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.


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.


In the Spotlight

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   

National Recreation Trails logoSecretary Jewell Announces Designation of 28 National Recreation Trails in 18 States - includes the Nadeau National Recreation Trail

Grass Valley Fences Environmental Assessment pdf

LaPozz Project Environmental Assessment  / Proposed Location Map

Sand Canyon Environmental Program  pdf

CDD Final Supplementary Rules


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


Frequently Requested


Wild Horse and Burro Program


Renewable Energy Projects

Solar Projects

RE Cinco Gen-tie Project
 
 

Wind Projects

Alta East
Tylerhorse 
 
 

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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