Off Sawmill Cutoff Road and right past the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center is the New Shady Rest Campground. At an elevation of 7,800 feet, this campground is near the Pine Glen and Old Shady Rest campgrounds. A large number of campsites can accommodate small groups (and their dogs) for two weeks at a stretch.
The name of the campground itself tells us the kind of natural features it offers: it’s located under a shaded canopy of an old Jeffrey pine forest. New Shady Rest is also close to Sierra Mountains that are home to beasts like black bears and mountain lions, as well as a wide variety of fish and birds.
The camp has more than 90 sites arranged in two large loops. Each campsite can accommodate up to 6 people, plus their pets. Campsites have fire rings as well as bear-proof lockers to keep your food safe throughout your stay. Picnic tables are also available. However, you have to bring your own drinking water.
New Shady Rest Campground offers a host of camper activities. Love fishing? There are 6 big lakes and small streams that you have access to. Dig hiking? You have trails that run along scenic lakes. Enjoy biking? You’ll love the Mammoth Bike Park as well as the paved bike trails running from the village to the lakes. And of course, nature lovers can relish the John Muir Wilderness. And if Fido is coming along, be sure to carry some poop bags and clean up after him.
Major nearby attractions for campers at New Shady Rest are the Mammoth Lakes (which is a full-service community) and also the Mammoth Jazz Jubilee if you are planning to camp in July. And if you’re bringing your canine friend along, the nearby Yosemite National Park is a great place to play catch!