The Trona Pinnacles is one of the most unusual geological features in the California Desert Conservation Area. The unusual landscape consists of more than 500 tufa spires, some as high as 140 feet, rising from the bed of the Searles Lake. The pinnacles vary in size and shape from short and squat to tall and thin, and are composed primarily of calcium carbonate (tufa) that formed underwater. They now sit isolated and slowly crumbling away near the south end of the valley, surrounded by many square miles of flat, dried mud and with stark mountain ranges at either side.
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Situated at the edge of the Mojave Desert and the toe of the Sierra Mountains, Ridgecrest is a great place to be if you love the outdoors.

There is no such thing as cabin fever in Ridgecrest.  In the winter when the snow is covering the higher elevations and the frozen north, vast expanses of open desert provide recreational opportunities for OHV enthusiasts, rock hounds, or people looking for a quiet wilderness experience (Death Valley National Park is just up the road). About The Ridgecrest Field Office

Discover the Desert

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.

Take an online Tour

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


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.

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Exploratory Drilling of the Dragonfly Placer Claim - Record of Decision (ROD), Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)Public Comments, and Interior Board of Land Appeals procedures pdf

Remediation of Abandoned Mine Land Physical Safety Hazards and Solid Waste Removal at the Gum Tree and Whitemore Mine Sites - Record of Decision (ROD), Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), and Environmental Assessment (EA) pdf

Bronco Resources Decision Record and Revised Environmental Assessment pdf

Rangeland Health Assessment and Determination for the Kelso Peak Grazing Allotment pdf

Exploratory Drilling of Dragonfly Placer Claims Environmental Assessment pdf   

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Grass Valley Fences Environmental Assessment pdf

LaPozz Project Environmental Assessment  / Proposed Location Map

Sand Canyon Environmental Program  pdf

CDD Final Supplementary Rules

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Ridgecrest Field Office
300 S. Richmond Rd.
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Phone: (760) 384-5400
Fax: (760) 384-5499
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., M-F
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