Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center

Area Status: Open

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center is located at Schulman Grove. Open during the summer only, with interpretive programs, gifts and information. View exhibits and watch a film about the oldest trees on Earth and the researchers who discovered their secrets. Several self -guided trails enable you to explore the forest.

The Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association operates a bookstore at the visitor center, with a comprehensive selection of books and maps of the region. Revenue from sales of these items helps support interpretive programs.

Visitor Programs: During the summer, rangers and staff at the Schulman Grove Visitor Center offer interpretive programs. In spring and fall, programs are available on weekends.

Water: No water fountain or spigot available. Bottled water is available for sale in the bookstore.

Restrooms: open during summer season 

Fees: $3.00 per person with a maximum of $6.00 per car.
Children under 18 are free.
Interagency Passes are accepted.Camping: Grandview Campground is the nearest campground. 

No camping, no overnight parking, no campfires within in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest boundary.


At a Glance

Operational Hours: May-October 31 open Tuesday through Saturday 10-4 with limited operations on Sundays. Closed Monday.  Being in the developed Schulman and Patriarch Groves of the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest National Protection Area after sundown or before sunrise is prohibited. 36 C.F.R & 261.58(1) . Please note we begin our daily closing procedures between 3:30-3:45. 
Reservations: No Reservations
Fees: $3.00 per person with a maximum of $6.00 per car. May-October
Children under 18 are free.
Interagency Passes are accepted.
Open Season: May - October 30
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Fall
Busiest Season: Opening to Fall
Restrictions: Bristlecone and Limber Pine are protected, no collecting.
  • No camping or campfires.
  • Hikers must stay on trails, boardwalks, or decks.
  • No bicycles on trails.
  • Vehicles must stay on established roads.
  • Dogs are allowed on leash.
  • Schulman Grove and Patriarch Grove are day use only (No parking between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.)
Closest Towns: Big Pine, CA, 23 miles (water, gas, food, lodging) Bishop (full service, hospital)
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Passes: America The Beautiful
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: White Mountain Ranger Station (760) 873-2500 or #2503

General Information


We're located 45 minutes from Big Pine, CA on paved roads.

From Highway 395 just north of Big Pine, go east on CA 168 for 13 miles. Turn left (north) on White Mountain Road to the Bristlecone Pine Forest. In 10 miles, you'll turn right to arrive at the Schulman Grove parking lot. This is a winding mountain road with a 6,000 foot elevation gain.

General Notes:

There are no services beyond Big Pine, so fill up on gas and bring water. This area does not have cell phone service, do not depend on cell service for navigation or communication.

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