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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About Ridgecrest BLM

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The Bureau of Land Management, Ridgecrest Field Office is one of five field offices within the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA).  The CDCA was established by Congress through passage of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA). 

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). 

In the summer when the desert temperatures are a little on the warm side, head to the mountains for breathtaking hikes (ever heard of the Pacific Crest Trail) and world class trout fisheries.  Is bass fishing is what you prefer, Lake Isabella, one of California's premiere warm water fisheries is just around the corner.  Did you know the highest point and the lowest point in the continental United States are with in a short drive or Ridgecrest?  (Mt. Whitney is the highest and Death Valley is the lowest.)  If you are looking for a central location to all kinds of outdoor recreational opportunities, Ridgecrest is your place.


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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