The barren hills in the Mecca Hills Wilderness Area create an interesting pattern across this desert landscape.
Desert cactus in bloom Dos Palmas Windmills at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains Firefighter working a prescribed burn Bighorn Sheep
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Palm Springs - South Coast Field Office

Palm Springs - South Coast Field Office

Point Vicente

Welcome to the home page of the Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office within BLM’s California Desert District. Our jurisdiction extends from the coast to the desert, and includes BLM lands within all or part of four Southern California counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Diego. This covers nearly 1.7 million acres of public lands, of which 1.5 million acres are within the California Desert Conservation Area, and 137,000 acres are within the South Coast Resource Area. The lands we administer include the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, the California Coastal National Monument, and a wide range of habitats and geography and diverse populations of plants, animals and people. The PSSC Field Office encompasses an area with over 20 million residents; the “Inland Empire” is one of the fastest growing regions in the United States; this area is among the highest “biodiversity” regions in the United States. In order to manage the complex biological resources and the diverse uses of the public lands within our jurisdiction, we depend on cooperative conservation efforts and partnerships with a wide variety of agencies.  

To accomplish our mission, our staff includes Field Office and National Monument manager and administrators; lands, minerals, recreation, cultural, biological and resources specialists; interns and volunteers; fire response and fuels management personnel; and law enforcement rangers.  

The major issues and projects we deal with include alternative energy generation and transmission projects, wilderness and habitat conservation planning and management, desert restoration, land use planning, management of two preserves (Big Morongo Canyon Preserve and Dos Palmas Preserve), the Coachella Valley Multi-Species Habitat Conservation and Trails Plan, US/Mexico border lands management, border security, and cross-border conservation initiatives. 

 In the Spotlight:  

Discover the Coast!  Point Vicente and other amazing places on BLM Land  

 Important Links   

Fire Management

fire truck with fire in the background

Fire Program Information

Whitewater Canyon Fire Closure for 2013 -  
Effective May 25, 2013 until lifted

Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains
National Monument


Visitors Center:
51-500 Highway 74
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 862-9984

Electronic Monument Brochure

 National Monument Visitors Center will be closed
April 7 to May 8 for parking lot resurfacing.
See web page for details.

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

Visitors Center:
11055 East Drive
Morongo Valley, CA 92256
(760) 363-7190


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Volunteer Opportunities 

Renewable Energy Projects

                 Palm Springs Solar Information 


Solar Projects

 Palen Solar Electric Generating System
 Riverside East Long Term Monitoring Pilot

Approved Renewable Energy Projects

 Project Name 
 Blythe Solar Power
 Desert Harvest - enXco


Desert Sunlight Solar
 Genesis Solar Power
 McCoy - NextEra
 Rice Solar Energy
Project is on Private Land with BLM Transmission Component
 Devers-Palo Verde No.2 Transmission

Other Ongoing Projects

Project Name


Draft Mecca Hills-Orocopia Mountains Wilderness Management Plan

South Coast Resource Management Plan Revision

Meccacopia Special Recreation Management Area


Palms to Pines Scenic Byway Corridor Management Planning Workshops


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Bureau of Land Management
Palm Springs - South Coast Field Office
1201 Bird Center Drive
Palm Springs, California 92262
Phone: (760) 833-7100
Fax: (760) 833-7199
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
Contact us by Email
Location of Field Office