Bishop Field Office

Photo of the Sierra Nevada from the Volcanic TablelandsVolcanic Tablelands

The site is located 6 miles north of Bishop, California.

The Volcanic Tablelands is a vast volcanic landscape that was formed over 700,000 years ago by materials spewing from the Long Valley caldera, located to the northwest.

From Bishop, take State Highway 6 north to Five Bridges Road, then take a left. Proceed on Five Bridges Road 5 miles until it turns into a dirt road. At the entrance to the area, there is a BLM kiosk that provides map and route information for the Tablelands.

Visitor Activities:
Four-wheel driving (pdf 642kb), bouldering and rock climbing, wildlife viewing, birdwatching, horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking.

Permits, Fees, Limitations:
No permits or fees are required for casual use. Four-wheel-drive and motorcycle touring opportunities are permitted on established routes only.


Camping and Lodging:
Camping is available at BLM's Horton Creek Camground, located 8.5 miles north on U.S. Highway 395. Take a left on Millpond Road, then follow signs. Various types of lodging are available in Bishop. Winter camping is also available at the Pleasant Valley Pit starting in early November each year.

Food and Supplies:
Food and supplies are available in Bishop.

First Aid:
No first aid is available on-site. The closest hospital is located in Bishop.

Additional Information:
The area is a primitive recreation area with no visitor facilities. Spring, fall, and winter are the best seasons to visit.

For the latest information about this scenic area, please contact our Bishop Field Office.