The health and safety of our visitors and staff remains the number one priority of the Bureau of Land Management. In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and local health officials, the BLM will temporarily close campgrounds at this site to overnight use to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Please visit the BLM California COVID Updates page for more information.

Fossil Falls Campground


Bureau of Land Management Ridgecrest Field Office Ridgecrest, CA 93555

35.9711469, -117.9091144

Fossil Falls Campground


Fossil Falls Campground is located in along California Highway 365 at the base of the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains.

Fossil Falls Campground contains 11 first-come-first-serve campsites with drinking water, restroom, tables and fire rings. RV sites are available and well suited for medium-sized RVs.

The fee is $6.00 per night and the stay limit is 14 days.

Fossil Falls Campground

Fossil Falls Campground


Recreation Opportunities

Fossil Falls offers a unique volcanic landscape. The short Fossil Falls Trail will lead you though the smooth, polished remnants of a 20,000 year-old lava flow and is an excellent location to stretch your legs on a long road trip. The flow itself is a popular destination for rappelers and rock climbers.


Know before you go

  • Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. Bring sufficient water, food, clothing, equipment, and first aid supplies for your activity.
  • Weather extremes and poisonous snakes are hazards common to this area. Avoid low-lying areas during storms and remember that rain upstream can cause flooding even though it is not raining in the immediate area.
  • Weather: The area is hot and arid, with summer high temperatures ranging from 100 to 120 degrees F. Winter low temperatures may drop below freezing with highs in the 70's.
  • Food, Fuel and Necessities: Food, fuel and most necessities are available in Ridgecrest or Lone Pine. Cellular phone service is not reliable in all locations.