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

Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM.

You might be surprised to know that many of your favorite movies are inspired by the majesty of the California desert. The desert's beauty is the perfect setting for film, photography, art, music and other great entertainment.

The desert offers a variety of ways to discover nature, adventure and travel. Opportunities are only limited by your imagination. 

The desert shapes the way people live, from the historic travel routes of California's first people to our military to the people who call the desert home today.

In California, BLM manages 11 million acres of unique and diverse desert landscapes rich with recreational, cultural and historical, environmental and archaeological resources.


The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is an innovative, landscape-level renewable energy and conservation planning effort covering more than 22 million acres in the California desert.

The plan has two broad sets of goals:

  • Renewable Energy and Transmission
  • Desert Conservation

The DRECP is a collaborative effort between the BLM, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Energy Commission, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Take an online Tour

Can't make it to the California Desert? Take an online tour of the spectacular California Desert.


Palm Springs Spotlight

Public Invited to Provide Input
for OHV Grant Proposals

Campfire Permit

Santa Rosa and San Jacinto
 Mountains National Monument


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

Electronic Monument Brochure

Proposed Land Exchange
between Agua Caliente and BLM

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

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

Fire Management

fire truck with fire in the background

Fire Program Information

Stage III Seasonal Fire Restrictions
are NOW LIFTED for public lands within the
Palm Springs-South Coast Office jurisdiction.

Please be safe as you conduct your
recreational activities,
including camping and recreational shooting. 


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Volunteer Opportunities

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Renewable Energy Projects

Palm Springs Solar Information 

Solar Projects

Blythe Mesa Solar Power
Desert Quartzite Solar Project
Palen Solar Electric Generating System
Riverside East Long Term Monitoring Pilot

Transmission Projects

West of Devers

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


Agua Caliente Land Exchange  


Eagle Mountain Land Exchange supplemental environmental impact statement

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. - 4:00 p.m., M-F
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The Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office has  jurisdiction 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.