Alturas Recreation Area

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Alturas Recreation Area

California

(530) 233-4666

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Overview

The Alturas resource area encompasses a panorama of diversity, from evergreen forests to rocky lava flows to high desert plains. The recreational opportunities are as varied as the landscape. The visitor can camp in remote settings, hike the emigrant trails that dissect the lands, or watch herds of Pronghorn Antelope and Mule Deer. You can camp almost anywhere in the Alturas Resource Area. There is one established campground, Pit River. A variety of habitats surround the Pit River Campground, including riparian areas, pine/oak woodlands, and upland brush land. The wildlife varies with the landscape, resulting in great bird watching opportunities. Fishing is available in the Pit River, the largest river in Northeastern California River, as well as in several large reservoirs and lakes nearby. Several Indian and settler conflicts, including the Modoc Indian War of 1872/1873, occurred in this region and impart to the area a rich sense of history. The proximity of the Lava Beds National Monument and the Modoc National Wildlife Refuge provide further recreational opportunities. From hiking, camping and fishing to mountain biking and auto tours, this unspoiled country offers it all.

Map of Alturas Rec. Area

Latitude, Longitude: 41.494435, -120.541306

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Activities

  • Boating

    Paddling is a favorite activity on the Pit River. Always be safe on the river and research before jumping in.

  • Bird Watching

    A variety of habitats surround the Pit River Campground, including riparian areas, pine/oak woodlands, and upland brush land. The wildlife varies with the landscape, resulting in great bird watching opportunities.

  • Bicycling

    The Pit River Campground hosts a number of hiking, sight-seeing, and mountain biking activities in the vicinity.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Auto/Motorcycle touring is not available in the park.

  • Camping

    You can camp almost anywhere in the Alturas Resource Area. There is one established campground, Pit River. If you choose to stay outside of an established campground, you will need a campfire permit which is available at any BLM office.

    The Pit River Campground is located on the river near Fall River Mills, California. This isolated area is one of the most unique and aesthetic camping spots around. The campground offers sites with tables, fire rings under large pine, oak, and ash trees. Camping is on a first-come, first served basis, with a limit of 14 days. Reservations are not accepted. To get there from Redding, California, take Highway 299 East toward Burney, California. After Burney, you would go 12 miles east until you see the sign "Pit Power House" road. Follow the signs downhill to the campground.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is available in the Pit River, the largest river in Northeastern California river as well as in several large reservoirs and lakes nearby.

  • Hiking

    Hike the emigrant trails that dissect the lands. The Pit River Campground hosts a number of hiking, sight-seeing, and mountain biking activities in the vicinity.

  • Historic Sites

    Several Indian and settler conflicts, including the Modoc Indian War of 1872-73, occurred in this region and impart to the area a rich sense of history.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding is available.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is not available in the park.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Please call the park for more information on OHV use.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Watch herds of pronghorn antelope and mule deer.

Directions

Driving

The office is located on Highway 299. Call (530) 233-4666 for more information.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(530) 233-4666

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