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.


DRECP

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.

The plan has two broad sets of goals:

  • Renewable Energy and Transmission: The plan identifies specific development focus areas with high-quality renewable energy potential and access to transmission in areas where impacts can be managed and mitigated.
  • Desert Conservation: Address species, ecosystem and climate adaptation requirements for 37 species and 31 natural communities covered by the plan as well as protection of recreation, cultural, and scenic values, and other desert resources.

The DRECP is a collaborative effort between the BLM, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Energy Commission, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.


Important Links

Desert Tortoise

Recreation Opportunites

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     

 Amargosa Trail Improvements

Silurian Solar Project Public Meeting Notice

Route 66 Corridor Management Plan

Level 3 Fiber Optic Expansion Project
Finding of No Significant Impact and Decision Record

Old Spanish Trail Segment Found

Twentynine Palms Land Acquisition Project  

Sawtooth Campground Riding Closure

Closure Order      News Release      Closure Map
 


America celebrates 
"50 Years of Wilderness"

Wilderness 50  years, 1964-2014, Yours to enjoy, to protect.


Events

Explore Wilderness Areas

Junior Ranger Activities & Adventures
(ages 8 - 18)

Purchase a California Wall Map


Renewable Energy Projects

Solar Projects

Soda Mountain Solar
 
 

Transmission Projects

Coolwater Lugo
 

Approved Renewable Energy Projects

 Project Name

                 

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


Other Ongoing Projects

Project Name


Help Protect Your Public Lands! Report Resource Crimes Toll Free (888) 233-6518

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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