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Panoche Hills Camping

Panoche Hills in the fog
Panoche Hills Landscape (BLM photo, M. Westphal)

 The Panoche and Tumey Hills are now under Fire Season Vehicle Restrictions. No motorized access is allowed from April 15 to October 17. 

The Panoche Hills offer campers endless opportunities for free dispersed camping.  Campers making a campfire are required to obtain a campfire permit.  These permits are free of charge and may be obtained from any BLM or U.S. Forest Service office in California or online.  There is no water available in the Panoche Hills.  For maps and more information about this area you can call us at (831) 630-5000 for an area brochure. 

Feel free to email our Outdoor Recreation Planners for more information about places to safely camp.

The BLM enforces laws meant to protect the safety of all users and beauty of the lands: 
Do not cross onto private lands without land owner permission
Do not drive off of the road in the Wilderness Study Areas
Do not camp within 200 yards of any wildlife watering improvement

To keep these lands wild and safe:
Park within 15 feet of the roadside
Stay on open, signed routes while driving
Routes are not considered open unless they are signed open
Observe the 14 day limit within a 28 day period
Bring a shovel for personal sanitation and fire prevention



Helpful Links

 California State BLM Camping Page
California BLM State Camping Page

Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace

California Campfire Permit
California Campfire Permit

Panoche Hills Main Page
Panoche Hills Main Page

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Bureau of Land Management
Hollister Field Office
20 Hamilton Court
Hollister, CA 95023
Phone: (831) 630-5000
Fax: (831) 630-5055
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., M-F
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