Standard (Tent/RV)
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
About Old Shady Rest Campground

Old Shady Rest Campground is a large facility convenient to numerous outdoor activities and attractions in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, and within walking distance of the full-service community of Mammoth Lakes. The campground is popular for hiking, mountain biking, sightseeing and hitting the town for shopping and dining. The facility best accommodates tents and small to medium-sized RVs.


The Mammoth Lakes area has much to keep campers busy. The majestic scenery and challenging trails are an obvious draw for hikers, mountain bikers and off-road vehicle enthusiasts. Skiing is a major winter pastime in this area.

The eastern Sierras are known for their exceptional trout fishing, and several creeks and lakes are within a short drive from the campground.

Families enjoy learning more at the visitor center down the street, or taking a paved walking and biking trail to two nearby campgrounds, a town park with a playing field and skate park, or Mammoth Lakes.


The campground is organized into one large loop, adjacent to New Shady Rest and Pine Glen Campgrounds and a short walk to Mammoth Lakes. Several amenities are provided, including restrooms with flush toilets, campfire rings and picnic tables, and many more are within a few miles. Showers are not located in the campground but are nearby.

Bear-proof lockers are available for food storage, and firewood can be purchased on-site.

Natural Features

The campsites are located under the shady canopy of a mature Jeffery pine forest at an elevation of 7,800 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

For campers interested in local events, the Mammoth Jazz Jubilee is hosted in Mammoth in mid-July. Several other events and amenities are available in town.

Many great day trips for sightseers are available in the area, such as Yosemite National Park, Mono Basin and Devils Postpile National Monument.

ADA Access: N

$22.12 - $24.12
National Forest
Drive In
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
No Showers
Trash Available
No WiFi
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RVs and Trailers
Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
Max Length: 60 ft.
Old Shady Rest Campground is located in California
37.65 N
-118.9617 W
Get Directions
Old Shady Rest is near Mammoth Lakes, California, 300 miles north of Los Angeles and 165 miles south of Reno, Nevada. Take U.S. Highway 395 to State Route 203. Proceed west on 203 for 2.8 miles to Old Sawmill Road. Take a right, go 0.5 mile. The campground entrance is on the left.
4 Reviews of Old Shady Rest Campground
Go for the outer sites!

I had a site that was one the outer edge- only open space and a trail behind me and it was wonderful. There was lots of space between the sites and a very quiet campground for being so close to town. I do imagine it would be different if you were in one of the sites closer to the populated area.

conveient place to stay

super close and accessable to Mammoth (5min walk to the main road, 30min walk/5 min drive to the brewery). clean bathrooms, lots of water spouts close by. shady trees to camp under and put up hammocks and slack lines. you can hear street traffic at night. the sites in the mid 20s to upper 30s are right along a fence next to a residental area, that was a little wierd. overall decent place to stay. lots of cell service.

Place to Crash

Near a park, easy access to off road trails, close to town but far enough out to have some peace and quiet.

First to Review
nice escape from the motel routine

close enough to town to keep up with regular activities; sits on the off-road network of mammoth's wood sections. can't beat the shade, no creeks or lakes but a nice place to take in the climate. skatepark, park, baseball fields near by