Howard's Gulch Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Sunshine, green grass, pine trees and Aspen make this spot perfect for campers.

Set back off the highway in a tree lined gulch this campground is a very quiet and pleasant place to spend the weekend or your entire vacation.

A short hiking trail is available for nature viewing as this is one of the several Basin and Range Birding Trail stops within the Modoc National Forest.

A recent dedication of the Highway 139 Auto Tour and Howard's Gulch Interpretive Sites brings an added benifit to this area.  The Auto Tour is just south of the campground on the Howard's Gulch Frontage Road.

Sunshine, green grass, pine trees and Aspen make this spot perfect for campers. A sunny little spot for tent on the grassy area behind the table and fireplace. Green grass surrounds this sunny spot for a tent or small trailer.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 05/2/2019:Open
Reservations: Reservations are not accepted. All sites are first come, first served.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $12 per night
Open Season: Facilities open as weather permits; usually mid-May to late October.
Usage: Light
Busiest Season: July and August
Restrictions: Dogs on leash only. Please clean up after your dog. Camping limit 14 days.
Closest Towns: Alturas, 24 miles
Water: No potable water at this time
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Passes: America the Beautiful Senior and Access passes and Golden Age and Golden Access passes are accepted for half priced camping. Follow the instructions on the bulletin board at the campground entrance to pay fees.
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Warner Mountain Ranger District - 530-279-6116

General Information


From Alturas travel west on Hwy 299 past Canby to Hwy 139. Turn north on Hwy 139 and go 4 miles to the campground entrance on the left.

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