Fabulous views of the rounded monolithic boulders fronting the Eastern Sierra. This is a large dispersed camping area with no facilities. Just the beauty and silence of the nature. The area was used, and still occasionally is, for the movie industry. You can even see the occasional jet fighter training here. Go see the Movie Museum in Lone Pine it’s worth it. The Reward Mine is near here and don’t forget to spend some time at Manzanar Japanese Internment Camp. We stayed here in May
If you want to get away from it all, this is the place for you. Down another 25+ mile dirt road, at the foot of the dunes, there are a few large parking areas to set up camp and a pit toilet. You must bring everything else with you. I wouldn’t recommend anything larger than a teardrop trailer for camping. Most of the people had roof top tents or set up tents on the ground. It can get very cold here at night so be prepared, we visited in April and the night time temps dropped into the 20’s. There are other campgrounds in Death Valley that can accommodate large RV’s and trailers. There is little or no cellular service in the park and drones are not allowed. Stars were fabulous here.
Close to Bend, but far enough to feel you are really getting away. We came in mid May, risking temperamental spring weather. Yep, it rained all but a few hours. Stopped just long enough to wet our kayaks and get in a few hours of paddling before sunset. There were a lot of mosquitos because of the wet and the temps were chilly. We’ve also been here in the summer, which made us want to come back. The campgrounds are full in the summer season. There is a minimum stay time of two nights. There is fresh water available as well as pit toilets and wash up water dump wells, not to be mistaken as a sanitary dump. There is a boat ramp, with rental boats and a store if you need it. I think we will try it in the fall to avoid crowds and mosquitos next time.
Up in the mountains, between the Death Valley and Lone Pine. We spent five days here in June and loved it. The campgrounds consist of two loops, one being much smaller than the other. Moderately treed with scrub brush. Many sites can hold multiple vehicles and or tents, there are picnic tables , fire rings (bring your own wood, locally sourced please), and pit toilets. No water available so bring your own. Gorgeous night skies for star watching. Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is close by or take a drive down to the old mining area, but I would suggest a four wheel drive, mountain bike or good hiking shoes drive for this. Wild flowers abound on the drive up here when we came in June of this year. Definitely the place to be if you want little traffic and plenty of space between sites.