Bakersfield Field Office

Recreation Opportunities in the South Sierra Area

The South Sierra area extends from the foothills to the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. All four of the Bakersfield Office’s Special Recreation Management Areas are here, as well as the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail and several Wilderness Areas. The South Sierra area offers a variety of recreation opportunities, with activities and sites that attract people with many interests and capabilities.

View of mountains from Chimney Peak Back Country Byway

Chimney Peak Back
Country Byway

View of mountain from Chimney Peak Back Country Byway

Chimney Peak Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA)

Summer scenery with rocks and bushes at Keyesville SRMA

Keyesville SRMA

Sunset on the Pacific Crest Trail

Pacific Crest Trail

View of trees and grass at San Joaquin River Gorge

San Joaquin Gorge SRMA

View of rapids rushing past a boulder at North Fork SRMA 

North Fork SRMA

Rock face in Wilderness area 

Wilderness Areas

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Recreation Activities




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Special Recreation Permits

California State Recreation

Bakersfield Field Office

Recreation Program

Recreation Management

 Recreation Opportunities:
Carrizo Plain 
National Monument

Piedras Blancas Outstanding Natural Area

Point Sal

Recreation Activities:
South Sierra



For additional information,    go to the 
1997 Caliente RMP
(Resource Management Plan)



Contact Information

Outdoor Recreation Planner 


Bureau of Land Management

Bakersfield Field Office

3801 Pegasus Drive

Bakersfield, CA 93308

(661) 391 6000