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Tungsten Hills

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Other Names

Horton Creek, Deep Canyon, Mcgee Creek

Last Known StatusOpen

This chunk of public land used to be a mining area for Tungsten during WW1 until the early 50's. Mining operations have since ceased but the area has become a popular locals spot for riding dirt bikes and ATVs.

The trails are mostly sandy and smooth and wind through some cool rock gardens but there is a good variety of crusty hill climbs and makeshift motocross tracks to explore. Vegetation is sparse except for the occasional scrub brush and small tree, so bring shade and water.

The trails are open year-round but the best time to visit is during the spring and fall months. Camping is close by at nearby Horton Creek or Browns Millpond Campground.

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Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted year round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesResidents of any state not listed must purchase a Nonresident OHV Use Permit. (AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, IA, ID, IN, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
PermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
2 Stroke EnginesNo RestrictionCA OHMVR restrictions apply
MX Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedvehicles must stay on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails


Tent: $8.00
RV: $8.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Horton Creek Campground Fee


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityBishop, CA
AddressTungsten City Road, Bishop, CA 93514
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From: Bishop, CA
1) Take US-395 north about 5 miles
2) Turn left (south) onto Ed Powers Road, continue about 1 mile
3) Turn right (west) onto Tungsten City Road, continue about 1 mile
4) Staging is on the right (north) side of road.

For Horton Creek Campground:
5) Continue north past on US 395 past Ed Powers Road 1.4 miles
6) Turn left (south) onto Sawmill Road, continue .2 miles
7) Turn right (north) onto S Round Valley Road, continue 4.2 miles
8) Turn left (south) onto Horton Creek Road, continue about 1 mile toward campground entrance.


Contact InfoBLM - Bishop Field Office
351 Pacu Lane, Suite 100
Bishop, CA 93514
(760) 872-5000


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Approx Size6,400 acres (10 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail20
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation4800 to 5951 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has mostly sandy areas.Mostly
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has many small jumps.Many
Large JumpsThis trail has few large jumps.Few
BermsThe trail has many berms.Many
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has some sand or gravel pits.Some
Single TrackThis BLM land has many single track trails.Many
RoadsThis BLM land has few roads.Few
ShadeThis BLM land has few shaded areas.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (E)Bishop Paiute Gas Station (760) 872-1224
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (E)Bishop Paiute Gas Station (760) 872-1224
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (N)Browns Millpond Campground (760) 873-8522
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (N)Browns Millpond Campground (760) 873-8522
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (NW)Horton Creek Campground (760) 872-5000
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (N)Browns Millpond Campground (760) 873-8522
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (E)Bishop Paiute Gas Station (760) 872-1224
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