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Found a walk up site very late one Wednesday night in June. Some have called this the "Yosemite of Nevada" and I would very much agree. I felt like I was staying next to a green screen. Campground was kept very clean. Fell asleep to the sound of rushing water.
This is an immaculate first come, first serve campground in the heart of Toiyabe thanks to the amazing Camp Host Dennis. The pit toilets are cleaned twice daily, and almost all sites have great privacy from trees and brush! The camp is on the side of the highway, however it sees very little traffic, and most sites are on the lower portion of the loop away from the road.
The camp sits on the beautiful West Walker River that has plenty of room for fishing, or river side lounging. There are plenty of hiking trails near by the camp, I would highly suggest hiking Leavitt Peak, the trailhead is at Sonora Pass.
Protip: Drive out to the Travertine Hot Springs near Bridgeport. The locals in the General Store are friendly and can direct you!
The thing about this camp ground is that it's actually not open and you have to drive over the creek and up the hill to find what I can only imagine is what the mono county campground site describes as a parking lot. That's where you actually pitch a tent. I saw no country store, no resort, and no shell station the way I went. Apparently there are different ways in. All the folks we met were as sweet and polite as punch. Loved it. You just have to make peace with it being unclear and difficult to find, but you will!
This campground was perfect for our group of 4, which easily fit into one campsite. It's a very open campground, not very many trees to hide you from your neighbors. The ground is mostly covered in bushes but there is a nice stream with decent fishing within walking distance, not to mention amazing hot springs a few miles away. We came in early September and the weather was perfect. The town of Bridgeport is a ten minute drive away. It has a few small markets and restaurants. Bodie is about 30 minutes away but totally worth the drive.
Hey, bird watchers! This national park is home largest nesting bird species list in any upland vegetation type in the west.
There are some CRAZY backcountry skiing opportunities in places like the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area.
Visit the crystal mine near Lookout campground and mine some crystals that you can take home!