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Most Recent Tahoe National Forest Camping Reviews
very beatiful

You should stay here for several days.

Loved it

One of the kids favorite spots. It’s absolutely gorgeous and deer are running free everywhere. This site was awesome, it overlooked the entire lake with a 2 minute drive down to the parking lot.

Pro tip: before you go through the ranger station, make a right onto the dirt road. Go down to the round about and park there. No one is on that side of the lake!

Don’t pay for camping

The Mammoth Scenic Loop has hundreds of free campsites. I’d hate for someone to waste money when there’s free camping right down the street.


We always sea bald eagles here! Fishing is really good!

Love this spot

My siblings both have trailers so this is where they stay when we come to mammoth. It’s very dispersed and clean! We love spending the day here and hiking around. So beautiful. We love climbing in the Ravine.

June Lake

Nice sites close to town and the lake

My favorite road!!!

This rod is hands down a campers fairy tail. There are over 100 campsites along this road all first come first serve. The PCT comes through this section of mammoth so there are, and I’m not kidding, hundreds upon hundreds of campsites. As you drive along this road, every 10 seconds you will pass a dirt road. Each dirt road has multiple campsites! Don’t get discouraged if one person is at the beginning of the road, that’s often the only people out there!


I expected to be miserable here. Not one tree and no grass. But, we ended up staying the entire summer.

The morning after we arrived I was able to take in the majesty of the landscape over morning coffee and I was hooked. There is grass, but the kind you find in grasslands, the river is home to an entire ecosystem bustling with life.

This is in the heart of BLM land and open range cattle wander by nearly every day. They even wander through the camp now and then. At night you will hear the coyote pack celebrating a meal a couple times a week (sad for the little calf’s, but such is life)

If you have off road toys and/or love to fish you will be at home. The trials just go on forever.

There is a general store with a lot of what you need in a pinch. We went to the vons in mammoth weekly for shopping and to load up the truck with logs to cut into firewood.

The cell service here is AMAZING. We were spoiled and able to work from here without one glitch.

Curfew is enforced for generators, but some spaces are pretty big so late night talking around the fire is totally oaky.

I don’t think I would have ever left if they didn’t close for the winter in September. We did encounter one of the strangest rainstorms I’ve ever seen! Peep the video to see for yourself.

We were here during the creek fire, so some of our pix and vids are fairly Smokey

Oh! Can’t forget, there is a beautiful geological site nearby too. Must see.

Trees and a creek

Site 38

There are power and water hookups at this camp but we stayed on a dry site because we have solar.

The sites range in size. All of them good for RV’s but plenty of people only use them for tents. Each site has grass and backs into a little creek. It’s a very busy place, and while the sites aren’t ‘tight’ you will hear your neighbors and they will hear you. The 10pm curfew is enforced by the owner who lives on site.

There is a little general store but, not as plentiful as the other campgrounds owned by this family. The best thing about this campsite is the pump out service offered by Bishop RV rentals, even to trailers he hasn’t rented out.

Surprisingly Beautiful

Site 57

We tried camping down by the river, but chose this spot in a rush for need of WiFi to work the following day. At first blush pit fees barren and desolate, but the vast beauty looking across the dessert ground and mountain ridge is simply stunning to wake up to and watch the sunset. We stayed weeks when we thought we’d only stay a couple nights.

This is primitive camping. No hookups or water. There is not a bit of shade to speak of, great for our solar and love of the sunshine, but not for shade seekers.

There are less flying insects than at the campground down the hill on the river, but many ants, bees, wasps. Also, no critters.

We have a quad and were happy to see so many trails leading out right from camp.

It’s $5/night. For that you have access to a trash bin with a bear lock and an ADA approved bathroom. That’s all. But, it is near a large play land for off road seekers of all kinds. We explored the area and found a historical petroglyph site.

There are many campgrounds nearby with amenities available, but if you don’t need them this is a surprisingly peaceful look over the flatlands at the foot of the Eastern Sierra range.