The 600,00 acres of public lands managed by the Bakersfield Field Office offer unlimited recreation opportunities. They range from the historic Piedras Blancas Light Station (designated an Outstanding Natural Area) on the coast to the isolated and remote environments in designated Wilderness in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Bakersfield's territory is divided into the Extensive Recreation Management Area (ERMA) and several Special Recreation Management Areas (SRMAs.) The ERMA has dispersed recreation opportunities and primarily custodial management. The SRMAs are the intensively visited and highest priority sites, which are directly managed for the benefits and outcomes they may provide.