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Top Dispersed Camping near Yosemite National Park

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Best Dispersed Camping Sites Near Yosemite National Park, CA (52)

    Camper-submitted photo from Goat Meadow - Dispersed Camp Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Goat Meadow - Dispersed Camp Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Goat Meadow - Dispersed Camp Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Goat Meadow - Dispersed Camp Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Goat Meadow - Dispersed Camp Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Goat Meadow - Dispersed Camp Site

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    Goat Meadow - Dispersed Camp Site

    23 Reviews
    40 Photos
    770 Saves
    Fish Camp, California

    Dispersed Camping is allowed in the National Forest except in the area surrounding Huntington Lake, Shaver Lake, Bass Lake, Redinger Lake, and the Merced River Canyon. Campfire permits are required at all times whenever you plan to have a fire on public land outside of a developed campground. When building a fire please remember to only pick up down and dead wood that is no larger than wrist size and to never leave a campfire unattended.

    You can obtain a campfire permit at any Forest office or online at www.prevetnwildfireca.org. Be sure to check and see if campfire restrictions are in effect, when campfire restrictions are in place you will not be able to make a fire in dispersed camping areas (Developed Designated Campgrounds Only) but, you will be able to operate gas stoves, and lanterns with your permit.

    When camping in the Forest proper food storage is also required either using a bear box, or by the proper use of the counter balance method. While camping anywhere in the forest also keep in mind that there are other people in the forest and we advise you to respect them and their space.

    You may stay at one campsite for a limit of 14 days and you may stay on each district for a limit of 21 days before we will ask you to vacate. Please follow ENVUM maps for all designated roads and vehicle limitations.

    We ask you to always remember to pack out what you pack in. Human waste needs to be buried 6 to 8 inches deep. For any other questions about visiting and camping in the forest and in the wilderness please visit LeaveNoTrace.org.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Yosemite “Boondock National” Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Yosemite “Boondock National” Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Yosemite “Boondock National” Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Yosemite “Boondock National” Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Yosemite “Boondock National” Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Yosemite “Boondock National” Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Hardin Flat Road
    Camper-submitted photo from Hardin Flat Road
    Camper-submitted photo from Hardin Flat Road
    Camper-submitted photo from Hardin Flat Road
    Camper-submitted photo from Hardin Flat Road
    Camper-submitted photo from Hardin Flat Road
    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
    692 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 Bridgeport Travertine Hot Springs Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Bridgeport Travertine Hot Springs Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Bridgeport Travertine Hot Springs Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Bridgeport Travertine Hot Springs Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Bridgeport Travertine Hot Springs Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Bridgeport Travertine Hot Springs 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
    Camper-submitted photo from Mono Lake South Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Scenic Loop - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Scenic Loop - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Scenic Loop - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Scenic Loop - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Scenic Loop - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Scenic Loop - Dispersed Camping

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    Scenic Loop - Dispersed Camping

    7 Reviews
    16 Photos
    456 Saves
    Mammoth Lakes, California

    Regulations governing campfires can change with weather conditions and the seasons. To protect yourself and the forest, before each visit, check with the Forest Service office nearest to your destination for current restrictions.

    You can help protect the National Forests from wildfires by knowing and following the rules for the safe use of fire. You must have a California Campfire Permit to use a stove or lantern outside a Developed Recreation Area such as a campground. The permit is your agreement to follow restrictions and regulations in effect.

    Your California Campfire Permit is valid until the end of the calendar year; it may be used in any National Forest in California.

    Go to any Forest Service, CALFIRE, or Bureau of Land Management office during business hours and a receptionist will issue you a permit. You may also go to this website to get a campfire permit online (please note you will need a printer to print it off).

    Campfires - Campfires when permitted, you need to follow five conditions:

    Campfire Permits are required. Clear all flammable material away from the fire for a minimum of five feet in all directions to prevent escape of the fire. Have a shovel available at the campfire site for preparing and extinguishing campfires. Have a responsible person in attendance at all times. Extinguish campfire with water, using the drown, stir and feel method. Take Responsibility... It is your responsibility to know the current conditions and restrictions for the area you intend to visit.

    Details here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/inyo/recreation/ohv/?cid=stelprdb5362150

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    Camper-submitted photo from Mono Basin Dispersed Camp Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Mono Basin Dispersed Camp Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Mono Basin Dispersed Camp Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Mono Basin Dispersed Camp Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Mono Basin Dispersed Camp Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Mono Basin Dispersed Camp Site

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    Mono Basin Dispersed Camp Site

    6 Reviews
    19 Photos
    152 Saves
    Lee Vining, California

    Dispersed camping is allowed on public land in the Mono Basin—the Jeffrey pine forest off of Highway 120 east is a recommended dispersed camping area. If you plan on having a campfire, propane stove, lantern, or any open flame, you must obtain a permit. Camping is allowed on the exposed lakebed surrounding Mono Lake by permit only. Camping on the islands in Mono Lake is allowed by permit only, except during April through August when the islands are closed to all boaters. Dispersed camping is prohibited in developed recreation areas such as South Tufa, Navy Beach, Old Marina, and County Park. Permits are available free-of-charge at the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area Visitor Center

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    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Deadman Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Deadman Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Deadman Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Deadman Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Deadman Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Deadman Creek
    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
    414 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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