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California Desert District Office
Release Date: 02/12/14
Contacts: Stephen Razo 951-697-5217; email:    
News Release No. CA-CDD-14-27

BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office Hosts Wilderness Hike to Fan Hill

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office will host a series of public hikes to some of Southern California’s most untouched and pristine locations.

The first of the series of hikes will occur this Saturday, February 15 at Fan Hill, which is in close proximity to Sky Valley and Joshua Tree National Park Wilderness. This location offers visitors a unique look at a once booming mining industry in Coachella Valley, along with exciting views of the San Andreas Fault, and an ever-changing sediment deposit known as an alluvial fan.

The hikes are open to the public and are suitable for hikers of all skill levels. Those interested in participating should meet at Thousand Palms Canyon Road, just north of the Dillon Road intersection. The hike will occur from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Hikers should bring plenty of water, sun screen, and a good pair of walking shoes.

The Wilderness Act was signed into law on September 3, 1964, by President Lyndon B. Johnson. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people. Over the past 50 years, approximately 100 million acres has been added to this land preservation system. The 1964 Wilderness Act defines "Wilderness" as areas where the earth and its communities of life are left unchanged by people and where the primary forces of nature are in control.

For additional information about the hikes, please contact Tracy Albrecht, Interpretive Specialist, Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, at (760) 833-7127 or


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