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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Rand Mountain Management Area

Rand Mountains Management Area Education and Permit Program

The Rand Mountains include prime habitat for the threatened Desert Tortoise. The BLM is required by law to protect the Desert Tortoise and to take any and all measures to insure its protection. This protection is extended to any activity that may endanger the Desert Tortoise or harm its habitat. This can include complete closure of habitat areas. Your help and compliance with a few rules will keep the Desert Tortoise safe and areas open for your recreation.

Rand Mountain Management Area Use Rules:

  • The area inside the fenced boundary is a Limited Use Only Area. A legal route is one that is marked with a brown numbered post.
  • You are in violation if you ride non posted routes, cross country, hill climb or if you are behind a red post.
  • Riding through a fence cut or around a fence is also a violation.
  • Camping is allowed only in designated areas.
  • Target shooting is prohibited.
  • Hunting is allowed during upland gamebird season with shotguns only.
  • Hunters must have a valid California hunting license in possession.

The Rand Mountain area is located near the town of Randsburg, one of the many small mining communities. Please ride responsibly when near the town of Randsburg or other small mining communities. Please keep your speed down and noise under control.

Additionally, the Rand Mountain area shares a common boundary (PDF File, 413 K) with the Desert Tortoise Natural Area. If you find a Desert Tortoise, please respect it. Take pictures try to stay away at least 20 feet. Do not handle the Tortoise unless it is in immediate danger. If the tortoise is startled it may void its bladder and can die of dehydration. Any activity that causes harm to a tortoise or possession of a tortoise, remains or destruction of habitat is a violation of the Endangered Species Act. Violations will be treated accordingly. Never return a domestic tortoise to the wild.

Additional information pertaining to the Western Rand Interim Closure is provided for the public land user.

Tips for a Trouble Free Visit:

  • Always ride with a partner, whenever possible, know where you are going and have a map. Leave a riding plan in camp, check your fuel, have water with you before departing. Remember it is your responsibility to know where you are riding. Always be on the lookout for other riders and when riding in or around camping areas be on the lookout for the junior riders.
  • Cell phone coverage is limited in some areas.
  • If you camp, remember to "Pack it Out" and leave the area cleaner than you found it. If you have a campfire, and use scrap wood with any metal, please clean out the fire ring prior to your departing. It could be your tires that pick up the nails and get the next puncture.
  • The Rand Mountain Area has many historic, prehistoric archaeological sites and mine sites scattered across the desert. Please respect these sites, enjoy them, but leave artifacts where they are found and do not explore abandoned mine shafts, they can be very dangerous.
  • The BLM encourages all recreationists and travelers exploring public lands, not only within southern California but throughout the west to use propylene glycol based antifreeze/coolant in their touring and recreation vehicles. Proven safer, it will have minimal impacts on both the wildlife and the environment should a leak occur. Please help BLM protect our desert wildlife. . .and their fragile desert environment!
  • The Rand Mountain area is a popular upland gamebird area and during the established hunting seasons, the BLM is encouraging all hunters to use lead free non-toxic shot and bullets. Proven safer, nontoxic shot significantly reduces the risks of accidental lead poisoning of wildlife and will have minimal impacts on the environment.