This area is a paradise for campers and there's no shortage of campgrounds or, for that matter, roadside motels, many of them members of national chains. Log cabin–style lodges and inns, regardless of the quality or age of their interiors, at least have that Western vibe. The Mammoth Lakes and Mono Lake regions are geographically compact enough that you can base yourself in one place and explore other destinations.
Most campgrounds are at high elevation in the Inyo National Forest and open from May or June to September or October. A few lower-elevation campgrounds around Bishop and Lone Pine are open year-round, but can get chilly at night in winter. The majority are maintained and operated by the USDA Forest Service, others by the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service or the county (Inyo or Mono). Reservations for many of the US Forest Service campgrounds can be made at www.recreation.gov.