Devil's Garden Ranger Station And Forest Headquarters - Alturas, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member thebeav69
N 41° 29.436 W 120° 32.679
10T E 704967 N 4596131
Quick Description: Devil's Garden Ranger Station is located along W 8th St and is a newer building, and recently moved from their former location on W 12th St in Alturas, CA.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 11/26/2013 1:35:06 PM
Waymark Code: WMJJXC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bitmapped
Views: 1

Long Description:
The Devil's Garden Ranger Station is a newer building, having relocated from their previous location on W 12th St. The following comes from the Ranger District's website:

The Devil's Garden Ranger District lies in the heart of the Modoc Plateau. The Modoc Plateau is a mile-high expanse of lava flows with cinder cones, juniper flats, pine forests, and seasonal lakes. The plateau is thought to have been formed approximately 25 million years ago. The name Devil's Garden was given to the area when the first European settlers traveled to this region in the 1800's. In contrast, the Native people called the area, "The Smiles of Gods".

In the spring, after the snow melt, the rocky Devil's Garden produces a veritable carpet of wild pink pansies, pink and red owl clover, yellow primroses and pink shooting stars. Purple lupine, yellow mules ear and the shiny green leaves of manzanita complete the rainbow of color that lasts well into the summer.

The Devil's Garden lies directly under the Pacific Flyway. During their migration from Alaska and Canada to Mexico, hundreds of thousands of waterfowl use the wetlands as rest stops. The Garden is also shared by Rocky Mountain elk, mule deer, wild horses and pronghorn antelope. Several of the reservoirs on the district are stocked by the California Dept of Fish and Game with bass or trout.

Four of the 5 developed campgrounds on the Devil's Garden charge no fees for camping, day use or boat launching. Even so, these facilities rarely fill to capacity and are considered the perfect getaway by the few who venture there.


Modoc National Forest
225 West 8th Street
Alturas, CA 96101

Phone: (530) 233-5811

Maps: yes

Website if it is available: [Web Link]

Hours of Operation: Hours: M-F, 8:00 - 5:00

Off Road Directions: Not listed

Permits: Not Listed

Public Restrooms: Not Listed

Trail Conditions: Not Listed

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