Inyo National Forest Extends Closure of Developed Recreation Sites Thru June 30

Most developed recreation sites will remain closed through June 30.

The Inyo National Forest announced today that most developed recreation sites will remain closed through June 30. The closure can be rescinded as needed.

The order does not close trails, trailheads, and general forest areas, which remain open for public use.

The forest closure includes visitor centers, campgrounds, picnic areas, and day use areas and their facilities (restrooms, water and trash services). While trailheads remain open, restrooms, water, and trash services will not be available.

South Tufa (Mono Lake), Convict Lake, Hot Creek, and June Beach Day Use areas are closed. 

The value of nature to promote mental and physical health comes at a time when access is vital to the American public. We are working diligently to reopen developed recreation areas for full access and ask that visitors be patient during this transition period. Be prepared for other options if your developed recreation area is closed, and whenever possible, recreate locally.

If you do plan on visiting the Inyo National Forest, please be aware that:No trash removal is currently offered – please pack out all trash and waste

  • All toilet facilities are currently closed – please plan accordingly
  • Avoid high-risk activities – law enforcement and search and rescue operations may be limited
  • If an area is crowded, please search for a less occupied location

The safety of our employees and the public will continue to be our number one priority as we closely monitor the situation and implement changes accordingly.



13 Responses to Inyo National Forest Extends Closure of Developed Recreation Sites Thru June 30

  1. Marie May 15, 2020 at 4:18 pm #

    So you can fish at Convict Lake on June 1 but you can’t park or sit in the day use area and you can’t use a bathroom?

  2. David Dennison May 15, 2020 at 5:17 pm #

    …and where are all these tourists going to camp and stay ?
    I know…
    They’ll use dispersed areas,leaving trash,waste and poop for others to clean up and pick up,even more than usual.
    They’ll still park and camp in the closed areas if there’s not strict enforcement not to.
    They’ll park and camp on private property,but hoping the property owners take care of that problem themselves.
    If there’s no place to camp and stay for a possible 20,000 plus tourists from SoCal coming for Trout opener,just postpone the Trout opener for another month.
    Either that or open the campgrounds.
    Most of them can’t handle a campsite without hook-ups and services anyway.

  3. Matthew Waite May 15, 2020 at 7:03 pm #

    Hoping this doesn’t apply to private parks such as Browns Town etc.

  4. indygal May 15, 2020 at 9:35 pm #

    I am beyond enraged! The reason I live here is to camp and go to the back country. I respect my local authorities and understand that we are in a crisis and will abide by the rules, but when I do my “allowed” day hike, and there are people camping in closed campgrounds and backpackers have their multi tent campsite along a high country lake, wilderness permit be damned, and there is NO ENFORCEMENT, it really, I mean REALLY angers me! There are folks parked in sensitive riparian areas, pack station loading areas. You cannot make these rules and not enforce them! It is not fair to the locals who are sacrificing so much. They are coming anyway! They are staying in the campgrounds anyway! Let the people who obey laws have their socially distancing camping experience or enforce the freaking ordinances, instead of giving law breakers a free pass!

  5. David Dennison May 16, 2020 at 6:23 am #

    100 % agree with you on that.
    Without enforcement,they know they can avoid the rules WE living up here are following.
    And if you check other blog sites,they don’t care.many of them saying “We’re coming anyway,and going to do as we please,including camping and fishing,whether the season is opened or not ….It’s our Constitutional right !”.
    They’re saying,if restaurants, motels or condos are closed,no problem…they’ll flash more money at the owners and managers and “they’ll open for us “.
    If you think it’s bad now,wait until June 1st and see what it’s like….gonna be a LOT worse and from then on throughout the summer.
    No enforcement means no closures and no rules.not to mention the COVID-19 dangers and issues they bring along with them.For the most part,Inyo and Mono residents are following the rules and requests that’s been issued and in place.
    Enforce the damn rules if your going to make them.

  6. Backpacking John May 16, 2020 at 8:21 am #

    It absolutely makes no sense to open trails and 6/1 trout season and not provide basic services ie restrooms, water, campgrounds, trash, enforcement. What are they thinking? Shame on the forest service for poor implementation and planning. That is embarrassing…….

  7. RobS May 16, 2020 at 10:55 am #

    Campgrounds are open – IMHO, National Forrest Service has it right, opened the individual sites June 1 but the group ones are still closed.

  8. Tinner May 16, 2020 at 6:06 pm #

    Not a good idea INF, people are still going to travel here to vacation, they’re just going to camp in other areas with no restrooms, no bear proof containers, no garbage cans, no fire pits and no maintained grounds to minimize the chances of a campfire or cooking stove from getting out of control. It’s happening right now and has been for weeks.
    We’ll be very lucky if we don’t have a fire in the next couple of weeks.

  9. Sean May 17, 2020 at 1:09 pm #

    So lame – stop this fear hysteria, we need to open up N all us be responsible, if you’re fearful stay home, if you have a med condition stay home or wear a mask, if you dont wear a mask thats fine too, the point hear is lets all of us use our own judgement to move forward.

  10. Charles O. Jones May 17, 2020 at 1:58 pm #

    I hope INF is working towards getting the word out down south. With fishing supposedly opening June 1, this creates conflicting messages to potential visitors. Haven’t seen anything yet in the SoCal press outlining these extended closures. A little extra effort communicating now could help minimize the problems later.

  11. Matt Farnsworth May 19, 2020 at 9:18 pm #

    Sounds like the forest service is making an effort to open some of the smaller campgrounds starting 6/1. No reason for these to remain closed if everyone is capable of being responsible. Pack in pack out. Leave these areas better then you found them so we all can continue enjoying the land. Don’t be that guy that is responsible for these areas being shut back down.

  12. blob May 20, 2020 at 9:08 am #

    I’m 100% behind you Matt, Don’t carry anything that won’t bio-degrade or you want to pack out. Oh, one more thought, carry a shovel so no one has to look at your sh*t or tp, bury it.

  13. JKB May 22, 2020 at 9:30 pm #

    The Sierra is home for all Californians Dennison and Indygal, and the majority do abide by the rules.


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