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

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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 Reserves

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

Recreation passes

Special Recreation Permits

Special Recreation Permit Information Booklet - August 2007 (pdf)

A half moon rises above a mountain landscape. Explore your America.

Wilderness 50 years, 1964-2014, Yours: to enjoy, to proetct.

Bureau of Land Management invites public comments on its draft grant applications to the state of California's Off-Highway Motorized Vehicle Recreation Division:

Grant applications will be available online March 4 at

Comments on the applications must be submitted by close of business April 7 to the OHMVR Division at to be considered along with the grant request. 

Quick Facts:

100 miles of public land along eight national wild and scenic rivers

580 miles of public land on four Scenic & Historic Trails

11 million acres for open and limited off-road vehicle recreation

371 recreation partnership agreements in California

More than 9.4 million recreation visits and 3.2 million campers and picnickers