Just off Sawmill Cutoff Road and past the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center lies the Old Shady Rest Campground. Situated at an elevation of about 8,000 feet, the campground is larger than your average camping area, providing access to various outdoor activities and attractions. Not to mention, this is one of the best campgrounds to bring along your canine friend(s).
All campsites rest in the shade of old Jeffrey pine trees, hence the name! Along with this beautiful forest, the mountain is home to various wildlife species, including mule deer, mountain lion, and black bear, as well as many fish and birds. All in all, the Old Shady Rest Campground has majestic scenery.
One of the largest campgrounds in the region, Old Shady Rest has 45 campsites organized into one large loop. All sites have campfire rings and picnic tables, and you can purchase firewood on-site. In addition, you can store your food in bear-proof lockers for the duration of your stay.
If you’re looking for a campground that keeps campers (and their pets) busy, this is the place to be. The scenic beauty and proximity to nature are obvious attractions, but the challenging trails will also thrill hiking, mountain biking, and off-road vehicle enthusiasts. If you camp in the waters, you can also enjoy skiing. In addition, many creeks and lakes lie close to the campground, offering excellent fishing opportunities. If you are taking your doggo along, especially on the hiking trail, be sure to carry poop bags.
Another major attraction for campers at Old Shady Rest is its proximity to the Mammoth Lakes, which is a full-service community. If you are planning to come camping in July, you can also catch the Mammoth Jazz Jubilee in the Mammoth Lakes Village. Not to mention, if you are bringing Fido along, the nearby Yosemite National Park is a great place to play catch!