The Bureau of Land Management has begun making exciting camping changes described in the 2021 Alabama Hills Management Plan. Thanks to public feedback, changes identified in the plan will help improve public access, retain the incredible views, and make the recreation experience more enjoyable for all users, while preserving this phenomenal landscape for generations to come.

On April 14, at 5 p.m., the BLM and Alabama Hills Stewardship group invites the public to attend the second in a series of ‘Hills Happenings’ information sessions. During these sessions, the public will have an opportunity to ask BLM staff and partners questions and hear updates about implementing the Alabama Hills Management Plan. To attend the second ‘Hills Happening’ event, please register here: or email event is just the latest in public participation activities in the Alabama Hills.

Alabama Hills

Arch Trail

Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office Bishop, CA 93514

36.53754444, -118.1087469

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


Alabama Hills


The Alabama Hills are a formation of rounded rocks and eroded hills set at the base of the jagged peaks of the Sierra Nevada. 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 about the activities and history of the Alabama Hills.



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, the Inyo National Forest Lone Pine Campground, and the Inyo County Portuguese Joe Campground. There are bathrooms, picnic tables and big sites for RVs and trailers.

Dispersed Camping

Dispersed camping requires extra time and preparation to make sure impacts are minimal to this special place. A great source for tips to reduce your impact when dispersed camping is

Lots of changes are coming to dispersed camping in the Alabama Hills in 2022, so please check this page just before your trip.

Current status:

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).

Site selection:

  • Camp in an area that is open to camping (closed areas will be signed with day use only or no camping signs)
  • In some areas, campsites have been designated and you can only camp in sites marked accordingly. These areas and sites are clearly marked. 
  • Outside of closed or designated areas, choose sites that have obviously been camped in before and are free of vegetation. Do not create new campsites or move boulders or rocks to make sites bigger.

The desert vegetation is fragile and likely older than you, so please Don’t Crush the Brush! 

Don't Crush the Brush logo

Human Waste

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.).

The porta potties are located at the Mobius Arch trailhead and across from the Shark Fin parking area.


Check for current restrictions that may be in place.

California campfire permit are required on BLM managed lands within California. California. Campfire permits are available free online at or at all BLM, U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire offices.

Use existing fire rings in an existing campsite. Extinguish fires with water, not dirt. Be sure to have shovels, adequate water, and fire extinguishers. Do not build fires next to rock outcrops where the black scars will remain for many years. Do not cut down brush to fuel your fire.

Stay Limits

Maximum of 7 days in a 28 day period, and not to exceed 14 days in a calendar year. Please note: Dispersed camping is limited to 14 days per year within the Bishop Field Office boundaries.


Coming soon:

Free Permits

Soon a permit will be required to dispersed camp in the Alabama Hills. The permit will be free and will be an acknowledgement that you understand the rules and guidance for dispersed camping. The permit will be found online or at the information kiosks. The permit will not be a reservation of a site.

More designated campsites

Additional changes in the next year will be further delineation of areas where camping is permitted. Eventually, camping will be limited to sites identified with a campsite marker in the areas shown on this map

Signs indicating camping status.

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