Inyo National Forest wants you to have a nice visit … and safely recreate
Press Release 5/27/2021 – This Monday, Memorial Day, as we (US Forest Service) honor all of the heroes who gave their lives in this nation’s military service, Inyo National Forest also wishes to remind everyone visitors plan ahead before visiting.
Please recreate responsibly, including putting away your trash, use good social distancing when in crowded areas, and only park in designated areas.
As summer unofficially begins, Americans around the world are eager to step out on their public lands this Memorial Day weekend. We anticipate that this summer will be a very busy one and we want all visitors to be prepared before you leave.
Check the current conditions by visiting our website www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/inyo/recreation or by calling the local office. Due to the high volume of calls, Visitor Information staff will call back throughout the day to answer questions.
The following offices will be open during the days and times indicated:
- The Eastern Sierra Visitor Center in Lone Pine will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
- The Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA) will be selling books, maps and hiking gear at the White Mountain Visitor Center in Bishop from Friday to Sunday only. Hours of operation will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch.
- The Schulman Grove Visitor Center in the ancient pine forest of Bristlecone will open on May 28. Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday (depending on the weather) until November.
- The Mammoth Lakes Visitor Center will provide outdoor information on Memorial Day weekend from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Be prepared to find alternate areas if your campground or trailhead parking lot is full. Information on the camping possibilities scattered around the Eastern Sierra can be found at www.essrp.org/camping. Please note that campfires and briquette barbecues are not permitted in scattered camping areas due to current campfire restrictions.
Campfire restrictions are posted on: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/Inyo/ForestOrders. Campfires and briquette barbecues are only permitted in campgrounds and developed recreation sites. A portable stove or lantern using pressurized gas, gelled petroleum, or liquid fuel may be used with a valid wilderness or California campfire permit in scattered areas. No fireworks are allowed in the forest. Smoking is only permitted in a closed vehicle, a building, a converted recreation site or in an area at least three feet in diameter cleared of any flammable material.
Be aware that some forest roads, trails, and wilderness areas are inaccessible due to wet, muddy, and snowy conditions, especially at higher elevations.
We recommend that you do not travel long distances to recreate. If you or someone in your household is feeling sick, please stay home and plan your trip for another time. All visitors should practice self-sufficiency when visiting Inyo National Forest. Responsible recreation will help ensure greater access to facilities, services and recreational opportunities. Responsible recreational practices must be maintained at all times, including:
- Keep at least six feet away from others
- Do not gather in a group and please follow the latest guidelines from the officials
- Be courteous and communicate with other trail users as you pass, alerting them to your presence and stepping aside to let others pass.
- Take out your trash and take whatever you bring and use.
- If you have not yet been vaccinated, please wear a mask and maintain a physical distance inside Forest Service buildings and facilities.
- Not all services may be available, so please plan accordingly.
Additionally, great tools and resources are available on the Recreate Responsably website, which can be found at www.recreateresponsably.org.
We appreciate your cooperation in keeping Inyo National Forest safe and healthy for everyone to use.