Alabama Hills Recreation Area

BLM

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Whitney Portal Rd. / Movie Rd. Lone Pine, CA 93545 760-872-5000 Official Website

GPS: 36.5958, -118.1092

Last Price Paid: $0
Pad Type: dirt
Elevation: 4470 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
Learn more: Boondocking 101

41 people have reviewed this location.

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oldmangranite
Valencia, CA 23' Pleasure Way Plateau TS
1 review
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
“Totally awesome off the grid place”

Reviewed Apr 21, 2019

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Alabama Hills was our first boondocking experience the weekend of April 5, 2019 and we had a blast. Finding a site was not a breeze but we had options. The roads were generally very good, the place well kept. If you have an aversion to washboarding and dust, drive on. We chose a site about 150 feet off the road with rock character a... more

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QLCWithMe
Seattle, WA 25' Jayco JayFlight Dodge Ram 2500
13 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2

QLCWithMe would stay here again

“These views for Free?!?!”

Reviewed Apr 13, 2019

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**Whitney Portal (past Alabama Hills) and Horeshoe Meadow are both gated shut until April 30, 2019. In case you were thinking of heading up that way to explore. We arrived on a Wednesday in mid April and found it to be busier than we expected. We were still able to find a spot that gave us good sun (solar), and views of both the roc... more

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Brunz
Placentia, CA GMC Acadia
1 review
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: n/a
“Cool Scenery, Inhospitable Staff”

Reviewed Apr 05, 2019

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Could write a novel on my first experience here, but will highlight the main points. All in all, cool area, just wish the BLM, or whoever, had a better handle on how they want people to access the area. Here's why: - Stopped by the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center for addition information and was strongly discouraged to camp... more

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k.olearycole
SC 19’ Ford 350 Converted Camper Van with Motorcyle on Back
6 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

k.olearycole would stay here again

“Amazing Campsite!!!”

Reviewed Mar 22, 2019

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Slept in our van here on a Thursday after spending the day driving through Death Valley. What a jaw-dropping spot! I have no idea why this place is not packed. Stunning Sierra Nevadas running the length of one side, Joshua Tree style rocks for bouldering in the site, and expansive night skies made for an awesome experience! There is a ... more

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HeatherSea
Seattle, WA 8' Alaskan Camper (or 1986 VW Vanagon) Ford F250
3 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: somewhere after Arch Loop Trail head

HeatherSea would stay here again

“Best camp spot EVER”

Reviewed Feb 14, 2019

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We pulled in after dark and stumbled around the road and settled on a spot. There were a few spots that were pretty rutted in the dirt road, but our truck camper got over them just fine. We probably could have done it in the Vanagon too. When we woke up in the morning, we were blown away by beauty. Such a fabulous camp spot. Both of... more

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Uproot Travel
SD 34' Mobile Suites 32TK3 Ford F350
9 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2

Uproot Travel would stay here again

“Big rigs not recommended”

Reviewed Dec 09, 2018

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We camped here years ago with just a tent, and it was a perfect experience. Beautiful, isolated, and plenty of camp spots in December. A little cold but nothing intolerable. We probably should have stuck with that. We now have a 34’ fifth wheel four years later and wanted to return to Alabama Hills. Finding a suitable camp spot was ... more

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JimJames
Sparks, NV 40' Grand Design Momentum 350M 2017 GMC 3500
24 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: na
“Gloriously Beautiful Boondocking!”

Reviewed Nov 02, 2018

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This place is a must stay boondockers paradise! There are many good spots to set up and enjoy the unique and beautiful scenery. There have been countless movies and TV episodes filmed here and you can recognize many of the locations. Tony Stark blew the whole place up in Iron Man 1. We stayed at Lone Ranger Canyon. This is totally... more

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Robert
Long Beach, CA Ford F-150, 2 wheel drive Wells Cargo trailer 12 ft
19 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 7
Site Number: N/A

Robert would stay here again

“Jackpot!”

Reviewed Oct 03, 2018

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This was my first visit to the Alabama Hills and certainly won't be my last. I arrived on Monday 9/24 and had plenty of choice camping spots to choose from. The weather was perfect; 90's during the day and low 60's at night. Yes, there was wind, it's the desert. As others have said this is a very popular area, even during the week t... more

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Deej1188
16' Airstream Bambi sport 2018 Toyota Tacoma
1 review
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

Deej1188 would stay here again

“Beautiful stopover”

Reviewed Sep 27, 2018

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We were headed up from San Diego to Yosemite and left too late in the day to make it in one shot. We got to Alabama hills about an hour before sunset and found it to be almost empty. Granted it was the middle of the week in early September but the only people we really saw were some tent campers pretty far off. Some cars rolled by the ... more

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Dick Tony
San Gabriel, CA 16' Airstream
41 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
“So much better than nearby campgrounds!”

Reviewed Jun 01, 2018

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Stayed here the Thursday prior to Memorial Day Weekend. We thought it might be crowded due to Mule Days up the road in Bishop, but there were plenty of good spaces to choose from. We cruised Tuttle Creek and Lone Pine Campground, but found that the boondocking sites in the BLM area were better than anything offered at the campgrounds... more

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Hookups:
  • dry camping
  • Dispersed Camping
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
  • pull thru
  • view sites
Pets:
  • pets

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