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Yosemite Sam1

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Posted: 04/09/21 10:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Can't recall the city and I was in hurry to make a stop, but there is a place I want to go back to where famous Western movies had their shooting locations.

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Posted: 04/09/21 10:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yosemite Sam1 wrote:

Can't recall the city and I was in hurry to make a stop, but there is a place I want to go back to where famous Western movies had their shooting locations.


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Posted: 04/09/21 10:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

And along 395 are several campgrounds that never get congested (except when you get close to Lee Vining entrance to Yosemite).

Ditto on gas prices. Load up plus extra tanks when you hit Bishop plus pastries for DW.

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jdc1 wrote:

If you have kids with you, be sure to stop at Manzanar, Lava Tubes, Bodie, and Mono lake. You'll be surprised at their reactions. You will have to add a couple days to the trip because they won't want to leave as fast as you might think.


The road to Bodie is NOT RV friendly. It is a dirt road that is not maintained much. I was just there a few months ago and it was almost 4wd only.


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They grade the Bodie road fairly regularly, but rains and snow can mess it up pretty quickly. The last 3 miles is the roughest as it is unsurfaced. Before driving up, give the park a call at 760-616-5040 and ask about recent or planned grading.

It is doable with RVs but you may choose to go slow. It is definitely worth visiting. As is Mono Lake.

Also, unusual for both California State Parks and National Parks, dogs are allowed. They can be walked around the Bodie town (but not in buildings) and they can take the path to the water at Mono Lake as long as they are on proper leashes.

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OP here. Thanks everyone. Good info. Will plan on north to south.


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KCFDCapt wrote:

Winds can be a problem too. Sometimes the CHP will restrict traffic because of the high cross winds. Be prepared to wait out the wind.


We have often traveled this road in the Winter to ski at Mammoth and June (not towing). We did have one trip with very high winds and CHP was stopping all high profile vehicles at the south end of the sierras. Since we were not towing we were allowed thru. On the way from there to Mammoth we passed over a dozen flipped semi rigs and RV's. It was a mess. Most times winds were light and no issues. Highway is generally an easy very scenic drive. Your warning to check winds is spot on!


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