What is the Favorite Campground?

Recently we asked several campers what their favorite campground was in the Sierras. Although some wanted to keep their spot a secret, we managed to gain a lot of great feedback and information you can use to choose your next campground and make your next camping trip to the Eastern Sierras a great vacation.

Adventure in Camping serves over 80 campgrounds in the Eastern Sierras. For ease of geography, we broke down the campgrounds into six geographic areas; Bishop and Pleasant Valley, Rock Creek, Convict Lake and Crowley Lake, Mammoth Lakes and the Lakes Basin, Devils Postpile, and finally June Lake and Lee Vining.

We asked, “What area do you normally camp?” Overwhelming popularity… June Lake and Lee Vining. Coming in second (and we agree – maybe even a tie in our opinion) is Mammoth Lakes and the Lakes Basin.

When asked, “What is your favorite campground?” The top two picks… Silver Lake and Twin Lakes in Mammoth.

We wanted to know what was most important in the campground selection and asked what made the campground a top pick. We gave campers a choice of:

  1. Price
  2. Location to grocery shopping and town
  3. Hookups and layout of campground
  4. Close to a lake or stream
  5. Close to the attractions I like

Overall, “Close to a lake or stream” beat out the rest of the options with “Close to the attractions I like” coming in second.

What are some of the campers saying about their favorite campground?

Campers said about Silver Lake Campground

A beautiful view of Carson Peak in the distance from the shore of Silver Lake near the campgound.
A beautiful view of Carson Peak in the distance from the shore of Silver Lake.

Peaceful campground by the lake with perfect area for kids to ride bikes and walking access to streams.

Nicely spread out, as there is space between campsites, beautiful mountain & waterfall views. It’s close to many dining facilities and hiking trails.

One of the most scenic in all of the Eastern Sierras

Regarding Twin Lakes Campground in Mammoth Lakes

Twin Lakes Campground Mammoth
Twin Lakes Mammoth

Almost all campsites are within 100 feet of the lakes.

It’s a beautiful campground with lots of trees. They is also an abundance of wild life. We saw bears on four different occasions on our 1st trip there.

Clean, quiet and centrally located to other mammoth area attractions. Plus really good fishing and great hiking.

Beautiful serene and wonderful

Adventure in Camping asked campers for some tips for you. Here are a few of our favorites.

Plan ahead. Reservations fill up very fast.

For first come first served spots, drive through and pick a good spot before you decide but prepare to wait for the good ones.

Follow the campgrounds food storage suggestions. There were a lot of bears when we went.

(AIC note, the bears just want your goodies. Following the storage recommendations and using the bear boxes will help.)

Camp sites fill up early and is first come first serve. Spend a whole week here, you will not regret it. Hiking, fishing, boating and good ol’ High Sierra relaxing is just a few things to do here.

very easy to book on line.

Just to be respectful of nature & of other visitors in the campground.

What do we think? Either Silver Lake Campground or Twin Lakes Campground in Mammoth would be a great choice. Both are beautiful with their own unique personality. If you are visiting in the Fall, Silver Lake for sure. The colors are gorgeous. New to camping and still want to be close to a store or dining? Twin Lakes Mammoth is a great option.

Wherever you decide to camp, a trip to the Eastern Sierras will not disappoint. For more information on the campground and our services in the area, please call us at (760) 935-4890 or click here.