Barstow Field Office

Barstow Field Office

Amagrosa River Natural Area

Amargosa River Natural Area


Welcome to the Mojave Desert

The Barstow Field region covers an area from the northern boundary of Joshua Tree National Park to the southern boundary of Fort Irwin Military Reservation and from the eastern boundary of San Bernardino National Forest to north of Death Valley Junction, California, as far as the California/Nevada state line.   The desert within this area is vast, about three million acres, and has many unique features. Elevations vary from near sea level, north of Baker, California, to over 6,000 feet, in the Ord Mountains south of Barstow. There are many scenic locations with rough mountains, dry lake beds, and winding canyons. Plants found here include various cactus species and the Joshua Tree, the symbol of the Mojave Desert. Winter days are usually comfortable in the 70 degree F. range (about 20 degree C.), attracting visitors who come to escape colder states. Summer days can be hot and dry, with 110 degree F. (40 degree C.) temperatures common.                                                                   

Discover the Desert

You might be surprised to know that many of your favorite movies are inspired by the majesty of the California desert. The desert's beauty is the perfect setting for film, photography, art, music and other great entertainment.

The desert offers a variety of ways to discover nature, adventure and travel. Opportunities are only limited by your imagination.

The desert shapes the way people live, from the historic travel routes of California's first people to our military to the people who call the desert home today.

Follow Discover the Desert on the BLM California's website and through @BLMCalifornia social media to learn about special desert places and so much more.

In California, BLM manages 11 million acres of unique and diverse desert landscapes rich with recreational, cultural and historical, environmental and archaeological resources.

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The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is an innovative, landscape-level renewable energy and conservation planning effort covering more than 22 million acres in the California desert.

Important Links

2016 OHV Recreation Proposals

Desert Tortoise

Recreation Opportunities

Environmental Documents

Calico Early Man Site

Meteorite Viewing

Special Recreation Permit

CDD Final Supplementary Rules

Dumont Dunes OHV Area

Volunteer Services

Current Western U.S. Weather Satellite Photo

Fire Restriction Information with maps

Desert Advisory Council Subgroups

Desert Advisory Council

Dumont Dunes Subgroup

West Mojave Route Network Project Subgroup

Barstow Spotlight   

Coolgardie EA Public Comment Period

Notice of Proposed Action

Johnson Valley Shared Use Area

Temporary Afton Canyon Campground Closure

Route 66 Corridor Management Plan

Old Spanish Trail Segment Found

Sawtooth Campground Riding Closure

Closure Order      News Release      Closure Map

Silurian Valley Solar Project Rejection

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Renewable Energy Projects

Solar Projects

Soda Mountain Solar

Transmission Projects

Coolwater Lugo

Approved Renewable Energy Projects

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Abengoa Mojave Solar Power
Project is on Private Land with BLM Transmission Component

Other Ongoing Projects

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Bureau of Land Management
Barstow Field Office
2601 Barstow Road
Barstow, CA 92311
Phone: (760) 252-6000
Fax: (760) 252-6098
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
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