The BLM is making exciting changes to the Alabama Hills to improve the recreation experience for all users and to preserve this phenomenal landscape for generations to come. We'll be adding more details as changes are made, but starting in fall 2021, look below for changes to camping in the Alabama Hills, as we begin to implement our new Alabama Hills Management Plan.

Alabama Hills

Arch Trail
Phone:
Address:

Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office Bishop, CA 93514

Latitude/Longitude:
36.53754444, -118.1087469
Directions:

Take Hwy 395 to Lone Pine. Turn west at the stoplight onto Whitney Portal Road, drive 2.5 miles to Movie Road, turn right.

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Alabama Hills

Overview

The Alabama Hills are a formation of rounded rocks and eroded hills set between the jagged peaks of the Sierra Nevada and the geologically complex Inyo Mountains. Both geologic features were shaped by the same uplifting occurring 100 million years ago.

Visitors enjoy touring film sites, photography, rock climbing, exploring natural arches, and viewing the swaths of wildflowers that bloom every spring. Horseback riding and mountain biking are popular activities.

Please visit the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area page for more information.

Camping

The best place to camp when you visit the Alabama Hills is at the nearby campgrounds, all within a few miles of Movie Road. This includes the BLM Tuttle Creek Campground (https://www.blm.gov/visit/tuttle-creek-campground-0), the Inyo National Forest Lone Pine Campground (https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/recarea/?recid=20686) and the Inyo County Portuguese Joe campground (https://www.inyocounty.us/services/parks-recreation/portuguese-joe). 

As of October 1, 2021 the west side of Movie Road in the Movie Flat area and any area marked with a no camping sign will be day use only areas (see map). Additional changes to dispersed camping will occur throughout the fall. These changes will include a required free permit and further delineation of areas where camping may occur. Eventually, camping will be limited to sites identified with a campsite marker in the areas shown on this map

To control human waste, six porta potties have been placed in the Alabama Hills. Please either use these restrooms or pack out your solid human waste using a portable waste system (RV toilet, wag bag, portable toilet, etc.).

Please check back before your next visit to get the most up to date information.