El Centro Field Office

About El Centro BLM

The Bureau of Land Management, El Centro Field Office is one of five field offices within the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA).  The CDCA was established by Congress through passage of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA).  El Centro Field Office manages 1.4 million acres of public lands spread across two counties: Imperial and San Diego.  Approximately 95% of the BLM ECFO managed lands lie within Imperial County.

Mailing Address:
Bureau of Land Management
El Centro Field Office
1661 South Fourth Street
El Centro, CA  92243

Phone:   (760) 337-4400
Fax:   (760) 337-4490

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:30pm

Field Manager: Thomas Zale

Bureau of Land Management - El Centro Field Office  




  • 20-25 Filming Permits per Year
  • 20-30 Competitive OHV Events per Year
  • 100+ Vending Permits
  • 2000+ Miles of OHV Routes


  • 161,867 population in Imperial County (2007)
  • 1,400,000 Visitor Days per Year
  • 140,000-190,000 Visitors on each of 6 Holiday Weekends at Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area
  • 11,000 Volunteer Hours


  • 9 Threatened or Endangered Species
  • 26 Sensitive Species


  • 100+ NEPA Documents per Year
  • 200,000 ounces of gold produced in the resource area
  • 350,000,000 kilowatt hours of electricity produced from the East Mesa Known Geothermal Resource Area (KGRA) 
  • 700,000 Cubic Yards of Mineral Material Sales