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If you’re bent on visiting some of California’s best national parks, camping at Glacier View Campground is your best bet. The RV park near Big Pine, California is conveniently located between Kings Canyon National Park and Death Valley National Park. It’s also less than two hours' drive from Yosemite National Park.
With so much wilderness and natural beauty nearby, you likely won’t be spending much time at the campground. As such, this no-frills campground offers only basic amenities and services. The campground features showers and partial hookup campsites. There are also a few big rig-friendly campsites. However, there is no dump station on-site.
Thanks to the campground’s distance from major roadways, you'll have easy access to the surrounding area. There are also large trees and shaded sites at this comfortable campground. With these camper-friendly features and proximity to some of California’s most popular destinations, RV camping at Glacier View Campground is a no brainer.
When you search for an RV in Inyo County, you’ll be smack in the center of the Mojave Desert. You’ll also be mere minutes from Death Valley National Park, the lowest and hottest place in the United States. Death Valley lies 282 feet below sea level, and temperatures regularly soar into the mid 100s. Though the intense temperatures may make it a little uncomfortable, if you’re willing to withstand the heat, Death Valley National Park is truly a stunning place with much to offer. Featuring everything from sand dunes to deep canyons and salt flats to desert peaks, Death Valley is a hiker’s paradise. Though there aren’t many designated trails, you don’t really need them. Just be mindful of the heat and be sure to bring enough water. If you choose to explore the park from the comfort of your air-conditioned vehicle, most of the park’s hot spots can be seen from the road.
If you’re interested in a hike with more favorable temperatures, you might consider summiting Mount Whitney, the tallest peak in the contiguous United States. Rising 14,505 feet into the air, Mount Whitney is part of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and located within Sequoia National Park. To minimize the impact on the area, permits are required for those entering the Mount Whitney Zone. Climbing in the spring and early summer requires ice axes and crampons, but technical climbing equipment usually isn’t needed between mid-July to early October.
If you prefer something a little closer to civilization, Bishop City Park in Bishop, California might be just the spot for you. It is located near downtown Main Street and covers 44 acres. Take an afternoon stroll along the walking trails or sit in the shade of many trees. Catch reprieve from the desert heat in the communal swimming pool or challenge your friends to a game of tennis. Toward the back of the park, you’ll find a medium-sized pond where you can marvel at the beautiful fish, birds, and ducks. The park also boasts two playgrounds, multiple soccer fields, an outdoor gym, a communal garden, a skate park, and an off-leash dog park. All this surrounded by stunning mountainous views, it’s no wonder Bishop City Park is a must-visit when you book an RV rental near Glacier View Campground.
Rent a camper near Glacier View Campground, and before you set off exploring, you should familiarize yourself with the local area. At the Eastern Sierra Visitor Center, you can do just that. From the visitor’s center, you’ll see Mount Whitney and learn about Badwater Basin in Death Valley, the lowest point in North America. The visitor’s center also houses several interpretive displays, a native plant garden, and a bookstore with a large selection of books and local maps. You can also purchase park passes from the visitor’s center.
Bishop is the closest large city to Glacier View Campground and attracts many visitors because of its world-class rock climbing, hiking trails, and opportunities for outdoor adventure. Its lovely downtown area also draws people from near and far. Downtown Bishop is easily walkable and features multiple independent shops, including a climbing gym, a brewery, a distillery, numerous bars, cafes, and restaurants, and so much more. Furthermore, Bishop has been established as a mural destination, meaning that multiple professional and historically accurate murals are painted around town. Walk or bike around and see what you learn about Bishop through its murals.
While in Bishop, you can also check out the Laws Railroad Museum. The museum brings together an array of exhibits, artifacts, and historic buildings that help tell the story of the pioneer past in the Eastern Sierras and the Owens Valley. Check out historic buildings relocated from Owens Valley, and learn about the tools used by blacksmiths, gold miners, dentists, physicians, and other professionals during the pioneer days. You can also walk through a restored 1900's ranch house featuring period furnishings. Special activities are regularly scheduled at the Laws Railroad Museum, including handcar rides and rides on the Death Valley Railroad Brill Car, so be sure to check out this fascinating place when you camp in an RV near Big Pine.