Top Dog Friendly Camping near Tahoe National Forest

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Looking for the ultimate pet-friendly camping experience near Tahoe National Forest? Finding a place to camp with your dog in California has never been easier. Each pet-friendly campsite offers quick access to one or more of Tahoe National Forest's most popular destinations.

Best Pet-Friendly Sites Near Tahoe National Forest, CA (112)

    Camper-submitted photo from Grandview Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Grandview Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Grandview Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Grandview Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Grandview Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Grandview Campground

    1.

    Grandview Campground

    24 Reviews
    87 Photos
    187 Saves
    Bishop, California

    Grandview Campground is nestled in low hills covered with Pinyon and Juniper. A large open area in the middle of the campground gives a truly grand view of the night sky. The combination of 8,600 foot elevation and no intrusive city lights make this a popular site for star gazers and astronomy groups. Campers are asked to minimize their use of generators and lights so everyone in camp can enjoy a peaceful night of stargazing. Grandview is also the nearest campground to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, just 5 miles to Schulman Grove. The campground has 23 sites spaced on two loop roads. Most sites are flat and sandy with ample shade. Each site has a table, fire ring, and parking for one or two vehicles. Firewood sources are limited. Do not collect wood from live or standing trees.

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    Camper-submitted photo from June Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from June Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from June Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from June Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from June Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from June Lake Campground

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    June Lake Campground

    26 Reviews
    85 Photos
    495 Saves
    June Lake, California

    Overview

    Easy access to fishing, a marina and boat rentals make June Lake Campground a favorite spot for both families and anglers. The facility sits in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains in close proximity to the Ansel Adams Wilderness, Yosemite National Park and Mono Lake. The town of June Lake offers the convenience of shopping and dining, while the surrounding land and lakes provide ample outdoor recreation opportunities.

    Recreation

    Campers have no problem staying busy and enjoying the outdoors. Fishing for rainbow and Alpers trout, canoeing, boating and walking are just some of the activities available around the lake. Numerous trails lie minutes away, an obvious draw for hikers, mountain bikers and off-road vehicle enthusiasts. The Fern Lake Trail, a short drive away, leads into the scenic Ansel Adams Wilderness. Skiing is a major winter pastime in the area. A drive along the June Lake Loop results in expansive views of rugged mountain peaks and several lakes.

    Facilities

    Campers have no problem staying busy and enjoying the outdoors. Fishing for rainbow and Alpers trout, canoeing, boating and walking are just some of the activities available around the lake. Numerous trails lie minutes away, an obvious draw for hikers, mountain bikers and off-road vehicle enthusiasts. The Fern Lake Trail, a short drive away, leads into the scenic Ansel Adams Wilderness. Skiing is a major winter pastime in the area. A drive along the June Lake Loop results in expansive views of rugged mountain peaks and several lakes.

    Natural Features

    Campsites are located in a mixed aspen and pine forest above the eastern shoreline of beautiful, 257-acre June Lake. Many points in the campground have views of the surrounding 11,000 and 12,000' peaks. The campground's elevation is 7,600 feet. Many species of wildlife call the mountains home, such as black bear, mountain lions, mule deer, pine marten, pika and numerous fish and birds.

    Nearby Attractions

    Mono Lake and its many activities are minutes away. Hikers can access the scenic Ansel Adams Wilderness via nearby trails, and Yosemite National Park is a great day trip. Ansel Adams Wilderness Yosemite National Park

    Charges & Cancellations

    Once your reservation start date has begun, neither the Recreation.gov Contact Center nor the campground manager will be able to modify your reservation.

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    $30 - $32 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Browns Owens River Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Browns Owens River Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Browns Owens River Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Browns Owens River Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Browns Owens River Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Browns Owens River Campground

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    Browns Owens River Campground

    9 Reviews
    51 Photos
    186 Saves
    Inyo National Forest, California
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $33 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Crab Cooker Hotsprings - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Crab Cooker Hotsprings - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Crab Cooker Hotsprings - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Crab Cooker Hotsprings - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Crab Cooker Hotsprings - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Crab Cooker Hotsprings - Dispersed Camping

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    Crab Cooker Hotsprings - Dispersed Camping

    11 Reviews
    33 Photos
    448 Saves
    Inyo National Forest, California

    Located near Mammoth Lakes, Crab Cooker Hot Springs is one of several hot water springs in the area that are suitable for soaking in. The pool consists of a manmade cement tub with water piped in from a mineral spring about 30 feet away. Though the water at the source is too hot to bathe in, or even to touch, the tub has been outfitted with a valve that allows for the control of hot water.

    Crab cooker is located on land that is owned by the LA Department of Water and Power, which forbids camping. However, camping is permitted on nearby public land.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Convict Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Convict Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Convict Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Convict Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Convict Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Convict Lake Campground

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    Convict Lake Campground

    14 Reviews
    69 Photos
    466 Saves
    Mammoth Lakes, California

    Overview

    Convict Lake Campground is situated near Convict Lake amidst the beautiful scenery of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The lake and surrounding national forest provide many opportunities for family fun, outdoor recreation and relaxation. The campground and nearby resort offer many amenities for a convenient and enjoyable camping experience. The facility is located between Mammoth Lakes and Bishop, California, near Mammoth Airport.

    Recreation

    The eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains are known for exceptional trout fishing. Anglers can cast a line for rainbow and brown trout in the creek or lake. Power boats are limited to electric motors on the lake (six horsepower or less). The area's majestic scenery and variety of trails draw in hikers, mountain bikers and equestrian enthusiasts. The 3.5-mile Lake Trail can be accessed from the campground, and many other trails are in nearby John Muir Wilderness.

    Facilities

    The eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains are known for exceptional trout fishing. Anglers can cast a line for rainbow and brown trout in the creek or lake. Power boats are limited to electric motors on the lake (six horsepower or less). The area's majestic scenery and variety of trails draw in hikers, mountain bikers and equestrian enthusiasts. The 3.5-mile Lake Trail can be accessed from the campground, and many other trails are in nearby John Muir Wilderness.

    Natural Features

    The campground sits at an elevation of 7,500 ft. and provides gorgeous views of the lake and the dramatic mountain scenery. Convict Creek runs through the campground, and the 167-acre Convict Lake is about 100 yards away. Shrubs and low vegetation fill in the landscape, though tall aspen and cottonwood trees grow along the creek. The area is abundant with wildlife, including black bears, mountain lions, mule deer, pine marten, pika and many species of fish and birds.

    Nearby Attractions

    Visitors can explore the magnificent John Muir Wilderness, which stretches for 100 miles along the crest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is a land of lofty snow-capped mountains, deep canyons and vast expanses of glacially-carved terrain, and offers extensive hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails.

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    • Phone Service
    • RVs
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    $30 - $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Volcanic Tableland BLM Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Volcanic Tableland BLM Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Volcanic Tableland BLM Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Volcanic Tableland BLM Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Volcanic Tableland BLM Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Volcanic Tableland BLM Dispersed Camping

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    Volcanic Tableland BLM Dispersed Camping

    11 Reviews
    15 Photos
    362 Saves
    Bishop, California

    Welcome to Volcanic Tableland BLM Dispersed Camping in California! This spot is a hidden gem for those looking to get away from it all and enjoy some peace and quiet under the stars. Located near Bishop, it's a fantastic base for exploring the Eastern Sierras.

    The area is known for its wide-open spaces and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. You'll find plenty of large, spread-out spots that offer a good amount of privacy. Many of these spots come with rock fire pits, perfect for a cozy evening by the fire. Just remember, there's no firewood available, so bring your own if you plan on having a fire.

    One of the standout features here is the incredible night sky. Visitors have raved about the starry nights, with some even capturing amazing shots of the Milky Way. It's a great place for stargazing, so don't forget your camera.

    While the area is big rig friendly and allows pets, keep in mind that there are no amenities like drinking water, toilets, or showers. You'll need to come prepared with your own supplies, including water and a way to pack out your trash. Cell service is spotty, but some campers have reported having a signal, which can be a nice perk if you need to stay connected.

    The roads can be a bit tricky, especially after bad weather, so it's a good idea to check conditions before heading out. But once you're here, you'll find it's worth the effort. The tranquility and natural beauty make it a perfect spot to unwind and soak in the high desert landscape.

    So pack up your gear, bring plenty of water, and get ready to enjoy a peaceful retreat at Volcanic Tableland. Happy camping!

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    Camper-submitted photo from Mammoth Mountain RV Park & Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mammoth Mountain RV Park & Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mammoth Mountain RV Park & Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mammoth Mountain RV Park & Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mammoth Mountain RV Park & Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mammoth Mountain RV Park & Campground

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    Mammoth Mountain RV Park & Campground

    15 Reviews
    15 Photos
    209 Saves
    Mammoth Lakes, California

    Mammoth Mountain RV Park offers full and partial hook-up sites, tent camping and cabins in the beautiful alpine town of Mammoth Lakes, CA.

    Mammoth Mountain offers an impressive 175 different campsites to choose from, including 49 full hook-up sites, 105 partial hook-up sites, 17 tent sites, 2 group tent sites, and 2 cabins. The park is ideally located near sightseeing, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, kayaking, shopping and much more!

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $35 - $80 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Inyo National Forest Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Inyo National Forest Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Inyo National Forest Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Inyo National Forest Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Inyo National Forest Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Inyo National Forest Dispersed Camping

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    Inyo National Forest Dispersed Camping

    12 Reviews
    34 Photos
    718 Saves
    June Lake, California

    Many people enjoy the solitude and primitive experience of camping away from developed campgrounds and other campers. Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services, such as trash removal, tables, or toilets. There are extra responsibilites and skills that are necessary for dispersed camping. Camping rules and regulations apply to make your experience safe, and to keep the natural resources scenic and unspoiled for other campers.

    Most of the land in Inyo and Mono counties is publicly owned. Dispersed camping (camping outside of designated campgrounds) is allowed throughout much of the area. If you plan to backpack into a wilderness area to camp, you will need a wilderness permit, issued at Inyo National Forest visitor centers. If you wish to camp outside of developed campgrounds/sites, there are a few things you need to know:

    Land Ownership: The three major land-owning agencies in the Eastern Sierra are the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the City of Los Angeles. Dispersed camping is allowed on most Forest Service and BLM land. However, camping is prohibited on land owned by the City of Los Angeles.

    Maps: Anyone planning a dispersed camping trip should invest in a copy of the Inyo National Forest map, which depicts land ownership as well as roads, streams, trails and other features. The map also shows “restricted use areas” where dispersed camping is not allowed.

    Restricted Use Areas: Certain high-use recreation zones, including those along paved roads leading into the mountains, are not open to dispersed camping (see Inyo National Forest map). Dispersed camping is not allowed in the following areas: Horseshoe Meadow, Onion Valley, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek, Rock Creek, McGee Creek, Convict Lake, Mammoth Lakes, Reds Meadow Valley, June Lakes Loop, Lee Vining Canyon, Lundy Canyon, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, and any research area.

    Owens River: All land along the Owens River is owned by the City of Los Angeles, and is closed to camping.

    Length of Stay: On Inyo National Forest land, you may camp up to 28 days per six months on any one ranger district (there are 4 ranger districts on the Inyo –Mt. Whitney, White Mountain, Mammoth, and Mono Lake). Always check with your local ranger station.

    Locating a Dispersed Campsite: Look for an area at the end of a spur road or a pullout that is clear of vegetation and has a hard, compacted surface. These sites might have a primitive fire ring. Stay on established roadways; do not drive off-road to camp. Try to select a campsite at least 100 feet from lakes and streams.

    Campfires and Fire Permits: If you plan to build a campfire or use a barbeque or camp stove, you must obtain a campfire permit from a Forest Service, BLM, or CalFire office. You must have a shovel and a container of water (for drowning the fire). Clear an area least 5 feet wide all the way around your fire ring down to mineral soil. During times of high fire danger, camp fires are prohibited; always check with the local fire office or ranger station for fire restrictions.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Pleasant Valley Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pleasant Valley Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pleasant Valley Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pleasant Valley Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pleasant Valley Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pleasant Valley Campground

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    Pleasant Valley Campground

    12 Reviews
    20 Photos
    54 Saves
    Bishop, California

    Pleasant Valley Campground provides year-round fishing in the Owens River and the Diaz Lake Campground offers an 80-acre lake for fishing and water sport recreation. Fishing license is required. Shore fishing is allowed all year round.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $14 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Mono Lake South Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Mono Lake South Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Mono Lake South Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Mono Lake South Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Mono Lake South Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Mono Lake South Dispersed

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    Mono Lake South Dispersed

    12 Reviews
    35 Photos
    529 Saves
    Lee Vining, California

    Mono Lake South Dispersed is a hidden gem in California, perfect for those who crave a bit of solitude and natural beauty. This spot offers stunning views of Mono Lake and the surrounding mountains, making it a fantastic place to unwind and soak in the scenery. The area is dotted with shady spots under pines, providing some relief from the summer sun.

    One thing to keep in mind is that the roads can get sandy, so having a 4WD or AWD vehicle is a good idea. Some visitors have managed with low-clearance vehicles, but it's better to be prepared. The main entry road is hard-packed gravel, but once you venture off, you'll encounter a mix of soft sand and gravel.

    Campfires are allowed here, so you can enjoy a cozy evening by the fire with the lake in the background. Just remember to pack out everything you bring in, as there are no trash services. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the adventure.

    The area is quite peaceful, with campers spread out enough to give you a sense of privacy. Cell service is spotty but available, enough to send a text or two. If you're into stargazing, the night sky here is absolutely breathtaking, thanks to the minimal light pollution.

    For those interested in exploring, the Tufas at Mono Lake are a must-see. The lake itself is a bit of a walk from most campsites, but the views are worth it. Just watch out for horse droppings on the trails!

    Overall, Mono Lake South Dispersed offers a serene and picturesque escape, perfect for a quiet getaway.

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