Summary of closures. For additional information, please scroll further down the page
Death Valley - CLOSED
Manzanar Historical Site - CLOSED
Sequoia & Kings - CLOSED
Yosemite - CLOSED
INYO NATIONAL FOREST:
Campgrounds - CLOSED
Visitor Centers - CLOSED
Picnic Areas - CLOSED
Campgrounds - CLOSED
Hot Springs - CLOSED
Recreation Areas - CLOSED
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power:
Owens River Gorge - CLOSED
Long Valley Reservoir (Crowley Lake) - CLOSED
Klondike Lake - CLOSED (motorized watercraft)
NATIONAL PARK NOTICES
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
Death Valley National Park is announcing modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing. As of March 18, 2020, all visitor centers are closed, ranger led programs cancelled, and the following campgrounds are closing today and tomorrow: Emigrant, Mesquite Springs, Texas Springs, Furnace Creek, Sunset and Stovepipe Wells.
Visitors can continue to enjoy Death Valley National Park online through videos, including the series “Death Valley Explorer.” These can be found at the park website: www.nps.gov/deva. Social media accounts will also remain active.
Updates about nationwide NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Death Valley specific conditions can be found at https://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Yosemite NP, California – Yosemite National Park is announcing modifications to operations at the request of the local health department. As of 3:00 pm today, Friday, March 20, 2020, Yosemite National Park is closed to all park visitors until further notice. This closure will be enforced 24-hours a day/7-days a week and there will be no access permitted to Yosemite National Park.
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS
Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities in consultation with NPS Public Health Service officers, all public facilities are now temporarily closed, including park visitor centers, contact stations, lodges, and restaurants.
Park areas that remain open include Redwood Canyon in Kings Canyon and Mineral King Road, South Fork and North Fork areas of Sequoia National Park.
Manzanar National Historic Site
Manzanar National Historic Site is taking proactive steps to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing.
As of March 17, 2020, Manzanar National Historic Site has closed the visitor center and Block 14 barracks, latrine, and mess hall until further notice. Outdoor areas including the auto tour road, gardens, and cemetery remain open during daylight hours.
Visitors may explore the site on foot. Please do not disturb or collect anything.
No visitor amenities are available at Manzanar except for a pit toilet adjacent to the historic cemetery. Visitors must bring their own drinking water and carry out their trash.
People are also encouraged to “explore” Manzanar’s stories online at: www.nps.gov/manz; https://www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/manz; www.facebook.com/ManzanarNationalHistoricSite; www.instagram.com/ManzanarNPS; YouTube: ManzanarNPS
Manzanar National Historic Site is located at 5001 Highway 395, six miles south of Independence and nine miles north of Lone Pine, California.
Inyo National Forest
Closes Campgrounds, Group and Day Use Facilities, and Visitor Centers
In adherence with the Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5) Closure Order, developed recreation sites are closed through April 30.
Many Inyo National Forest campgrounds are closed during the winter, but those that are typically open under winter operations will be closed. This includes Kennedy Meadows Campground, Lone Pine Campground, Mt. Whitney Trailhead Campground, Lower Grays Meadow Campground, Grandview Campground, Bitterbrush Campground, and Holiday Campground. Visitors to the forest should plan for winter conditions.
All visitor centers are closed. This includes the Eastern Sierra Visitor Center in Lone Pine, the White Mountain Ranger Station, and the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center. The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center and Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center are closed for the winter.
All picnic areas are closed. South Tufa (Mono Lake), Convict Lake, Hot Creek, and June Beach Day Use areas are closed. All campground restrooms, trailhead restrooms, picnic area, and day use restrooms are closed.
Notifications to renters will be made as soon as possible and refunds will be processed through the concessioners who manage campgrounds on the Inyo National Forest.
As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority. We are committed to continuing to support our communities and fulfill our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.
Customers needing information may call during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am- 4:30 pm, closed for lunch 12:00 pm -12:30 pm):
Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center:760-924-5500
White Mountain Ranger Station and Bishop Supervisor’s Office: 760-873-2400
Eastern Sierra Visitor Center, Lone Pine: 760-876-6200
Bureau of Land Management
Closes Campgrounds, Hot Springs, Recreation Sites in Inyo & Mono Counties
The health and safety of our visitors and staff remains the number one priority of the Bureau of Land Management. In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and with the Governor's shelter in place order, the BLM will temporarily close all developed campgrounds and developed recreation sites in California, to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
The closure is effective immediately and will remain in effect until such time as conditions allow for safe use of the recreation areas.
While developed recreation sites are closed, dispersed camping and trails remain open and available to the public.
Closures in Inyo and Mono County BLM lands administered by the Bishop BLM Field Office:
Alabama Hills National Scenic Area
Bishop Field Office Campgrounds (Pleasant Valley -- The Pit; Tuttle Creek; Goodale Creek Horton Creek Campground)
Recreational Hot Springs (Travertine Hot Springs, Long Valley Hot Springs)
Bishop FO Rock Climbing (Happy Boulders trail; Sad Boulders trail)
The Inyo County Health Department has ordered that “All individuals in Inyo County shall stay at home or at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of critical infrastructure sectors,” as referenced in California Executive Order N-33-20. Inyo County has also requested that visitors that are not here on essential business return to their home and that non-essential visitors planning to come to Inyo County reconsider their plans and remain near their home. Thank you for your support.
Visitors may continue to enjoy BLM-managed public lands in a safe and responsible manner. We recommend visiting areas close to home while avoiding very popular or crowded locations where social distancing may be difficult and limiting group activities to members of your household. Please note that existing rules and regulations apply. Entrance fees have been waived. Other fees, such as cabin rentals, group day use, and use of special areas will remain in effect.
The BLM urges visitors to do their part when visiting your public lands as some visitor services may be limited due to limited staff availability in some areas. We recommend:
- bringing your own supplies such as disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper
- packing out your trash
- reducing the handling of cash by paying recreation fees through Recreation.gov or with a check, where available
For updates, check the Bishop BLM office website at www.blm.gov/office/bishop-field-office , or call 760-872-5000.
Los Angeles Department Of Water & Power
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power Announces Closures of Recreational Areas
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) is following the state and local guidance with the "Safer At Home" order and the recent announcement of the local postponement of the fishing season in Inyo, Mono and Alpine counties by taking the necessary steps to close public access to the following recreational sites on LADWP lands:
Owens River Gorge
- Control Gorge, Middle and Upper Gorge parking areas
- Parking areas at Happy and Sad Boulders
Long Valley Reservoir (Crowley Lake)
- North Landing Road
- Crowley Lake Fish Camp
- Layton Springs
Klondike Lake - closed to motorized watercraft