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Old 10-09-2016, 10:24 AM   #1
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Good Places To Airstream In The Owens Valley, CA

We're headed over to the Owens Valley in California this Wednesday in our 25 ft 2004 Safari and although I've been researching places to stay I thought I'd ask here and see if Forum members had any useful information or opinions that would help us out regarding places to stay (as they usually do!). We're considering the camping range from dry to full hookups. Hot springs are of special interest.
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Old 10-11-2016, 10:46 AM   #2
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Browns Campground in Bishop has hook ups and is shaded. It's just south of town with friendly staff. Pleasant Valley Resevoir is north of town and offers Owens River access and generally clean vault toilets. There's also a myriad of USFS campgrounds that range from high desert chaparral to high altitude with Aspens.
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Old 10-12-2016, 10:19 AM   #3
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Thank you! We'll check those places out and then come back here and report on what we found out.
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Subscribing to this thread as I'm also interested to hear of suggestions. Have been going to Mammoth for years, but have not taken the Airstream into the Owens Valley. Also, have seen ads for Boulder Creek RV Resort in Lone Pine - curious if anyone has any opinions on that.
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Old 10-12-2016, 07:28 PM   #5
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McGee Creek road is off 395, south of Mammoth and north of Tom's place. The McGee Creek campground is a beautiful location, albeit with no hookups. After hauling the AS up a rather steep grade to the campground and setting up your camp, you can drive up an even steeper grade to the McGee Creek trailhead, and hike up the trail as far as you like. This campground is particularly popular in the Spring for the Spring flowers. We just happened to be there at the absolute max of the spring bloom this year, but some people plan their vacations around it, and are disappointed if they miss the max bloom by a week one way or the other. Normal people really don't care, the blooms are great (if not spectacular) for quite a few weeks before and after the max.
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We stayed at Boulder Creek RV Resort in Lone Pine last July. Mainly for the 30 amp for the AC. The views of the dry lake from the ends of the rows are pretty nice.
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Old 10-12-2016, 10:07 PM   #7
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Places to Stay

I live in the Owens Valley near Bishop (Swall Meadows). If you like hot springs, you might want to stay in the RV Park in Mammoth Lakes (on the left as you come into town). It would be near some hot springs in the Mammoth area. The visitor center could give you directions. Also Highland RV park in Bishop has full hook ups. There are many US Forest Service campgrounds but unfortunately the are closing down now for the winter.

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Old 10-13-2016, 12:23 PM   #8
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June lake

June lake campground. Oh Ridge is national Forest so very cheap if you have a National Pass. No need for reservation. Next door is a private campground with hook ups. Showers and flush toilets

You are close to Yosemite, Mammoth and many other interesting side trips
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Convict Lake has a nice campground too.
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Old 10-13-2016, 04:08 PM   #10
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Owens Valley Camping

If you like hot springs, there is a quaint, old small CG a few miles south of Bishop
called Keough Hot Springs which has a large mineral spring pool with a snack bar, small store and a few campsites with water and electric, camping on grass and large old trees.
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Subscribing. If we could make it over the summit, how is this area for winter camping?
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The Owens Valley itself and Hwy 395 are generally open year-round, unless closed by a snow storm for a day or so here and there. It does freeze at night, but temperatures can be pleasant and sunny during the day. Some of the passes over the Sierras are closed during the winter. If it gets too cold, you could always drive to Death Valley, although you'll probably have a lot of company down there during the winter.


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Old 10-13-2016, 05:32 PM   #13
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I will second McGee Creek campground. Been awhile since I have been there tent camping - but very nice if you don't mind going off the beaten path.
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Make sure you do the speed limit. Bishop and Lone pine are speed traps, or were 30 yrs ago. I got a ticket for not wearing a seat belt on the first day it became law. They don't fool around. The police have dollar signs for eyes. It's a beautiful drive along 395.
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