11 Parks near Lone Pine, California
May 2015 - $1.00
Dry/dispersed camping at it's best! The views are excellent! Pick out a spot that has been previously camped at, and enjoy. The site of many old cowboy western films, plus one of my favorites......."Tremors"! To get to Alabama Hills,Take Whitney Portal Road at traffic light in Lone Pine, drive 2.5 miles to Movie Road, turn right, and when you get off of the pavement, start looking for a camping spot. We drove about 1.5 miles on Movie road, turned left at the "Y" for our camping spot. Movie road and some of side roads are dusty and bumpy, so use caution. - JJ & CC
Apr 2015 - $1.00
This is actually free camping but the website requires and amount. The overall setting of Alabama Hills is overwhelming. Amazing rock formations with Mt Whitney towering in the background. Very dark at night and very quiet. Sites can be close together or very widely spaced. We selected a long pull thru that was surrounded by huge rocks. Anyone driving by wouldn't have been able to detect our 45 foot motorhome. The large sites are few and far between so it's a game of chance for bigger rigs. Leveling appears to be an issue at all sites. We did quite a lot of jockeying and settled on sort of level. The weather was perfect in April but we were told it does get hot in the summer. The 9 rating is due to lack of any facilities, cell coverage and lots of dirt. Be prepared for sweeping if that bothers you! We would most definitely return. - Free
Apr 2013 - $1.00
We almost missed this jewel because the map here is wrong. Turn off of 395 due west onto Whitney Portal Road and head up the hill, into the Alabama Hills Recreational area. You will start to see the Alabama Hills, wondrous piles of rock, on either side. You will see a paved road off to your right in between the rocks called "Movie Flats". There's a big white stone there with a plaque containing information about the history of Alabama Hills. Turn right there and you can park anywhere 1.5 miles from where you first turned in throughout the park. It's all boondocking, no cell service and no Wi-Fi - but it is not to be missed and it's free. It is a magical, beautiful place, camping in among the rocks with the breathtaking view of the Sierra Nevada and Mt. Whitney. Big rigs or tent camping. Totally peaceful. Fantastic hiking or discovering by auto. The night/star photography was amazing. Would stay here forever if I could! - mollym1978
Oct 2016 - $40.00
A nice place to stay when visiting the area. They have Cable, but we found the connection "iffy". Picture was snowy on all channels. We were in newer part of park so shade was minimal. We've stayed here before. - RovingRaders
Sep 2016 - $39.00
Stayed 2 nights. Great location, just a few miles south of Lone Pine. Park was busy, almost full every night, and well kept. Spaces are very close to each other.
Check in was smooth. Good value for price. Staff friendly. Nice showers, but a bit of a challenge to get to if you're disabled. Have to go to the front of the park, right outside the business entrance, then walk down a narrow walkway that is elevated from the road. There is a very wide and heavy iron or steel screen door that must be opened to get into the shower/bathroom area. I found it a bit difficult while trying to steer my walker.
Would stay again for sure. - EileenC
Sep 2016 - $38.00
We have been here a few times and like it. It is clean and they have good staff. They do a lot for you and have free coffee and muffins each morning. - AZSwede
Sep 2014 - $19.00
CAUTION! The Reservations.gov site lists some sites can accommodate a 40' RV. There is even a Pull-Thru that we reserved that was long enough but had a 2' decline in 40'. The issue with this campground is the road and the rocks they placed next to it. It is extremely tight and you will be lucky to get through without damage. Don't tow anything and don't get here at night. Forest Service CC, clean and great for tents or small RV <30'. Stream to fish and miles of mountain trails. Next to Mt. Whitney in the Sierras. - Boxcar48
Jun 2013 - $20.00
This is a basic, Forest Service campground. Each site has a relatively flat, paved parking pad, a well kept picnic table, a bear box for food storage, a fire pit, and a BBQ. There is relatively little shade. (This wasn't a problem in early June, but it could be in July or August.) The sites were very spacious and well set up. Dogs are welcome, but be aware that there are rattlesnakes in the area. There are a number of bear proof garbage containers in the campground, and a recycling center for glass, plastic, and cans near the entrance. The best part of this campground is the excellent view of Mt. Whitney and the High Sierras. There is also a trail leading from the campground to Whitney Portal. We were absolutely enchanted by this little gem. We hope to be able to stay here again. - roadie gal
May 2016 - $14.00
Small CG straddling small stream from aqueduct under scattered tree canopy .8 mile easy walk to town. Vault toilet, threaded potable water point at toilet, some fire rings & picnic tables. Just outside Alabama Hills, great view of Mt Whitney & Sierra Nevada. On Tuttle Creek Road just off Whitney Portal Road. Camping stay is limited to 15-days at any one campground in any six-week period. A 30 day camping permit is available to people 55 years of age and older, or the disabled from Inyo County Parks and Recreation. Pets welcome on leash. - readontheroad
May 2016 - $35.00
Located on the north end of Lone Pine, with a spectacular view of Mt Whitney and the Sierra Nevada mountains over the city park across the street. Next to summer ice cream/hamburger stand, easy walking distance to town. Helpful owners live on site. Well kept mobile homes beside the 10 RV sites, sites are narrow, especially if your slides interfere, but nice concrete pads with picnic tables & lights, well kept. Good WiFi and cell service,(AT&T and Verizon) no shower house or off air TV. - readontheroad
Jul 2013 - $35.00
Didn`t notice many amenities. Lots of permanent live ins. Only a few sites available. We have a small rig so parking was not a problem. Easy to find off the hwy. A little over priced for what was offered. WI-FI worked well. Not recommended for more than 1 night. Staff was remote but friendly. - zzzya
Oct 2009 - $31.00
This is a old residential park with only ten back-in spots. It needs work and a good cleaning. We stayed here for two nights and would not stay here again. - Badge
Sep 2016 - $5.00
Tuttle Creek Campground is a beautiful, rustic campground set in the Alabama Hills at the foot of the Whitney Mountain Range of the Sierras. It is a bare-bones facility - no hookups of any kind - but the 360` views make it worth being disconnected for awhile. I think most if not all sites have picnic tables and fire pits, and all of them are extremely spacious.
I just changed some of the basic information about the park: I added that this park DOES have big rig access. We're currently camped here in a 43' motorhome with a tow car and dolly and we have plenty of room in our space. As we toured all the loops of the campground yesterday, we counted at least 6 other sites we could have comfortably fit into. However, leveling can be an issue... there are probably a dozen sites or more that are long enough for bigger rigs but not level enough to stay in comfortably, but finding one that meets all your needs is just a matter of driving around a bit.
According to the ranger who came through here yesterday, the campground is rarely full - even in peak season. But there are a lot of day / tent campers here and they often take up the biggest sites with the smallest equipment, so even at only 50% capacity there may not be any big sites left.
Once you're here you'll marvel at the views. The sunrises and sunsets can be spectacular, and a short drive down Whitney Portal Road takes you to Movie Flat Road from which you can access some of the most beautiful topography on earth... and TONS of boondocking options as well, though very few for larger rigs.
Tuttle Creek Campground is clean, quiet, extremely inexpensive and pretty easy to access. There is a paved one-lane road into the park and they have very tall, angled speed bumps, but go slow and everything will be just fine. - Wryly Blithe
Jun 2016 - $3.00
Tuttle Creek Campground is a very scenic campground for dry camping located in the high desert East of the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the base of Mount Whitney, and about 4 miles West of the small town of Lone Pine.
The campground's highlight view is looking towards the West at the tall snow capped Sierra Nevada Mountains. Looking south is a view of the Owens Valley and Owens Lake, and to the east is the Inyo Mountains, often prettily sunlight in the evening as the sun says goodbye for the day. The campsites are amongst sagebrush and sandy dry earth. Lizards are abundant, and an occasional Jack Rabbit or squirrel may be sighted. The water flowing in Tuttle Creek can be clearly heard at night whenever the wind is mild. When the winds were strong, and weather hot, sitting in the shade with the wind blowing was a pleasant way to spend some time. The local area is where many historical western movies were filmed to utilize the dramatic scenery as background. Towards Lone Pine and north of the campground is the film location known as Alabama Hills. You drive through the visually impressive hills on the way to the campground. There is a nice film museum in Lone Pine focused on the western films.
$5 per day, dry camping: no electric or water at the sites. There is potable water available at water spigots within campground. There is a dump station, $5 fee. Also, there are basic pit toilet bathrooms. We found our RV levelling blocks useful, as the site had a bit of slope.
To get to Tuttle Creek Campground when heading North on US Route 395 we turned left onto Whitney Portal Road, and then followed the signs to the campground. The campground roads were sufficiently smooth when speed was slow.
Happy Travels ... hope the information is helpful. - W Review
May 2016 - $3.00
Price reflects Senior Pass. All the previous comments are true about this campground. The views blew us away...plus the wind. Campground sits out in the open, so for two days we had lots of wind day and night. Word of caution about driving into park. They have 5 major speed bumps, wide and high. A couple were on an angle so we had to go really slow over each one and shook up the rig with the side to side action. Also we took the Lubken Canyon Rd off Hwy 395 to get to park.... DON'T take this road if you have more than a small vehicle pulling a small trailer. It also narrows down to a one way road (just wide enough for our motorhome) going through a ranch. - kemosabe
May 2016 - $14.00
Diaz Lake was a stopover on our way south via US 395. This is a county park operated by Inyo County. No hook-ups. Popular lake. Lots of sites. Some sites in trees. We drove around the lake and had a spot overlooking the lake. Some wind came up. Was a good stopover spot. Probably busy on weekends. We were going to camp at a USFS site out of Lone Pine, but road construction sent us to Diaz Lake. - Al Z
Feb 2016 - $14.00
What a find! OK, if you only stay at 10 10 fancy resorts, this is not for you as it is totally dry camp owned by Inyo County. But if you want an easy access for all size RVs in a gorgeous setting, it is wonderful. Camping is on the opposite side from the road, so the lake is on one side and the snow covered Sierras on the other, including Mt. Whitney. Most sites have picnic tables and you pay at a self service kiosk when you enter (cash or credit). Another county park near Lone Pine is Portage Joe which could handle a few large rigs. NFS Lone Pine is at a higher altitude (probably great in the summer but much colder in February) and not recommended for mid - large RVs. Tuttle Creek (BLM) is closed in winter. - BandD
Feb 2015 - $10.00
This is a county operated park that is slowly getting better. All sites are dry and you take any site that is open. It's quiet here in February and the price is very reasonable for a waterfront site. This place is probably a zoo during the summer though! - SKP
Oct 2013 - $15.00
We camped one night at this County Park. It is located on Market Street one mile west of town. Campground is on a lightly travelled highway and the sites are back-in and can accommodate up to 25' rigs. A stream runs through the park and a small bridge leads to the back half of the park where freestyle camping is available. Restroom consisted of a two seat vault toilet. Each site was tree lined and unpaved and overall this is a very small and quiet park. No host and an iron ranger is available. Sites are on the short side and I would not recommend any rigs larger than 25' even try to enter. Road is rough getting in and there is no turn around. We would camp here again. - Greggo
Jul 2012 - $16.00
This is a forest service campground with few facilities. About half the sites have a great view of the Owens valley in direction of Lone Pine, half are closer to the creek and have shade. The Gray's Meadow (lower) campground is tiny but can accommodate trailers and has a few sites with shade and view. Verizon cell reception in both campgrounds is possible. I got 3G but no bars with just my phone making things very slow, with external antenna it's quite OK. - TvE
Jul 2007 - $16.00
This is a Forest Service campground with shaded sites near the creek and upper sites with a spectacular view of the Owens Valley. Most sites are small, but there are a few big enough for a 30 -- 40 ft. motor home - noyes10
Sep 2013 - $10.00
This is a small little maintained campground about 2 miles north of Independence. The electrical grid within the campground is in need of repair and has been turned off. A tribe member mentioned that they will need to raise funds in order to repair the electrical grid but does not know when that will happen. Almost all of the sites have water and 8 sites have sewer. The location of the water spigot and sewer are different at each location. There is a dump station to the right of the casino and is free if you stay in the campground. Otherwise it will cost $10. The outer loop road has recently been re-paved. The interior road is asphalt. Some sites are on packed gravel, others on loose dirt while others have a combination of both. All of the sites are not leveled, some more then others. The sites are not clearly marked. There is a camp host but we only saw her once during our 3 days there. The bathroom was not well maintained while we were there. There are 3 showers per gender. The campground does not have Wi-Fi but our Verizon air card and cell phone worked will here. There was very little noise from US-395. Within the travel plaza, there is a stand alone grille located to the left of the store. Ask the clerk for a menu. Within 24 mile radius you can visit Big Pine, Independence, Manazar, and Lone Pine. This campground is in a great location, too bad that it is not well maintained. Also note that the cost of fuel is the lowest we found traveling on US-395. Since there is no electricity, all sites now cost $10. Given the price and location, we would come back here again. - adsaxs