Crowley Lake Campground, north of Bishop, CA is the first of 4 beautiful BLM campgrounds that are on this section of Highway 395. All are just $5 a night, or $2.50 if you're old. (i.e., have a Senior Pass)
There is a lot to do in the area, but one of my favorites is going to all the hot springs in the Hot Creek area. To find them, turn at this green church. I don't know what I'll do if they ever paint it.
In Hot Creek Canyon, there used to be some nice pools, but they have been closed because the water is just too hot.
This area is also known for cowboys, and on my way to Hot Creek Canyon, a horse drive crossed the road in front of me.
Then when I was leaving, I was behind this lone horse headed towards the highway. I was afraid to get too close, but fortunately, a guy with a trailer coming the other way saw the problem and blocked the road. The horse headed off into the pasture. Whew!
There are lots of hot springs in the area, but I have my favorites. This is the walkway to Punky's Pool, located on top of the white plateau.
It's a great pool, with a warm water feed, and a very hot water feed, and a lovely 360 degree view.
But my very favorite is simply called "Hot Tub." Shaped like a large bathtub, it can hold 6 people. And the best thing? You can camp nearby!
And there's a wonderful view from the pool. (I have to take this shot in every hot spring I visit!)
If you're interested in finding these hot springs, or any of the others I've visited, you'll want to get these books by Marjorie Gersh-Young. Mine are older editions - the new versions look a little different.