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With more than 700 square miles of public lands, Alpine County includes portions of the Humboldt-Toiyabe, Stanislaus, and Eldorado National Forests, and the Mokelumne and Carson-Iceberg Wildernesses. Additional lands are managed by the Bureau of Land Management, California State Parks, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. This incredible region offers a wide variety of mountain and water based recreation. Hiking, fishing, camping, skiing, rafting, cycling, and OHV use are just a few of the many activities available. For more information, contact the agencies below:
Campfire Permits: Campfire permits can be obtained at the Alpine County Visitor's Center in Markleeville. Permittees need only their valid driver's license/ID.
Christmas Tree Permits: Permits to cut Christmas trees on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest are available for purchase from beginning Nov. 1, or the first business day thereafter, thru Dec. 24 . In Alpine County, permits can be purchased at the Markleeville General Store. Click here for more information, and to download the tree cutting vicinity maps for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.
Sno Park Permits: SNO-PARK permits are required for the upcoming season beginning November 1, 2021 through May 30, 2022 and are currently only available for purchase through the State of California's online vendor. Click here for more information.
Wilderness Permits: Wilderness Permits are not currently available at the Visitor's Center. For information on obtaining one, visit the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest website.
For additional information, contact:
Alpine County Visitor's Center:
PO Box 265, #3 Webster Street
Markleeville, CA 96120
The Tamarack Fire started on July 4, 2021 as a result of lightening. On July 16, due to severe drought and wind conditions, the fire erupted, ultimately burning over 68,000 acres of National Forest, Wilderness Areas, Bureau of Land Management, and nearly consumed the communities of Markleeville, Woodfords, Hung a lel ti, Shay Creek, Marklee Village, and Crystal Springs.
The towns and the majority of structures were saved, with the exceptions of a few homes , National Parks and USFS structures, and some campgrounds including Indian Creek and Turtle Rock Park. Numerous trails are in need of reconstruction before they will be safe for public use. Furthermore, the town of Markleeville and surrounding communities are still without phones or internet.
Business: Businesses in the town of Markleeville have reopened on a cash-only basis until phones and internet are restored. Some can accept Venmo if you have cell service through your phone carrier. We encourage you to visit these businesses and show them your support; they are the lifeblood of the community providing jobs, entertainment, enhancing our townscape and creating a sense of community.
Events: Alpine County is OPEN, and we only ask our visitors to show up prepared to acknowledge the current status of COVID regulations in the State of California, and to come prepared to recreate responsibly. Check out our events page for upcoming activities.
Camping: While a few campgrounds in the County are temporarily closed due to fire damage (or being lcoated within the burn area), most are still open. For a list of campgrounds visit our camping page and scroll down until you see the area of the County that you would like to visit.