Open Year-round
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Reservations possible?
No
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
No
Please respect the outdoors by practicing Leave No Trace. Learn more about how to apply the principles of Leave No Trace on your next outdoor adventure here.

Big Springs Campground is a favorite of hunters, fishermen, and climbers in the Lookout Mountain area just east of U.S. 395.  Compared to other free sites in the area, Big Springs is kept in good repair. 

The 26 site campground is equipped with bear boxes, secure trash disposal, and vault toilets. No running water is available.

Not far from the campground are Deadman Creek, Big Springs, and Glass Creek, the headwaters of the Owens River, respectively. Anglers will find waterways thriving with brown and rainbow trout.

Also convenient to Big Springs Campground is Indiana Summit Research Natural Area, home to the world’s largest Jeffrey pine forest. Bouldering and sport climbing in Clark Canyon are developed in two main areas, the Potato Patch and Swiss Cheese Boulder. 

Much of the adjacent land is privately owned and actively grazes cattle. Please respect posted signs and close any gate you open.

Big Springs Campground is free of charge. Donations are accepted, however, to help offset sanitation and maintenance costs.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Free. Bear boxes. Fishing and climbing nearby.

Cons

No water.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Managed by

Inyo National Forest

Features

Vault toilet

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California
Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California
Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California
Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California

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