Volcanic Tablelands

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Volcanic Tablelands

California

(760) 872-4881

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Things To Do

Overview

Materials spewing from the Long Valley Caldera formed this extraordinary site over 700,000 years ago. The Volcanic Tablelands is a vast volcanic landscape enjoyed by four-wheelers, bouldering and rock climbers, wildlife viewer, and those who enjoy birdwatching, horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking. Horton Creek Campground and Pleasant Valley Pit are the two campgrounds operated here. Horton Creek Campground has plenty of opportunities for exploring, hiking and sightseeing. The Camping at the Pleasant Valley Pit, which serves winter visitors and is particularly popular with climbers visiting the area, is open from November to early May, has approximately 75 sites and is located .5 miles off of the Pleasant Valley Road. The area is a primitive recreation area with no visitor facilities. Spring, fall, and winter are the best seasons to visit.

Map of Volcanic Tablelands

Latitude, Longitude: 37.437793, -118.486519

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Mountain biking is available on the trails.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Please call the primary phone number for more information.

  • Camping

    Please call the primary phone number for more information.

  • Climbing

    The Volcanic Tableland offers exceptional bouldering opportunities, because of its unique geologic features formed by the cataclysmic volcanic eruption of the Long Valley Caldera 750,000 y.a. which left a highly dissected landscape of Bishop Tuff. Through time, this once barren tableau has evolved to support a unique and fragile environment that takes a keen eye and time to appreciate. The Volcanic Tablelands is situated at the ecological cusp of the Northern Mojave and Great Basin floristic Provinces where plants and associated wildlife species combine to make this an unusual and biologically diverse landscape. It has taken millennia for this environment to evolve and it will take responsible recreational users to preserve it into perpetuity.

  • Hiking

    Horton Creek Campground has plenty of opportunities for exploring, hiking, sightseeing.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding is a great opportunity.

  • Hunting

    Please call the primary phone number for more information.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Four-wheel driving is a popular activity here.

Directions

Driving

The site is located 6 miles north of Bishop, California. From Bishop, take State Highway 6 north to Five Bridges Road, then turn left. Proceed on Five Bridges Road 5 miles until it turns into a dirt road. At the entrance to the area, there is a BLM kiosk that provides map and route information for the Tablelands.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(760) 872-4881

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