Red Hills Management and Recreation Area

The Red Hills Management Area consists of 7,100 acres (slightly more than 11 square miles) of public land located near the intersection of State Highways 49 and 120, just south of the historic town of Chinese Camp in Tuolumne County.

County-maintained road, dating back to 1849, runs through the heart of the Red Hills.

To protect the fragile biological resources of the area, in 1991 target shooting and off-road vehicle use were prohibited on public land in the Red Hills. A county-maintained road, dating back to 1849, runs through the heart of the Red Hills.

In recent times the Red Hills have mostly been used for recreation. The main recreation uses have been target shooting off-road vehicle driving, camping, hunting, hiking, horseback riding, nature study, wildflower viewing, and hobby prospecting. To protect the fragile biological resources of the area, in 1991 target shooting and off-road vehicle use were prohibited on public land in the Red Hills.

The entire Red Hills Management Area has been designated for the purpose to protect the rare plant species found there, the unusual serpentine soils that provide habitat for unique flora of the area, habitat for the rare minnow known as the Red Hills roach and to protect bald eagle wintering habitat.

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Location

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Latitude: 37.8533733 Longitude: -120.4526424 Elevation: 1043 ft

Recreational Opportunities

The main recreation uses have been target shooting off-road vehicle driving, camping, hunting, hiking, horseback riding, nature study, wildflower viewing, and hobby prospecting.

Seasons Accessible

At 1750' elevation it is accessible all year around.

Fees

Free

ADA Accessibility Notes

No ADA accessibility but some level ground.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets on leash.

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