ESIA is a proud nonprofit partner organization with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)-Bishop Field Office. ESIA works closely with the BLM and the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group (AHSG) at the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area. Scroll down to learn about volunteer opportunities in the Hills, planning a visit, learn about geology and natural history, and much more!
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Leave No Trace Alabama Hills Edition
Plan Ahead and Prepare.
- Prepare for changes to come! As of October 1, 2022, camping is only permitted at Tuttle Creek Campground or in designated sites marked with this symbol
- All other areas are day use only (no camping). Additional changes will include a required free permit and further delineation of areas where camping may occur. Please check the BLM website: https://www.blm.gov/visit/alabama-hills-national-scenic-area
- You can also email: or call: 760-872-5000
Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Our favorite motto in the Alabama Hills is, “Don’t Crush the Brush” this means staying on existing roads and paths.
- Tents, vehicles, kitchens, and other camping equipment should only be placed on bare ground, not on any type of vegetation.
- Vegetation in the climate can take decades to recover when crushed by off-road driving or parking.
Dispose of Waste Properly
- Use the six porta potties in the Alabama Hills or pack out solid human waste and toilet paper using a portable waste system (RV toilet, WAG bag, etc.).
- Please also take out all your trash from the Hills. There are no trash services, so this means packing out all the trash items that you pack in, including food waste, toilet paper, and pet waste. Free dumpsters are located at the Tuttle Creek Campground.
Leave What You Find
- Leave what you find! This includes rusty items, such as cans, bottles, and nails, arrowheads, points, pieces of movie sets, old glass bottles.
Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Campfires are only allowed at Tuttle Creek Campground or in designated camp sites in existing fire rings. Do not create new fire rings.
- Fires may be prohibited at any time of the year. For fire restriction information visit essrp.org/camping or (760) 872-5000.
- No live or down vegetation may be burned. Do not burn trash in campfire rings.
- You MUST also have a California Camp Fire Permit which is free and available online at http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit
- Do not feed wildlife! Ensure all food is stored properly.
- Maintain a reasonable distance from wildlife and do not approach animals. Use your camera to get up close and personal with wildlife
Be Considerate of Other Visitors
- Enjoy the peace and quiet of the Alabama Hills. Keep music and generator use to a minimum.
- Preserve the view of the stars for yourself and others by minimizing the light footprint of your vehicle by switching off headlights, and using dimmed lighting only when necessary.