Partial Re-Opening of the Inyo National Forest
As of October 3, the Inyo National Forest is partially re-open for recreation. Some areas remain closed based on proximity to active fires.
While Mammoth Lakes is not directly impacted by fires, smoke and the potential for fire danger are affecting travel to the area. Always check air quality readings and Mammoth Mountain’s webcams before you go outside as conditions can vary from one hour to the next.
Inyo National Forest Partial Re-Opening
So what does the partial reopening of the Inyo National Forest mean for your favorite outdoor activities?
Here’s a breakdown of what is re-opening:
- Most trails that are considered front country (See the closure map for more details.)
- Water activities (fishing, boating, kayaking, etc.) in drive-accessible and front country lakes
- Use of developed day-use areas, including picnic areas, town parks and beaches
- Camping in some designated campgrounds (In Mammoth Lakes, New Shady Rest and Twin Lakes campgrounds will open.)
- Use of off-highway vehicles on forest service roads
- Access to Devils Postpile and Reds Meadow
- All wilderness areas for day-use and overnight access (See the closure map for more details.)
- Use of any ignition source (campfires, fire pits, stoves, etc.)
- Camping at some developed campsites and all backcountry camping
Ideas for Visiting During the Partial Forest Re-Opening
If you are planning to be in the area, here are some ideas for things to do on your trip:
- Scenic fall color drives (Virginia Lakes Sagehen Summit, Bodie Hills and Conway Summit, just north of Mammoth Lakes, or Rock Creek Canyon and Convict Lake, just south of Mammoth Lakes, are great options for seeing fall colors right now.)
- Fishing at front country or drive-accessible lakes
- Walking or biking on the Town Loop (Check out fall colors by the Snowcreek ponds.)
- Day trips to Yosemite National Park (reservations required until November 1) or Bodie State Historic Park
- Fall specials at local restaurants
- Indoor activities, including bowling, movies and ax throwing (new this season!)