Description - The mission of Alturas BLM Field Office is to maintain a healthy ecosystem, which provides a mosaic of vegetation and wildlife habitats, functioning riparian systems, and soil stability. Additionally, the mission is to promote socioeconomic stability within the communities; protect cultural heritage; and provide public services and recreational opportunities.
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The Alturas resource area encompasses a panorama of diversity, from evergreen forests to rocky lava flows to high desert plains. Converging in Alturas is the Pit River, the largest river in northeastern California. It drains this part of the state before entering the Sacramento River at Shasta Lake. The north fork of the Pit starts at Goose Lake, while the south fork begins high in the Warner Mountains.
- The Alturas Field Office offers recreations as varied as the landscape. Visitors can camp in remote settings, hike the emigrant trails that dissect the lands, or watch herds of Pronghorn Antelope and Mule Deer.
Camping is permitted almost anywhere in the Alturas Resource Area. There are four established campgrounds: Pit River, Cindercone, Popcorn, and Dry Creek. If you choose to stay outside of an established campground, you will need a campfire permit which is available at any BLM office. Please be careful: leave your area cleaner than you found it and don't camp in or around wet meadows, springs or creeks. The maximum length of stay is 14 days.
The Blue Door Flat area provides an interesting place to watch waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds, as well as viewing colorful wildflowers. The area is in the transition zone between the Great Basin and the Modoc Plateau, adding to the diversity of species. The view to the east in the fall is dramatic, and one of the best around with the changing vegetation in the South Warners Wilderness of broad open areas with patches of brilliant orange aspens, red brush, and mixed conifer forests.
A rich sense of history pervades the area. Blue Door Flat is a reservoir that was constructed in 1939 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Several Indian and settler conflicts, including the Modoc Indian War of 1872 and 1873, occurred in this region.
The proximity of the Lava Beds National Monument and the Modoc National Wildlife Refuge provide further recreational opportunities.
Recreation - Recreations available in the Alturas area include horseback riding, OHVing, mountain biking, hiking, camping, fishing, auto tours, and wildlife watching.
Climate - Climate in the Shasta-Cascade Region varies greatly with elevation. Higher elevations tend to have much cooler temperatures and higher precipitation. Summer weather is usually hot and dry with lower elevation temperatures ranging from 85 - 100+ degrees F and lows from 60 - 70 degrees F. Autumn days are usually mild and warm, with cool nights. Winter is when most of the precipitation falls, averaging over 55 inches per year, much of it in the form of snow in the high elevations. Highs range from 40 - 60 degrees F and lows from 30 - 40 degrees F in the lower elevations. Spring weather is variable with many pleasant days.
The Alturas Field Office is located within the Shasta-Cascade area including Modoc County.