The BLM Alabama Hills National Scenic Area now offers an improved camping experience for public land users

Thanks to public feedback and efforts of partners, changes are now in effect


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BISHOP, Calif. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and its partners have completed improvements to the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area. Signs have been installed to clearly mark 50 designated campsites and day-use-only areas throughout the Hills. Enhancements to this special place will help improve public access and create a more enjoyable recreation experience, while maintaining incredible views and preserving this remarkable landscape.

“Visitors can still enjoy camping at Tuttle Creek Campground, which is the primary camping location with 83 campsites, or in the additional 50 designated campsites throughout the Hills,” said Bishop Acting Field Manager Heather Stone. “These changes, guided by public feedback, are a great milestone for the implementation of the 2021 Alabama Hills Management Plan and will help preserve the area’s rich natural and cultural resources (including iconic film locations) along with the stunning views for which the Hills are known.”

A free permit for the designated campsites will be required soon and will be available on site at information kiosks and online. The permit does not guarantee a campsite but will provide information on how to responsibly camp in this spectacular place.

On Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 5 p.m., the BLM and Alabama Hills Stewardship group invites the public to attend a ‘Hills Happenings’ virtual information session. The public will have an opportunity to ask BLM staff and partners questions and hear updates about implementation of the Alabama Hills Management Plan. To attend this ‘Hills Happening’ event, please register in advance at: This event is just the latest in public participation activities for the Alabama Hills.

Those planning to visit the area can learn more by visiting the Alabama Hills “Visit Us” page at, or by reading the Alabama Hills brochure. For specific questions, contact the BLM Bishop Field Office at 760-872-5000, or

BLM wishes to extend our thanks to our partners at Tread Lightly!, Milestar Tires, Friends of the Inyo, Inyo National Forest, Inyo County, Alabama Hills Stewardship Group, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, Eastern Sierra 4x4 Club, and many volunteers who helped us make these changes so that present and future visitors can continue to enjoy the Alabama Hills.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.