This is one of our favorite campgrounds when passing through the eastern side of the Sierras. No real amenities, with pit toilets and water faucets only. But, the scenery is great if you like the desert. Hot in the summer, at an elevation of about 2500-2800 feet. Great motorcycling in the BLM areas adjacent, and to the opal mines across Hwy 14. Senior rate is $10 per night (over 62). Dump site is presently closed.
A nice campground operated by Riverside County. Easy walk into the town of Idyllwild to restaurants or shopping. Not to be confused with Idyllwild State Park, which is nearby. The elevation is about 5200 feet, so only about five sites open in the winter months.
This is a county-operated campground on the southern end of Lone Pine, adjacent to Hwy 395. It is popular with boaters and other watercraft people. No hookups or showers, but has flush toilets and water faucets. A good night stop if in the area.
A beautiful forestry campground on the edge of the town of Mammoth Lakes. The campground is near many good restaurants, a large county park, bike trails, and shopping. Wonderful, helpful camp hosts. A tremendous amount of bird and animal life. No showers, but flush toilets, that are kept very clean. Not a good option for big rigs, but great for tent campers and small RVs. They do have a dump station. The rate is $9 for anyone holding a federal pass (Golden Age, etc.).
Very crowded sites, some under trees, but some are "parking lot" type. The young staff seem very indifferent, stating that the reason the rates are so high is that "they're the only game in town." In fact, there is a beautiful forestry campground just across the highway called New Shady Rest, which has much larger, better treed sites for $18 ($9 if you have a pass), with flush toilets but no showers. Non-Mountain View RV customers can still get a shower there for $5.
A special lightly-used state park campground, which offers a quiet place to contemplate the peoples that used to live there. You can walk amongst the artifacts, and actually pick up decorated pot sherds (as long as you put them back). The park offers very clean restrooms and showers at a reasonable rate. Helpful park rangers and camp host.