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Maps and Publications

General Information
 The following maps are available from the Bureau of Land Management. The maps are sold by Southwest Natural and Cultural Heritage Association in cooperation with BLM.
 The BLM Sacramento Office carries maps for the entire state. District and Field Offices carry maps for their geographic areas. Maps for areas outside of California need to be purchased from the BLM office in that state. 
 If you have questions regarding these maps, please contact BLM Public Information at: (916) 978-4400. Also check out the State Office Map Page for inquiries and orders by phone or mail. 
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Surface and Mineral Ownership Maps:

These maps depict, by color, land ownership. Privately owned lands are shown as well as public lands administered by various Federal agencies. These maps are particularly helpful to hunter, recreationists, and individuals seeking to locate mining claims. The maps are available in two editions: Surface and Surface/Mineral. The cost is $4.00 per map.

The scale is 1:100,000. 

USGS Topographic Maps:

Topographic maps show natural and man-made features of the land. The shape and elevation of the terrain are portrayed by contour lines and features such as roads, towns, and water areas. These maps do not indicate land ownership.
The maps sell for $4.00 each. 

The State Office carries only the 7-1/2 minute quadrangels 
(1:24,000 scale).

California State Map:

The California State map is a large wall size map (5 feet by 4 feet) depicting land ownership patterns for the entire state. It is colored coded to display the boundaries of the many Federally administered lands within the state.
The map sells for $6.00.

Map scale is 1:750,000

California Recreation 2000 Map:

This map shows you the locations of some of our most important BLM recreation areas in the state. Each site is identified with a number surrounded by a specific symbol. Each symbol has also been assigned a color. The color and symbol will direct you to the specific District Office managing the site. In addition, a matrix provides a quick guide to some of the opportunities available in those recreation areas. And on the back of the map, a more detailed description of what you may find in the area.

Free to the public

In addition to the maps listed above, each District and Field Office has brochures available for many recreational sites within their geographic area which are free to the public.  See Other BLM Offices for your specific area of interest and who to contact. Or visit a Field Office near you.