The Bakersfield Field Office territory is geographically divided into three distinct regions, each offering a unique and interesting landscape for recreation, and although basic opportunities for recreational activities are similar, the outcomes and experiences achievable within each region vary.
The Coast Management Area
offers some of the most unique experiences for wildlife watching and historical interpretation in the agency. The coast is generally mild all year, seasonally moist and sometimes foggy. Public lands in this region are woven through a mixture of National Forest, State Parks and Private Property, allowing visitors ample opportunities for many recreational activities. Highlights in this region include visiting the Piedras Blancas Light Station at the Piedras Blancas Outstanding Natural Area for a tour of the historic light house, enjoying the scenic views of the California Coastal National Monument and catching a glimpse of Elephant Seals and California Sea Otter along the shoreline.
is best known for its agricultural lands and oilfields, however recreation opportunities from Off-Highway Vehicle touring, to wildlife viewing and hunting can still are found. The valley has hot dry summers with long sunny days. In winter the area is moist and often blanketed with heavy fog. Public lands in this region include the Carrizo Plain National Monument and the Atwell Island restoration project, both offering exceptional opportunities for watchable wildlife.
|The Valley Management Area|
is best known for its National Parks and Forests; however plenty of recreational experiences are ready to be had within the National System of Public Lands. The climate here varies greatly from hot dry summers and mild rainy winters in the foothills to cold and snowy winters and cool summers at higher elevations. It’s in this region the best opportunities for unconfined recreation, solitude and isolation can be found in one of the many congressionally designated Wilderness Areas. Other highlights of the region include the Pacific Crest Trail, Whitewater rafting the Kern River and the Keyesville and San Joaquin River Gorge Special Recreation Areas.
|The South Sierra Management Area |