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California Desert District Office
Release Date: 04/25/12
Contacts: David Briery , (951) 697-5220  
  Stephen Razo , (951) 697-5217  
News Release No. CA-CDD-12-43

Jawbone Station Visitor Center Expansion to Open April 28

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the grand opening Saturday, April 28, of the expanded Jawbone Station Visitor Center in Cantil, Calif. (20 miles north of Mojave) on California Highway 14. The center is popular for visitors traveling to the Jawbone Canyon Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Area and the Eastern Sierra alike.

A small travel trailer at the site began dispensing information and first aid in 1982. Today’s 8,000-square-foot complex disburses maps, books, and friendly advice in its 2,000-square-foot educational wing housing interpretive displays, along with a multi-purpose room for onsite audio visual programs and presentations. Additionally, a 6,000-square-foot work-center building gives staff and volunteers from the Friends of Jawbone a base from which to maintain, manage, and enhance recreational opportunities and resources on public lands. And finally, the completion of a shade ramada enables the public to rest and enjoy the stunning view of the El Paso Mountains and surrounding desert in comfort.

Planning for the expansion began more than six years ago when BLM Ridgecrest Supervisor of Outdoor Recreation Craig Beck and Friends of Jawbone President Ed Waldheim began applying for grants and lining up other sources of funding. They received assistance from Kern County, the California Department of Parks and Recreation, and the BLM. 

The public is invited to join in the festivities for the opening beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and continuing to 5 p.m. The ceremony is at 10 a.m. For more information, please contact the BLM Ridgecrest Field Office at (760) 384-5400 or the Jawbone Station Visitor Center at (760) 373-1146.


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Last updated: 06-11-2013