The whole world is suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic in different ways, shapes, and forms.
Some countries have successfully contained it and flattened the curve with no new cases and transmissions over a considerable amount of time. Others are still figuring out how else to educate, inform, and discipline people into understanding that COVID-19 is real and definitely not a hoax.
The effect of COVID-19 has been felt on so many levels and in so many aspects: economies, businesses, health care, lifestyle, relationships, and travel.
But our lives can’t stop just because of the pandemic. We cannot stop living and enjoying what life has to offer — as long as we follow safety protocols set in place by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Here at Mammoth Lakes, we are happy to inform you that we have open campgrounds ready to accommodate you, and activities you can still enjoy while camping with us.
This is COVID-19 camping. This is camping in The New Normal.
Mammoth Lakes Open Campgrounds
We have eleven campgrounds and more than 700 sites for you to stay in, relax, de-stress, decompress, and enjoy nature. They are:
1. Old Shady Rest Campground – 47 sites
Old Shady Rest Campground is popular for hiking, mountain biking, and sightseeing. Campsites are located under the canopy of a Jeffrey pine forest at an elevation of 7,800 feet.
2. New Shady Rest Campground – 92 sites
New Shady Rest Campground is popular for hiking, mountain biking, sightseeing, and hitting the adjacent town of Mammoth Lakes for shopping and dining.
3. Twin Lakes Campground – 93 sites
Located in the heart of the Mammoth Lakes Basin. Great for families, RV campers, and tent campers, the amenities at Twin Lakes Campground include boat rentals and fish cleaning stations.
4. Pine City Campground – 10 sites
Ten forested sites at the shore of Lake Mary in the Mammoth Lakes Basin at 8,900-foot elevation form Pine City Campground. This campground has easy drive-in access on paved roads and a rustic lake setting. Water is provided.
5. Pine Glen Campground – 18 sites
A group camping facility in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, within walking distance of Mammoth Lakes, Pine Glen Campground has access to a variety of activities, like fishing, mountain biking, hiking, and photography.
6. Lake Mary Campground – 48 sites
The star of the Mammoth Lakes region as it is the largest and most developed. Lake Mary Campground is a large facility with plenty of amenities. The lake provides a great base for fishing, viewing waterfalls, hiking, and backpacking.
7. Lake George Campground – 16 sites
Fifteen sites perch alongside the scenic lake at Lake George Campground, located 9,000 feet above sea level. The campgrounds share a small parking lot with hiking trailheads, a boat rental dock, and a few cabins. This campground is very popular with fishermen and families.
8. Coldwater Campground – 77 sites
The sites at Coldwater Campground have space for 25- to 30-feet RVs or two cars. Visitors can walk to creeks, trailheads, a historic mining site, Lake Mary, and the paved Lake Mary Loop Road, which is popular for fishing, boating, and family bike rides.
9. Sherwin Creek Campground – 85 sites
Sherwin Creek Campground is near some of Mammoth Lakes’ best hiking trails in a wilderness area. This campground is popular with dog owners, fishers, hikers, and backpackers. It is also the closest campground to a large motocross event every June.
10. Camp High Sierra – 42 sites
With a historic recreation lodge and views of the Sherwins, Mammoth Mountain, and the Mammoth Crest, Camp High Sierra has been a family-favorite campground for nearly a century.
11. Mammoth Mountain RV Park – 175 sites
This RV Park is open all-year-round. Mammoth Mountain RV Park offers RV full-hookups, rustic cabins, and tent campsites. It is located at the entrance of town, across Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center and Ranger Station on Main Street.
All campgrounds — except for Pine City and Lake George — accept reservations online via recreation.gov. For Camp High Sierra, call 800-MAMMOTH.
As Mammoth Lakes welcomes back guests, they are also enforcing “Etiquette and Guidelines for Outdoor Recreation During COVID-19.”
In fact, they’re using the hashtag #RecreateResponsibly to encourage campers and guests to be just a little bit more considerate and mindful especially when other
1. Some practices to be observed are:
● Research on local COVID-19 closures
● Be ready for limited services
● Observe permitting requirements
2. Now, more than ever is the time to be a responsible camper by:
● Respecting the land and leaving no trace
● Camping on durable surfaces
● Disposing of waste properly
● Leaving what you find
● Respecting wildlife
● Keeping in mind that there are other visitors, not just you
3. Some local regulations and safety guidelines to observe are:
● When hiking, the passing protocol during the pandemic is to put your mask on and step off the trail at least six feet, or as far as safely possible
● When fishing with any members outside of your household or accommodations, stay at least six feet apart and wear your mask
● When biking, ride in a single-file line and stick to one side of the path, allowing plenty of space for others to pass. Wear your mask.
Watch this video on Recreation Etiquette Guidelines from Mammoth Hospital:
Yes, life goes on and camping continues in Mammoth Lakes despite COVID-19. With your cooperation, we can all still enjoy the beauty of nature and each other’s company and stay safe and healthy. For other FAQs, visit this link.