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Devil’s Canyon Trail Open for Special Recreation Permit Applications

Section of Devil's Canyon Trail. Photo credits: BLMThe BLM El Centro Field Office is now accepting applications for Special Recreation Permits (SRP) for non-competitive motorized vehicle use of the Devil’s Canyon trail in western Imperial County. This trail is extremely rugged and requires specialized vehicles to navigate the terrain. BLM prepared an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact/Decision Record in August 2010 approving issuance of SRPs for this area.

BLM would issue permits for up to 7 weekends from October 1 to April 30 for up to 15 vehicles per day. The Devil’s Canyon region is habitat for Peninsular Bighorn Sheep. Consequently, BLM worked closely with the US Fish and Wildlife service in determining the timing of these events in order to prevent adverse impacts to Bighorn Sheep.

Information on obtaining a Special Recreation Permit can be found on our website at You can also contact Dallas Meeks at (760) 337-4453 or by e-mail at


CA-670-2007-070Devil's Canyon Environmental Assessment, Finding of No Significant Impact and Decision Record652 Kb03.08.2010