Parks and Facilities Update
Last Updated  on Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Inyo National Forest announces partial reopening from October 3

OPEN: Wilderness in the Inyo Mountains and the White Mountains, front country dispersed areas throughout the forest, developed sites (e.g. Lakes Basin, Shady Rest Park and the new DiscGolfPark®), resorts and recreation resident cabins.

Developed recreation campgrounds will re-open. However, many campgrounds will remain closed due to end of season operations or because they are within closed areas.

OPEN CAMPGROUNDS: Aspen, Lower Lee Vining, Hartley Springs, Glass Creek, Big Springs, Oh Ridge, Twin Lakes, Silver Lake, New Shady Rest, Convict, French Camp, Four Jeffery, Sabrina, Bitterbrush, Upper Sage, Lone Pine and Whitney Portal.

CLOSURES:

  • Inyo National Forest within Madera County remains CLOSED. The most common destinations are Reds Meadow Valley and the Devil's Postpile National Monument. This area remains CLOSED due to the Creek Fire to the west.
  • Forest Closure 05-04-51-20-17 remains in effect and closes areas, including Monache Meadows, due to the SQF Complex (Castle Fire).
  • Forest Order 05-04-54-20-15 remains in effect and includes Navy Beach and the South Tufa area.

The Inyo portions of the South Sierra, Golden Trout, John Muir, Ansel Adams, Owens River Headwaters, and Hoover Wilderness areas remain closed through December 1, 2020. This closure may be rescinded or extended as needed. Many of the Inyo's trail networks lead into active fire areas that are closed and that are managing complex and difficult fires. Inyo Closure Map


Inyo Wildnerness Closure Map


FIRE RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT.

Propane and gas stove use are now permitted in developed recreation sites in National Forests in California. Developed recreation sites are defined as areas that have been improved or developed for recreation such as campgrounds and day use sites.

WOOD CUTTING: With a valid wood cutting permit, firewood may be cut as long as it is in a permitted collection area that is open.

Please visit the Inyo National Forest website for additional information.

Parks and Facilities COVID-19 Update

The Parks and Recreation Department recognizes the physical and mental health benefits of outdoor recreation and encourages the community to recreate responsibly. At this time, you can still enjoy time outdoors at the following areas for passive use, such as walking, jogging or leisure time for families and individuals. CDC guidelines requiring physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be followed at all times, and the gathering of groups is prohibited.

The situation is constantly evolving and we are operating in unchartered territory. We are working closely with Mono County Health Department to ensure our Parks and Recreation community receives credible information and advice during this challenging time. We will continue to react to federal, state and local guidelines as they are implemented and will keep you up to date with any changes.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Stay healthy and safe.

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Whitmore Recreation Area - OPEN

The Whitmore Recreation Area (Ball Fields 1 and 2, the Synthetic Turf and Track, and restrooms) is currently OPEN as an outdoor-only, open-space facility for self-directed use. Organized, group recreation activities are not currently permitted. Bilingual COVID-19 information and responsible recreation guidelines have been posted at the facility. The restrooms are OPEN and the gate to the track has been removed, allowing users to enter without having to touch a communal surface.

Shady Rest Park - OPEN

The Shady Rest Park, including the Shady Rest DiscGolfPark®, and playground, is currently OPEN as an outdoor only, open-space facility for self-directed use. Organized, group recreation activities are not currently permitted. Bilingual COVID-19 information and responsible recreation guidelines have been posted at the facility. Restrooms are available near the playground. Restrooms adjacent to the softball fields are closed. 

Volcom Brothers and Little Brothers Skatepark - OPEN

Volcom Brothers and Little Brothers Skatepark is currently OPEN as an outdoor only, open-space facility for self-directed use. Organized, group recreation activities are not currently permitted. Bilingual COVID-19 information and responsible recreation guidelines have been posted at the facility. The restrooms are OPEN. Water fountains have been winterized for the season.

Trails End Playground - OPEN

The Trails End Playground is NOW OPEN. Masks and social distancing are required. Please be courteous to other community members. Read playground recommendations here. Water fountains have been winterized for the season.

Community Tennis Courts (1 & 2) - OPEN

Community Center Tennis Courts 1, 2, 3 & 4 are currently OPEN as an outdoor only, open-space facility for self-directed use. Organized, group recreation activities are not currently permitted. Bilingual COVID-19 information and responsible recreation guidelines have been posted at the facility. In addition, USTA guidelines recommend players mark tennis balls so they are not inadvertently shared and avoid changing ends. The restrooms are closed.

Community Center Playground - OPEN

The Community Center Playground is NOW OPEN. Masks and social distancing are required. Please be courteous to other community members. Read playground recommendations here.

Mammoth Creek Park Playground - OPEN

Mammoth Creek Park Playground is NOW OPEN. Masks and social distancing are required. Please be courteous to other community members. Read playground recommendations here. Restrooms are also available at this facility. Water fountain has been winterized for the season.

Mammoth Creek Park East - CLOSED

The restrooms at Mammoth Creek Park East are now CLOSED.

Multi-Use Paths (Mammoth Lakes Trails System) - OPEN

The Multi-Use Paths (Mammoth Lakes Trails System) are currently OPEN around the Downtown area and Old Mammoth. The Lakes Basin trail system is currently CLOSED as a result of the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region temporary closure order. The Callahan Way segment of the Town Loop is currently under construction and CLOSED. Please remember to maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet from those outside your household unit. When passing others, please step off the path to preserve your 6 foot bubble, and wear a mask or face covering when physical distance cannot be maintained. Users are also reminded to comply with municipal codes requiring all dogs to be on leash and pet waste to be disposed of by owners.  

CLOSURES

Whitmore Pool - CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

The Whitmore Pool is now CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. We look forward to swimming with you again in May 2021!

Mammoth Ice Rink/RecZone - CLOSED

The Mammoth Ice Rink/RecZone is CLOSED until further notice. The facility has been locked and secured.

Community Center - CLOSED

The Community Center is being utilized as a Mono County COVID-19 testing site and is CLOSED until further notice. Staff are providing assistance as required.

Any new reservations at all parks and facilities have been temporarily suspended.

NRPA Social Distancing

To report a parks maintenance issue please complete a Parks and Trails online Report.