U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Central Coast Field Office|
Check the table below to find publicly accessible places which support different types of hunting. Animals listed in parenthesis indicate that success for that species is marginal or extremely marginal.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife regulates the hunting seasons for different species and the types of firearms allowed for use. Please be aware that this region is home to the California Condor and affects non-game hunting AND there is no hunting on Fort Ord National Monument.
There are no BLM Public Lands administered by the Central Coast Field Office within 150 miles of San Francisco that are publicly accessible for target shooting. We suggest visiting the National Shooting Sports Foundation website to find a range that is open to the public or visit the Santa Clara County Field Sports Park Shooting Range in San Jose that is managed by the County of Santa Clara.
While target shooting on BLM lands you must:
Developed camping facilities on BLM land managed by the Central Coast Field Office can be found at:
If you create a campfire outside of a fire ring at one of the established campgrounds on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management you will need a campfire permit. Campfire permits are free of charge and may be obtained from any BLM or U.S. Forest Service office in California or online.
The best mountain biking opportunities are on the Fort Ord National Monument. This area offers challenges for both the novice and experienced mountain biker. Several annual mountain bike races are held on BLM land with participation ranging from 500 to 2,500 riders.
Most of the Field Office area is accessible to equestrian use but some of the best developed riding opportunities are on the Fort Ord National Monument near Monterey providing 86 miles of old fire roads and trails. If you would like to learn more about riding opportunities on former Fort Ord call the Fort Ord National Monument Office at (831) 394-8314.
With the exception of the large network of trails available on the Fort Ord National Monument in Monterey County, there are very few miles of built hiking trails in the resource area. One special trail is the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. Other notable exceptions include the Laguna Mountain trail system, the Coalinga Mineral Springs National Recreation Trail, and the Griswold Hills trail. There are many places to explore throughout the Field Office area that offer "off the trail" hiking.
To find this trail you need to take the Coalinga Mineral Springs County Park exit off of State Highway 198. Leave your vehicle there and walk to the far end of the park, cross the creek, and you will see a trail heading up and out of the park. Climbing gently at first, the second half of this National Recreation Trail climbs fairly steeply through a series of switchbacks. Views are wonderful through the 2.4 mile hike, particularly when you reach the upper ridge leading to Kreyenhagen Peak. There is no water along the trail so bring plenty to drink and there are no facilities at the County Park so follow Leave No Trace standards and pack out your garbage.
Access to this trail for BLM starts at the Creekside Access point on the Fort Ord National Monument, located on the north side of State Highway 68. Across from the access point and south of the highway is Toro Creek County Park, a tie-in point to the rest of the Anza Trail that stretches from Sonora, Mexico, to San Francisco, California. The Anza NHT commemorates the route used for an expedition led by Juan Bautista de Anza in 1775-1776 AD. The route was established as an overland trade and colonization entrada into Spain's newly acquired Alta California. Most of the historic trail follows the explorers' pathway as translated from the journal entries recorded by various members of the expedition. Eleven miles of the Trail can be enjoyed on Fort Ord National Monument, winding through maritime chaparral, oak woodland, and open grasslands.
The Clear Creek Management Area is open by permit only. Visit the Clear Creek Recreation web page for more information. Home to the extremely rare California State Gem - Benitoite , there are also over 100 other different types of gems and minerals inside the Clear Creek Management Area like jadeite, melanite garnet, chromite, magnesite and plasma agate. Please be aware that the unique geology of this area includes a natural hazard of asbestos which is found in much of the soil.
Have fun, be safe, and remember to pack out your garbage...Keep America Clean