Bishop Field Office

Long Term Visitor Areas (LTVA) Permits

The Long Term Visitor Area (LTVA) permit program was established to accommodate the increasing demand for long-term seasonal visitation and to provide natural resource protection through improved management of resources. The program assures that specific BLM campgrounds in the Eastern Sierra between Lone Pine and Crowley Lake are available for long-term use and that inappropriate areas are not used for extended periods. The annual LTVA use season is from the first Saturday in March to November 1st. During this use season, visitors who wish to camp on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office for extended periods greater than 14 days, must stay in the designated LTVA campgrounds and purchase an LTVA permit.  The intent of this program is to provide full time camping opportunities to the public. It is not designed for residency, intermittent usage, or recreational vehicle storage.

BLM Campgrounds designated as LTVA sites are:

LTVA permits can be obtained at:

Public Lands Information Center, 798 North Main Street, Bishop
Phone: (760) 873-2500
Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30 p.m. (Summer: 7 days/week)

Interagency Visitor Center, Corner of Hwy 395 & Hwy 158, Lone Pine
Phone: (760) 876-6222
Office hours: 7 days a week, 8am-4:50 p.m.

**An LTVA permit is required to camp in excess of 14 days in a designated LTVA campground (listed above).  The permit (first Saturday in March through November 1st) is available for $300.00, US Funds only; cash or check. No refunds are made for permit fees. A $15.00 charge will be applied to returned checks.

The permit holder on a first-come, first-served basis can select any campsite within an LTVA campground. Only a limited number of LTVA permits will be issued during each camping season so that sites are still available for non-LTVA campers.