BLM Bishop Field Office advises public on limited access to Alabama Hills


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A washed out road with a tall snow capped mountain in the background.

BISHOP, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management advises visitors to plan for the busy fall season in the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area. Storm damage from Hurricane Hilary and the historic winter storms in California have created challenging road conditions, leaving some roads closed and others nearly impassable. Visitors can expect longer drive times to reach the Alabama Hills from U.S. Highway 395. Additionally, access to some rock formations and designated primitive campsites will be limited. Access is continually changing as repairs are being made.

“The unprecedented precipitation this year has resulted in ongoing challenges for access to public lands. When you visit the Alabama Hills this fall, consider being flexible with plans and having alternative options,” said Bishop Field Manager Sherri Lisius.

Know Before You Go: On August 20, Hurricane Hilary dropped nearly five inches of rain in the Alabama Hills area. This resulted in significant damage to and closure of the Whitney Portal Road, near the town of Lone Pine. Whitney Portal Road, managed by Inyo County, provides the primary access to the Alabama Hills. Inyo County suggests detouring on Tuttle Creek Road for most vehicles, and Lubken Canyon Road for larger vehicles and vehicles with trailers. Visitors can also check here for the status of roads before a trip.

Tuttle Campground, inside the National Scenic Area, is the best place to camp when visiting. Access to Tuttle Campground is through Lubken Canyon or Tuttle Creek Road.

Recreate Responsibly: Please use caution on all dirt roads where deposited sand has created loose and unstable conditions. Please respect closure signs as crews work to make repairs. Please stay on existing roads and trails.

Those planning to visit the area can check on the status of the Alabama Hills by going to our website,, or by contacting the BLM Bishop Field Office at 760-872-5000 or by emailing

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.