Central Coast Field Office


Recreation Opportunities




Target Shooting

Target Shooting









Nature Study

Nature Study

The diverse landscapes of the Central Coast Field Office area provide for a variety of recreational opportunities, including: hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails, hunting, and camping.

Visitor service improvements are now complete at the new campgrounds and day use facilities throughout the Central Coast Field Office at Williams Hill, Panoche Hills, Griswold Hills, Fort Ord National Monument, the Laguna Mountain area, Condon Peak, and Tumey Hills.  Visit the Central Coast Field Office ARRA web page to learn about other American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) projects.

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Campfire Permits 

Special Recreation Permits


There are three main types of hunting available, including upland game bird, small game, and big game like deer and wild pigs.  Varmint (non-game) hunting is also allowed.

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.

Geographic Area

Game/Non-Game Animals

 Condon Peak

 Deer, Wild Pig, Upland game birds, Small game

 Curry Mountain

 Upland game birds, Wild Pig

 Griswold Hills

 Upland game birds, Varmints, Small game, (Deer, Wild Pig)

 Joaquin Rocks

 Deer, Wild Pig, Upland game birds, Small game

 Laguna Mountain

 Deer, Wild Pig, Upland game birds, Small game, Varmints

 Panoche Hills

 Upland game birds, Varmints, Small game, (Wild Pig)

 Stockdale Mountain

 Deer, Wild Pig, Small game, Varmints

 Tumey Hills

 Upland game birds, Varmints, Small game, (Deer, Wild Pig)

 Williams Hill

 Deer, Wild Pig, Small game, Varmints

Target Shooting

Target Shooting 

There are no designated target shooting areas in the Central Coast Field Office area, however, Public Lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management are open to target shooting except when prohibited by other applicable laws and regulations.  There is no shooting on the 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:

Use legal weapons and ammunition
Employ a safe backstop (hill) within close proximity behind the target
Remove all your targets, gun shells, clay pigeons, and any and all items used for your target shooting

You may not:

Shoot within 150 yards of residences, structures, or developed areas (i.e. day use areas)
Shoot onto private lands
Shoot across a roadway or trail
Shoot at hazardous materials such as propane tanks or paint cans

There is a supplemental order for Fort Ord National Monument that prohibits the use and discharge of firearms/weapons.   Visit the California BLM Hunting and Target Shooting Information web page and the State of California's Department of Justice (DOJ) Bureau of Firearms information web page.


Dispersed, free, camping is allowed Field Office-wide with the exception of (1) the Serpentine Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) located in the Clear Creek Management Area, and (2) the Fort Ord National Monument located on the Monterey Peninsula; both areas are closed to camping.

Developed camping facilities on BLM land managed by the Central Coast Field Office can be found at:

Campsite at Williams Hill.  Photo by BLM.

Williams Hill - Monterey County

Campsite at Laguna Mountain.  Photo by BLM.

Laguna Mountain & Sweetwater - San Benito County

Campsite at Condon Peak.  Photo by BLM.

Condon Peak - San Benito/Fresno County  

There are also private, state, county or local campgrounds on lands adjacent to the BLM.  Campers should be aware of fire season and other restrictions which affect camping on public lands in the Central Coast Field Office area, particularly in the Panoche and Tumey Hills.

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.

Coalinga Mineral Springs National Recreation Trail   

National Recreation Trail logoTo 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.

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail logo

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.

 Rockhounding/Mineral Collection

Within the boundaries of the lands administered by the Central Coast Field Office, rockhounders can take home petrified wood, interesting rocks and minerals, and invertebrate fossils (animals without backbones such as clams).  For petrified wood, there is a 25 pound/day limit, with a maximum of 250 pounds/calendar year .  Vertebrate fossils (animals with backbones) and cultural artifacts may not be collected without a permit - see our Permits web page for more information.  Since the Panoche, Tumey and Ciervo Hills were all under water millions of years ago, fossil remains of many species may be found.  This is also an area where you can find petrified wood. 

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. 

Nature Study  
  Nature Study 

Wilderness, Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs), and Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs) provide good opportunities to study rare or endangered plant and wildlife species, geological and paleontological features and diverse ecological landscapes.  The natural setting of the lands managed by the Central Coast Field Office are great for activities such as sightseeing, watchable wildlife, birding, stargazing, and wildflower viewing.

BLM's graphic image of the 'pack it in, pack it out' mantra to reduce refuse

Have fun, be safe, and remember to pack out your garbage...Keep America Clean

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Bureau of Land Management
Central Coast Field Office
940 2nd Avenue
Marina, CA 93933
Phone: (831) 582-2200
Fax: (831) 582-2266
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., M-F
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