U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
El Centro Field Office
Pilot Knob Long Term Visitor Area (LTVA)
I-8(West from Yuma, AZ/East from El Centro,CA) to Sidewinder Rd.(Exit 164.) South on Sidewider Rd.
The area in and around Pilot Knob is rich in both human and natural history. At one time, Patton's troops trained here in preparation for desert fighting in World War II. A State of California Historic Marker lies on the site of Patton's camp. The marker is located just north of Interstate 8 on Sidewinder Road. The Fort Yuma Indian Reservation borders public lands near Pilot Knob.
Nearest facilities are located in Yuma, AZ, seven miles east of Pilot Knob.
An LTVA permit is required from September 15th through April 15th. There are two types of permits: long term and short visit. The long term permit is $180(U.S. funds only) for the entire season. A short visit permit is $40(U.S. funds only) for 14 consecutive days from date of purchase. Permits may be purchased on site or at:
BLM El Centro Field Office 1661 South Fourth Street El Centro, CA 92243 (760) 337-4400
BLM Palm Springs Field Office 1201 Bird Center Drive Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 833-7100