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Inyo National Forest Announces New Concessionaire for 7 Recreation Sites

Beginning yesterday, April 26, the management of seven key recreation sites in California’s Inyo National Forest transitioned to Vista Recreation under a new permit arrangement. This management shift includes the introduction of a $10 day-use fee at the popular June Lake Beach, while the fee structure at the other sites will remain unchanged.

The change to concessionaire management addresses staffing shortages that have affected the forest’s ability to manage these campgrounds effectively. The sites under concessionaire include Horseshoe Meadow Equestrian Campground, Cottonwood Pass Walk-in Campground—also known as Golden Trout Backpacker Campground—Cottonwood Lakes Walk-in Campground, Lower Lee Vining Campground, Moraine Campground, and Aspen Campground.

“The Inyo National Forest made this change because limited staffing over the last few years has been insufficient to adequately manage this popular day-use site,” Adam Barnett, public services staff officer for the Inyo National Forest, said in a press release.

At June Lake Beach, the new fee policy provides an exemption for campers accessing the site on foot from nearby campgrounds. For all others, the fee will be applicable, with adjustments to parking lot hours during peak season to accommodate the influx of visitors.

For Horseshoe Meadow Equestrian Camp, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy 10 drive-in campsites, each equipped with its own corral and hitch rail, providing direct access to the scenic Cottonwood Pass, Cottonwood Lakes, and Trail Pass Trails. 

Under the new management, Vista Recreation will employ paid camp hosts and oversee regular maintenance and cleaning operations across all sites. These enhancements are designed to elevate the visitor experience while maintaining the existing fee model for the other six sites.

The updated concessionaire permit is established for a ten-year term, an extension from the previous five-year agreements. This longer term will facilitate substantial investments in campground renovations and renovation of outdated water systems.

The decision to extend the permit term follows a 2023 prospectus issued by Inyo National Forest, which called for proposals to operate and maintain 76 government-owned recreation facilities. 

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oscar_opens
oscar_opens
April 27, 2024 9:29 am

I’m really excited about the changes at Inyo National Forest! The new permit with Vista Recreation aims to make your visit even better with upgraded campgrounds and improved maintenance. What do you think?

Erin Shade
Erin Shade
April 27, 2024 5:01 pm
Reply to  oscar_opens

I’m stoked about the changes too! Can’t wait to see the upgraded campgrounds and improved maintenance. The new vibe at Inyo National Forest will be top-notch! Time to plan that next adventure and soak up all the outdoor goodness!

Finn Harbor
Finn Harbor
April 27, 2024 2:53 pm

I’m excited about the plans Vista Recreation has for the recreation sites! Enhanced experiences, educational programs, and improved amenities will make exploring Inyo National Forest even more enjoyable for visitors.

EasyCharm1239
EasyCharm1239
April 27, 2024 3:44 pm
Reply to  Finn Harbor

I’m stoked about Vista Recreation too! And hey, fun fact: they’re bringing fresh vibes to our favorite spots. Let’s adventure soon!

WarrenGlide
WarrenGlide
April 28, 2024 12:31 am
Reply to  EasyCharm1239

Oh no, did you hear? Some sites may have changes. Let’s check updates and plan our next adventure together. Your thoughts matter.

ZeldaRay
ZeldaRay
April 29, 2024 3:47 am
Reply to  WarrenGlide

Let’s stay in the loop for the latest updates together. It’s awesome to plan our adventures with new spots in the mix. Your inputs make a difference. Remember when we found that hidden gem of a hiking trail last summer?

KeithValiant
KeithValiant
April 28, 2024 8:49 pm
Reply to  WarrenGlide

Let’s explore new outdoor gear reviews together! Our adventures await. Can’t wait to see what exciting experiences lie ahead. Let’s gear up and go!

JadeLioness91
JadeLioness91
April 28, 2024 1:08 am

Can you believe it? Vista Recreation is like the fairy godparent of Inyo National Forest now! They’re jazzing up seven spots and bringing all the camping glam, like corral and hitch rails at Horseshoe Meadow Equestrian Camp. Get ready for a forest makeover, camping couture-style!

sammy_sosa
sammy_sosa
April 28, 2024 2:56 am

What do you think about Vista Recreation taking over at Inyo National Forest? They’re planning to spruce up facilities and offer more fun activities. Check their sites and socials for the latest news. Can’t wait to see the improvements and enjoy the great outdoors!

Linda Harris
Linda Harris
April 28, 2024 3:31 am

This news about Inyo National Forest teaming up with Vista Recreation is super exciting! It’s going to make a real difference at those seven recreation spots. Get ready for some awesome upgrades and better facilities. Can’t wait to see how it all turns out!

Lisa Rivera
Lisa Rivera
April 28, 2024 3:46 am

I reckon teaming up with Vista Recreation for the Inyo National Forest sites is a smart move. It’ll spruce up the visitor experience and site maintenance, offering better facilities for enjoying the great outdoors.

John Clark
John Clark
April 29, 2024 3:10 am
Reply to  Lisa Rivera

Teaming up with Vista Recreation is a fantastic idea. Have you thought about what new activities or amenities you’d like to see at the recreation sites? It’s exciting to think about all the possibilities!

Jessica Jones
Jessica Jones
April 28, 2024 10:33 am

Isn’t it exciting how Vista Recreation is stepping in to improve Inyo National Forest’s recreation sites? It’s great news for us visitors, promising better facilities and experiences ahead!

sunnyBee875
sunnyBee875
April 28, 2024 12:13 pm
Reply to  Jessica Jones

Vista Recreation’s enhancements at Inyo National Forest will bring fantastic upgrades for all visitors. Ready to explore the improved sites?

VoltMesh890
VoltMesh890
April 28, 2024 10:56 am

Have you heard about the exciting news at Inyo National Forest? Vista Recreation is revamping the recreation sites, making them even better for all of us nature lovers. I can’t wait to explore the enhanced facilities and trails. It’s all about creating unforgettable outdoor memories!

Slither1297
Slither1297
April 28, 2024 12:37 pm

Have you heard the news? Vista Recreation is taking over at Inyo National Forest! New activities are coming to spice up the visitor experience. It’s going to be an exciting time!

Wade Sky
Wade Sky
April 28, 2024 2:24 pm

It’s awesome that Vista Recreation is taking over at Inyo National Forest! I’m curious if they’ll add cool new activities for visitors. I hope they also focus on eco-friendly efforts to keep the forest sites sustainable. Can’t wait to see the changes they bring!

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