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.

Follow Discover the Desert on the BLM California's website and through @BLMCalifornia social media to learn about special desert places and so much more.

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


DRECP

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: The plan identifies specific development focus areas with high-quality renewable energy potential and access to transmission in areas where impacts can be managed and mitigated.
  • Desert Conservation: Address species, ecosystem and climate adaptation requirements for 37 species and 31 natural communities covered by the plan as well as protection of recreation, cultural, and scenic values, and other desert resources.

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.


America celebrates 
"50 Years of Wilderness"

Wilderness 50  years, 1964-2014, Yours to enjoy, to protect.


Events

Explore Wilderness Areas

Junior Ranger Activities & Adventures
(ages 8 - 18)

Purchase a California Wall Map


Take an online Tour

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


Santa Rosa and San Jacinto
 Mountains National Monument

 

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

Electronic Monument Brochure


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

NEW!!  Stage III Seasonal Fire Restrictions
are in effect for public lands within the
Palm Springs-South Coast Office jurisdiction.
This closure affects many recreational activities,
including camping and recreational shooting. 

Fire Restriction Information with maps


 Important Links   


Our Strength is in Our People - Be a Volunteer -

Group of volunteers remove invasive ice plant at Piedras Blancas Lightstation.


Become a BLM Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities


Help Protect your public lands!  Report resource crimes toll free (888) 233-6518.

Renewable Energy Projects

Palm Springs Solar Information 

Solar Projects

Blythe Mesa Solar Power
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

 
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

 


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
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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.