Pleasant Valley Pit Campground

Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California

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  • Viewpoint over Pleasant Valley Pit Campground with Basin Mountain (13,240'), Mt. Tom (13,652') and Wheeler Crest (13,020') running left to right.- Pleasant Valley Pit Campground
  • The Pit entrance.- Pleasant Valley Pit Campground
  • Vault toilets at Pleasant Valley Pit Campground.- Pleasant Valley Pit Campground
  • Information and fee kiosk.- Pleasant Valley Pit Campground
  • Typical campsite at Pleasant Valley Pit Campground.- Pleasant Valley Pit Campground
  • Typical campsite at Pleasant Valley Pit Campground.- Pleasant Valley Pit Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
60 day limit. Climber campground. Cheap camping. Near to Owens River. Near to Happy Boulders Climbing Area.
Cons: 
No water.
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Region:
Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, CA
Managed by: 
Bureau of Land Management
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Reservations possible: 
No
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Pleasant Valley Pit Campground is managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bishop Field Office. The campground is a great place to camp during winter months, and it is especially popular with climbers that visit nearby Happy Boulders Climbing Area on Chalk Bluff Road and the world-class bouldering destination, Buttermilks, west of Bishop.

The campground only charges $2 per site per night, though the campsites were free for a long time. Over the years, “The Pit” became so popular that over 14,000 campers used it in one year. This high use gave the BLM more than enough reason to request a fee. The BLM has combined the proceeds with a little help from The Access Fund, and they have been able to install many facilities such as vault toilets, trash and recycling services, picnic tables, fire grills, and law enforcement patrolling. The funding also helps to preserve the wildlife habitat, historical landmarks, and natural and cultural resources of Pleasant Valley and the nearby boulder areas. Enjoy the cheap nightly camping, though do you part to Leave No Trace to keep this campground in good shape for years to come.

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