Sitting on the banks of the forested Coldwater Creek, this campground is in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. Bears have been seen on the campground, so be sure to use the bear-proof lockers at your site!
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
74 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


There are single tracks and dirt roads here, offering something for bikers of all levels. The easy trails include a 1.2 mile lo...Read more


Sabrina Lake has a boat launch, rentals, marina and tackle shop, and there are no fees! Ideal for summertime fishing. The...Read more


Did we mention there are over 400 lakes and 1,000 miles of rivers and streams? No? Well, you can imagine how great the fishing ...Read more


There are so many trails here! You can explore the breathtaking mountains, see the hundreds of lakes and never run into another...Read more

Horseback riding

There are a good number of horse campgrounds to stay at, as well as pack stations that will give you all of the info you need, ...Read more


Many of the lakes allow non-motorized boating, which means kayakers, canoers, and other small paddling boats are welcome out in...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

There’s an expansive network of routes for off-road vehicles to explore: spanning 2,000 miles, you can drive up into the mounta...Read more


Mountain climbers and boulderers will find enough ground to play on. Mammoth Lakes has some moderate climbs, with great names l...Read more

Snow sports

Thanks to the abundant snowfall, cross country skiers have plenty to explore, especially in the Mammoth Lakes area. Gorp offers...Read more


June Lake has a swimming beach to suit all your swimming needs, and there is a solid number of campgrounds that offer swimming ...Read more

Wildlife watching

The Inyo forest is home to black bears, mountain lions, mule deer, pine marten, pika, coyotes, raccoons, bobcats, martens, foxe...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Coldwater Campground.

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Hipcamper Christopher
Christopher D.
didn't provide a recommendation.
October 25th, 2016

Really enjoyed camping here. Very forested and attractive camping spot. The campground gets very busy so there's not a lot of privacy, and it seems very family friendly. We did see bears in the area so make sure to use the provided bear boxes. The bathrooms were clean and stocked. There's a small creek that runs through the campground which is nice, and there are a lot of hiking trails and recreational opportunities right outside the campground. There's even a trail head to some lakes at the top of the campground. Overall I really enjoyed this campground and would come again.

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Hipcamper Margaret
Margaret C.
recommends this listing.
June 22nd, 2017

Be prepared for bears! Make sure all food and toiletries are put away in the bear locker. Don't wait to clean up after you've eaten! I have definitely had a bear walk through my campsite before and was luckily ready to make some noise (and a dog in the next site over helped!). Beautiful campground close to many lakes, good rock climbing areas and places to rent a boat. Love it and continue to come back every summer in spite of the bears ;)

Hipcamper Jake
Jake F.
recommends this listing.
August 20th, 2017

Another beautiful campground that is often pretty full. I would definitely make reservations ahead of time and if possible, I would reserve either site 49 or 51. If you're going with a small group I recommend getting both. You'll have a lot of space to yourselves and you're very close to the creek.

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Hipcamper Alexis
Alexis B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 18th, 2018

Coldwater is the first campsite we stayed at in Mammoth Lakes; it’s in a great location if you want easy access to trails and want to be further away from the Village. For how many campsites that are available this one can get very quiet at night and if your lucky enough to get a campsite by the creek you will find your evenings and mornings very soothing. If you are trying to get a campsite during a big holiday plan to book in advance (like six months) and if dry camping be prepared to not take a shower. This campsite does not have showers available.

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Hipcamper Alexis B.
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July 17th, 2018
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May 19th, 2018
Hipcamper Eric J.
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May 19th, 2018
Hipcamper Austin B.
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April 29th, 2018
Hipcamper Elaine M.
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May 15th, 2017
Inyo National Forest
United States
Phone Number
(760) 876-6219
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37.599° N, 118.997° W
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Tent / RV / Trailer: 74 Sites
(Up to 6 people per site)

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