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Needles Field Office

Route 66 - Needles, California

Historic Needles California Wagon.  BLM Photo

Needles, California, founded in 1883 with the coming of the railroad, and incorporated October 30, 1913 as a California Charter City.  Needles is a city with a rich and colorful history.

The Mohave people had been living in the area for hundreds, if not thousands, of years prior to the European exploration of the area. In 1859, Fort Mojave was built to protect immigrants to California and other travelers from the Mohave.
Historic U.S. Route 66 passes through the city, lined with motels and other shops from that era. Located on the Colorado River, Needles is a tourism and recreation center, a tradition going back for decades.
Needles, like Death Valley, is known for extreme heat during the summers. Temperatures in Needles routinely reach 120 °F (49 °C) in late July and early August. The Needles weather station is frequently reported by the United State government's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as the site of the highest daily temperature recorded in the U.S. During the hot desert summers, Needles occasionally sets national or world daily high temperature records.

Bureau of Land Management
Needles Field Office
1303 S Highway 95
Needles, CA 92363
Phone: (760) 326-7000
Fax: (760) 326-7099
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., M-F
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Portions of Historic Route 66 are temporarily closed for repairs

Route 66 from Ludlow to Kelbaker Road is now open.  Kelbaker Road to 140 at Mountain Spring Road remains closed.

Follow the San Bernardino County Road Department's repair work on Route 66