6 Parks near Olancha, California
May 2009 - $31.00
Voltage too high and EMS would not stay on. Really nasty place. We were wore out from fighting wind from Barstow to there. They had a hard time finding a spot for us. Management was nice enough, but didn't seem concerned about electric power problem. - McGoo
Jul 2016 - $48.00
We Stayed here 3 years ago and nothing much has changed including the cloudy pool that we decided not to use. The price of coarse went up some. They also charge for extra people and when I made reservations told them 4 adults coming but one of them canceled and I mentioned that when I checked in they penciled it in but I just realized they still charged me for 4. They still have free muffins juice and coffee in the morning at the clubhouse. This is a good spot for an over night. We stayed in the back so road noise not a problem. The little western theme park is decorated nice with pretty views of surrounding areas. We spent more time around Lone Pine this trip. Must see is nearby Movie Museum even if your not a movie buff this museum is done up really nice. Then go see Alabama Hills Rec area to see where 100's of movies and TV shows were shot. Movie road turnoff is not marked and dirt. But you don't have to go far to get an idea of its surrounding beauty. Also a good starting point if you arrive from the south of town is a beautiful Visitor Center with ample parking at the junction 395 and 136 to Death Valley. Here I also learned that what I always thought the tallest looking mountain was not Mt. Whitney was actually barely visible from the road or much further back making it appear smaller. The whole area of Owens Valley geology is fascinating this center tells all about it with lots of good books to choose from. - DennisO
Jul 2016 - $35.00
Nice long pull through sites with no need to unhook toad. Sites are level so minimal leveling is needed. The pool and jacuzzi are clean and nice and very refreshing in summer months. Cable TV minimal but we had a site with good rooftop reception for satellite TV. WiFi was out but we have our own so no problem. We have stayed here before and park is well maintained. Nicest in area. - signaloil
Jul 2016 - $35.00
One-night on way to Yosemite Lakes Thousand Trails. Great office staff, easy check-in. Site was a pull-through and could leave toad hoped up. Campground lost power in the afternoon but was back on within ten minutes. Great view of Mt. Whitney from the campground. Will stay here again if in the area. - mdmnkcm
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
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 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
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