Want to experience some of California’s most beautiful wilderness far from the crowds? Tucked away in Inyo National Forest, the sprawling Lower Lee Vining Campground gives you easy access to nearby Inyo trails and the epic Yosemite National Park. Pitch your tent in these secluded sites right next to the peaceful Lee Vining Creek. Spend your days adventuring through hiking trails, and your nights staring at the starry skies. Lower Lee Vining is a haven from the hustle and bustle that comes with Sierra camping.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
60 sites
Up to guests per site
Hike in
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
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 Lower Lee Vining Campground.

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Hipcamper Mitch
Mitch W.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 11th, 2015

Bring a hammock! The campsite is right on the creek, which is narrow enough to possibly even string hammocks up completely across. Nothing more relaxing than that.

A look back at the Sierras from Mono Lake.  Lower Lee Vining site is somewhere in there.
Hipcamper B
B K.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 8th, 2015

Not the most scenic camp spot but super convenient if you are looking to get in late night and out early morning to grab a permit for Inyo backcountry from the Lee Vining visitor center.

Hipcamper Greg
Greg H.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 7th, 2016

Stayed here on a solo photo adventure I was doing of the eastern sierras, Mono Lake and Bodie. Very convenient location to Mono Lake and Bodie. Many sites are right on the creek which is beautiful. I asked the camp host if he had firewood for sale which he did not but gave me a bundle of his personal firewood at no charge.

Site right next to the creek.Campground is in a perfect location for visiting Mono Lake and Bodie ghost town.Lee Vining CreekLoved the sound of the creek right next to my site.
Hipcamper Sadie
Sadie W.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 19th, 2016

This site is truly the dreamiest. We pitched at night when it was too dark to see and woke up the next morning to a beautiful, foggy aspen grove and the sound of a little creek. So much peace just outside of Yosemite and so close to Mono Lake! Mild winters make for amazing off-season camping.

Lower Lee Vining Campground
Hipcamper Gina
Gina D.
recommends this listing.
May 28th, 2018

big sites. tons of trees. rolling creek. nice bathrooms.

Hipcamper Max
Max Y.
recommends this listing.
March 9th, 2017

Astrophotography is spectacular under a clear sky with no moon.

Hipcamper Tyler H.
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May 8th, 2019
Hipcamper Kimberly C.
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September 24th, 2018
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October 8th, 2018
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September 22nd, 2017
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July 15th, 2017
Hipcamper Shawn G.
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April 1st, 2017
Inyo National Forest
United States
Phone Number
(760) 876-6219
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37.928° N, 119.158° W
Tent Only - Hike In: 60 Sites
(Up to people per site)

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