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Inyo National Forest immerses you in a two-million-acre wonderland of rugged peaks, towering pines, and shimmering lakes. It's set in California's Eastern Sierra region and is a fantastic place to hike, camp, fish, and enjoy the natural beauty of the Golden State. The park is made up of nine wilderness areas and boasts some of the tallest peaks in the United States, including Mt. Whitney. As you explore Inyo National Forest, you can discover natural wonders like the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, home to the oldest trees on the planet. Mono Lake will wow you with dramatic calcium-carbonate spires, while Mammoth Lakes Basin is a favorite with hikers, anglers, and mountain bikers.

The park was named after the Native American word inyo, meaning "dwelling place of the great spirit." As you take in the larger-than-life landscape, you'll understand why. Planning a getaway to Inyo National Forest? Book an RV in Inyo County and you'll enjoy the freedom to explore the Mammoth Lakes Region at your leisure. With a home on wheels, you can also venture further afield to quintessential California national parks like Yosemite, Sequoia, Death Valley, and Joshua Tree.

Getting Outdoors

Inyo National Forest is a paradise for outdoor lovers, with boundless opportunities to enjoy the crisp mountain air. Within the forest, the John Muir Wilderness cradles glacier-carved valleys, snow-capped mountains and, cobalt blue lakes. Enjoy the scenic day-use areas or lace up your hiking boots and hit sections of the legendary John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails. Mammoth Mountain is a haven for mountain bikers and boasts some of the best trails in the country. In summer, the lakes and streams of Inyo National Forest attract anglers from across California and beyond.

Photographers flock to Mono Lake, a million-year-old reservoir studded with jagged "tufa towers" formed by the interaction of fresh spring water and alkaline minerals washed down from the Eastern Sierras. The water is more than two times saltier than the ocean and incredibly buoyant, making swimming in the lake a unique experience. Visit at sunrise or sunset to see golden light reflecting off the water and bouncing off the surrounding mountains and desert.

In the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, you can get up close with the oldest trees in the world, some dated at more than 5,000 years old. Things don't slow down in the winter, when Inyo National Forest transforms into a snow-dusted playground. Check out the alpine skiing and snowboarding resorts or explore the groomed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails.

Camping at Inyo National Forest

RV camping at Inyo National Forest offers a unique chance to sleep in the Sierra Nevada wilderness. Choose from more than a dozen RV-friendly campgrounds spread across the park's two-million-acre footprint. The Mammoth Lakes Ranger District occupies the northern half of the forest and is home to some of the most popular campgrounds. Twin Lakes Campground is set in a sun-dappled pine forest and offers 92 sites with picnic tables, fire rings, and bear boxes. If you want to stay within walking distance of the Mammoth Lakes town center, snag a spot at New Shady Rest, a picturesque campground set among Jeffrey pines.

The Mono Lake Ranger District borders Yosemite National Park and offers remote, primitive style campgrounds. With just 20 sites and no hookups, Saddlebag Lake promises an intimate and nature-oriented RV camping experience. Tioga Lake is also popular with motorhome campers in search of an off-the-grid getaway. Both are suitable for smaller RVs. The Big Pine Area of the White Mountain Ranger District offers more campgrounds suitable for small to medium-sized RV rentals. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash.

Exploring the Area

Inyo National Forest borders Yosemite National Park, one of the most iconic wilderness areas in the United States. The sheer scale of the park is mind-boggling, and there are endless opportunities to enjoy the larger-than-life landscape. Hike the challenging Mist Trail to Nevada Falls, marvel at climbers scaling the El Capitan rock wall, and gaze up at awe-inspiring Half Dome. You've also got an excellent chance at spotting local tooth-and-claw wildlife, including bears, bobcats, bighorn sheep, and coyotes.

To the south, Sequoia National Park gets you up close with General Sherman, the largest living specimen on the planet. The ancient giant sequoia tree has a total volume of 52,500 cubic feet and is estimated to be around 2,700 years old. To the east, Death Valley National Park is a wonderland of rolling sand dunes, steep canyons, and towering boulders. Need to stock up on supplies? The laid-back town of Mammoth Lakes offers gas stations, grocery stores, and cafes. For more choice, head to Fresno, a good city to rent a camper near Inyo National Forest and kickstart a California road trip.

RV Rentals in Inyo National Forest, CA

Inyo National Forest, CA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Inyo National Forest. Outdoorsy's Inyo National Forest RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around Inyo National Forest, CA


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Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
Lower Rock Creek Canyon Trail Inyo National Forest, CA
Sky Meadow Loop Inyo National Forest, CA
Hilton Lakes Trail Inyo National Forest, CA
Tamarack Lakes Trail Inyo National Forest, CA
Mono Pass from Mosquito Flat Trailhead Bishop, CA
Little Lakes Valley to Gem Lakes Inyo National Forest, CA
Rock Creek to Long Lake Trail Inyo National Forest, CA
Morgan Lakes Trail Inyo National Forest, CA
Mosquito Flat to Morgan Lakes Inyo National Forest, CA
Pioneer Basin Lakes Trail Sierra National Forest, CA

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
Brown's Millpond Campground Inyo County, CA
Brown's Owens River Campground Mono County, CA
Brown's Town Campground Inyo County, CA
Silver Lake Resort Mono County, CA
Baker Creek Campground Inyo County, CA
Glacier View Campground Inyo County, CA
Lundy Canyon Campground Mono County, CA
Twin Lakes Resort Mono County, CA
Bridgeport Reservoir Marina & Campground Mono County, CA
Sequoia RV Ranch Tulare County, CA

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