Public lands in the Golden State offers many recreation opportunities.  Enjoy a leisurely drift in a canoe on a Class II river or an exciting ride on Class IV river for the more experienced white water adventurist.  Camp in serene locations such as the ancient redwood forest of the Headwaters Forest Reserve or the towering desert dunes of the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.  Hike, bike or ride horses on hundreds of miles of trails or experience many of our exceptional off-highway vehicle areas.

BLM public lands are to be enjoyed.  Let's Play in America's Great Outdoors !


Soda Lake in the Carrizo Plains National Monument

Hiking on the Lost Coast

Helpful Information

Backcountry Byways

Bird Watching




Horseback Riding


Mountain Biking

Off-Highway Vehicle Riding

River Recreation

Rockhounding & Gold Panning

Scenic Drives 

Snow Sports

Target Shooting



Wildlife Watching 

Wildflower Watching

Forest Reserve

Major Points of Interest

National Scenic & Historic Trails

National Conservation Lands

National Monuments  

National Conservation Areas

Outstanding Natural Areas

Recreation areas by Field Office

Wild & Scenic Rivers

Wilderness & Wilderness Study Areas


Leave No Trace

My Public Lands Road Trip 2016

Recreation passes

Special Recreation Permits

Special Recreation Permit Information Booklet - August 2007 (pdf)

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My Public Lands Roadtrip

My Public Lands Road Trip 2016, Explore your lands header with BLM logo and scenic pictures of wildflowers, sunsets, rivers, canyons, mountains, and more.

Explore your public lands by activity and interest, from the best camping sites to cool geological processes and formations to ghost towns. Follow the virtual #mypubliclandsroadtrip and plan your own adventures.