A simply lovely $5/night primitive campground with gorgeous mountain views ~10 miles north of Bishop, CA on Hwy 395
- Site Quality = 3/5 Very simple sites here, but with lovely “sitting areas” and excellent views. The campground is one long road with sites on each side and a small loop at the top. It is set alongside Horton Creek on the left with the Sierra Nevada mountains on the right and the White Mountains in the distance to the east All sites are basically just cleared firm dirt, mostly back-in with a few select pull-throughs. There’s some variation in levelness, but overall good selection of very large flattish sizes for any sized rig especially around the middle of the road. Each site has picnic table, deep fire-pit/grill and a light-hanging pole. Excellent site separation and sweeping views from just about every angle.
- Facilities = 3/5 Very simple, but well-kept facilities here. Pit toilets at several spots, brand new and kept very nicely clean. On-site potable water tap plus on-site dump station ($5 to use).
- Location = 5/5 This is a great location. You are only ~10 miles from Bishop which has petroglyphs, good food, shopping, photo galleries, museums and within easy drive of fabulous hiking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Ancient Bristlecone Forest. Lots to see and do in the area!
- Pet Friendliness = 5/5 Another great pooch park. Plenty of space to hang out in camp plus oceans of back-desert country around camp to explore and hike. Several on-site dirt trails leading for miles into the mountains and lots of nearby hiking in Sierra Nevada’s.
Overall Rating = 4
BONUS ALERT = Camp with sweeping views of the Sierra Nevada and White Mountains
Summary: This is the kind of peaceful, out-there campground that we truly enjoy. Horton Creek is set next to a creek on an escarpment leading up towards the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is one long road with sites on each side and a small loop at the top. Sites are large, basic dirt but have excellent separation, lovely “sitting areas” and simply great views all-around. The campground is primitive with pit toilets only, but has several interesting dirt trails and on-site dump station and water (these were just installed in 2012!). Add to that it’s a great location, only ~10 miles from Bishop which is a cute town with shopping, galleries, museums, food plus you’re within short drives of outstanding hikes in the Sierra Nevada and White Mountains. Overall the views were fabulous, the location perfect, the price right and the experience most relaxing. We would definitely stay here again!
Extra Info: Very good 3G Verizon signal (3-4 bars). Sites cost $5/night no hookups, all first-come-first-serve. 49 total sites. On-site dump station ($5) and potable water.
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