Ridgecrest Field Office

Ridgecrest Field Office

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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.

In the Spotlight

Robber's Roost RECinco Fence Decision Record and Finding of No Significant Impacts (FONSI)

BLM has approved a Revised Decision Record (DR) and Revised Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Dragonfly drilling exploration project. Protests/appeals from affected interests will be taken until December 3, 2015. Please reference the Revised Exploratory Drilling of Dragonfly Placer Claims Environmental Assessment, Public Comments, and Interior Board of Land Appeals procedures

WEMO Programmatic Agreement
Final Draft September 2015

Scoping Notice
News Release
Programmatic Assessment of Small Mining Operations

Red Mountain Closed Route Restoration EA
Send comments and requests for copies of Appendices to Catherine Irwin (Ridgecrest Field Office) at cirwin@blm.gov. Address comments by July 20, 2015.

Red Mountain Closed Route Restoration EA
Decision Record

Red Mountain Closed Route Restoration EA
Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

South Park Canyon Road Rehabilitation and Bridge Removal EA, FONSI and DR.
Address comments by June 5, 2015 to Lynnette Elser at lelser@blm.gov or California Desert District, 22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553. 

Frequently Requested

Wild Horse and Burro Program

Cover of My Public Lands, Destination 2015. Download your free e-book here.


Renewable Energy Projects

Solar Projects

RE Cinco Gen-tie Project

Wind Projects

Alta East

Geothermal Projects

Haiwee Geothermal Leasing Area

Transmission Projects

Barren Ridge

Other Ongoing Projects

Project Name

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Bureau of Land Management
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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