the sites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Some campsites have good shade from oaks while others are more open. Campsites #10, 12, 13, 14, 40, 41, 46 and 51 are nearest to the creek.

Campground Basics
Location: Onion Valley Road, 6 miles west of Independence on Highway 395
Elevation: 6,100 feet
Mileage from major cities: 231 miles north of Los Angeles
From Bakersfield - 191 miles
Number of Campsites: 87
Open - Closed: Late March through mid-October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 vehicles, 2nd vehicle $5
Maximum Length of Stay: 14 days
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by Recreation Resource Management for Inyo National Forest
Information - Inyo NF, Bishop (760) 873-2400

Reservations available whenever campground is open, available up to 6 months in advance
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 34 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: #14, 17, 20, and 21
Fees: $21 per night
Reservations: Grays Meadow Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Grays Meadow Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, bear-proof food storage locker; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Nearby attractions: Onion Valley trailhead is the gateway for hikes to Kearsarge Pass and on into Kings Canyon National Park. Fishing, mountaineering, cycling; Eastern California Museum in Independence, Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, Manzanar War Relocation Center; Death Valley

Upper Grays Meadow Campground, Inyo National Forest, CA

Upper Grays Meadow Campground

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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