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California Desert District

California Desert District

Sands of War title image

Watch the PBS broadcast of Sands of War this Memorial Day 
or pick up a DVD at participating locations.

Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM.

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.

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

Take an online Tour

Can't make it to the California Desert? Take an online tour of the spectacular California Desert.


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.

CDD Spotlight  

 Silurian Solar Project Public Meeting Notice

Route 66 Corridor Management Plan

BLM Imperial Sand Dunes Record of Decision and Recreation Area Management Plan

ISDRA Final Business Plan

Campfire Permit



Explore Wilderness Areas

Junior Ranger Activities & Adventures
(ages 8 - 18)

Purchase a California Wall Map

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

              Important CDD Links


 Desert Advisory Council (DAC)

       Fire Restrictions
       Desert Tortoise
       Frequently Asked Questions

 Special Recreation Permits


 Final Supplementary Rules


 Land Use Planning


 West Mojave Plan (WEMO)


 West Mojave Route Network

     Hazardous Materials Program












Wild Horse and Burro

A horse standing in the corrals with a long mane.


Molycorp Nuisance Gather
Letter of Intent
Record of Decision/CX

Ridgecrest Regional Corrals

Schedule of Adoptions

Upcoming Adoption


Abandoned Mine Lands

An abandoned mine opening with a gate blocking the entrance.

Abandoned Mine Lands (AML)

About AML

Public Safety

Bats and Mines


Fire / Aviation

A wildfire with arge flames and black smoke.

Fire Management

Ridgecrest Field Office Barstow Field Office Needles Field Office Palm Springs/South Coast Field Office El Centro Field Ofifce

Our Strength is in Our People - Be a Volunteer -

Group of volunteers remove invasive ice plant at Piedras Blancas Lightstation.

Become a BLM Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

Renewable Energy Projects

Renewable Energy Program Information



  Western Solar Plan Variance Projects

Silurian Valley Solar (Aurora Solar) 



  Solar Projects

Field Office

Blythe Mesa PowerPalm Springs
Desert Quartzite Solar ProjectPalm Springs

Ocotillo Sol

El Centro

Palen Solar Electric Generating SystemPalm Springs
RE Cinco Gen-Tie ProjectRidgecrest
Soda Mountain SolarBarstow

Stateline Solar Farm



  Wind Projects

Field Office





  Geothermal Projects

Field Office

Haiwee Geothermal Leasing AreaRidgecrest



 Transmission Projects

Field Office

Coolwater Lugo


West of Devers

Palm Springs


Planning Efforts

Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) 
Solar Programmatic EIS 

West Chocolate Mountains REEA

El Centro

              Approved Renewable Energy Projects

Solar Projects

Field Office

Abengoa Mojave
Project is on Private Land with BLM Transmission Component


Blythe Power

Palm Springs

Campo Verde Solar
Project is on Private Land with BLM Transmission Component
El Centro

Project is on Private Land with BLM Transmission Component

El Centro

Desert Harvest - enXcoPalm Springs

Desert Sunlight

Palm Springs


Palm Springs

Imperial Solar Energy Center (CSolar) South 
Project is on Private Land with BLM Transmission Component

El Centro

Imperial Solar Energy Center (CSolar) West 
Project is on Private Land with BLM Transmission Component

El Centro

Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS)


McCoy - NextraPalm Springs

Rice Solar Energy 
Project is on Private Land with BLM Transmission Component

Palm Springs



Wind Projects 

Alta East


Ocotillo Express

El Centro

Tule Wind Energy / ECO Substation Project

El Centro


Geothermal Projects

Field Office

Truckhaven Geothermal Leasing Area

El Centro



Transmission Projects

Field Office

Barren Ridge


Devers-Palo Verde No.2

Palm Springs

Eldorado Ivanpah


Sunrise Powerlink Project

El Centro

Bureau of Land Management
California Desert District
22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos
Moreno Valley, CA 92553
Phone: (951) 697-5200
Fax: (951) 697-5299
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., M-F
Contact us by Email

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Unique within the BLM, the California Desert District was created to protect the natural, historic, recreational and economic riches of the diverse and scenic California Desert. Designated as the California Desert Conservation Area by the U.S. Congress, the California Desert District is responsible for protecting and preserving nearly 11 million of its 25 million acres.