Howard's Gulch Campground


Area Status: 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: 6/27/2022: Open. Drinking water is not available, system was recently repaired.
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: $15/single campsite $5/additional vehicle
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: Yes
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: Devil's Garden Ranger District - 530-233-5811

General Information

Directions:

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.
 


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Campground Camping

Set back from the highway, this forested campground is an excellent choice for spring and early summer camping. In fall, the variety of trees set the scenery ablaze with color.
 

Reservation Info Reservations are not accepted. All sites are first come, first served.
Fire Information Fires are permitted only in fireplaces provided. Gathering of dead and down wood is permitted.
No. of Accessible sites Some campsites are accessible to persons in wheelchairs with assistance. Some tables and restrooms will accommodate persons in wheelchairs with assistance.
Sleeping Shelter None

RV Camping

The campground road is paved but narrow.  Some turns are tight.  Motorhomes and trailers over 27 feet are not recommended.  Parking spurs are gravel.

No. of Sites 6 single sites
Reservation Info Reservations are not accepted. All sites are first come, first served.
Vehicle Clearence Watch overhead for low hanging branches.
Size Restrictions 27 feet
Fire Information Fires are permitted only in fireplaces provided. Gathering of dead and down wood is permitted.
Pavement Type of Parking Gravel parking.  Paved campground road.
No. of Accessible sites Some campsites are accessible to persons in wheelchairs with assistance. Some tables and restrooms will accommodate persons in wheelchairs with assistance.

Day Hiking

A short trail, appropriate for all ages, loops around the hill behind the campground.  The trail takes you through pine trees, Aspen and in spring, there are several varieties of wildflowers.  The white headed woodpecker can be see here along with dozens of other bird species.

Fire Information Fires are permitted only in fireplaces provided. Gathering of dead and down wood is permitted.

Picnicking

Day use is on a first come, first served basis.  A short drive from Canby, Alturas and Adin makes this spot a great place for that family afternoon picnic.  Day users must vacate by 10:00PM.

Amenities

Interpretive Site:
Camping trailer:
Picnic tables:
Tent camping:
Parking:
Toilets:
Drinking water:

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
41.48583333

  Longitude : 
-120.9688889

  Elevation : 
4,700 feet