Two people stand on a grassy hillside in the King Range Wilderness, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
California Poppies Headwaters Forest Reserve Kayaker enjoying the California Coastal National Monument Headwaters Forest Reserve King Range National Conservation Area
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King Range National Conservation Area The Lost Coast

Welcome to the King Range National Conservation Area

(Established by Congress October 21, 1970, Public Law 91-476)


A spectacular meeting of land and sea is certainly the dominant feature of King Range National Conservation Area (NCA).   Mountains seem to thrust straight out of the surf; a precipitous rise rarely surpassed on the continental U.S. coastline.   King Peak, the highest point at 4,088 feet, is only three miles from the ocean.


The King Range NCA covers 68,000 acres and extends along 35 miles of coastline between the mouth of the Mattole River and Sinkyone Wilderness State Park.  Here the landscape was too rugged for highway building, forcing State Highway 1 and U.S. 101 inland.  The remote region is known as California's Lost Coast, and is only accessed by a few back roads.  The recreation opportunities here are as diverse as the landscape.  The Douglas-fir peaks attract hikers, hunters, campers and mushroom collectors, while the coast beckons to surfers, anglers, beachcombers, and abalone divers to name a few.


Congress once again recognized the uniqueness of the King Range NCA by officially designating 42,585 acres as wilderness under the Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act on October 17, 2006.


The King Range National Conservation Area is a component of the National Landscape Conservation System


We hope you enjoy your visit!   


WARNING: Due to break-ins, DO NOT leave valuables in your vehicles overnight. There has been an increase in bear activity at Miller Flat and Big Flat, please do not feed the bears. Keep food and all scented items locked in your bear canisters when you are not at your camp.

Image of National Conservation Lands, Visit Us sign - links to interactive maps.

As part of the 15th anniversary celebration of BLM's National Conservation Lands, the agency has developed online recreational guides that make it easy for you to connect to these lands. These areas are part of an active, vibrant landscape where people live, work, and play.

The new maps, available for 7 National Conservation Lands units in California, provide interactive navigability for BLM recreation sites and trails, along with photos and site-specific information. Start your experience today!

A hand holds a smart phone that displays a map and information about the King Range National Conservation Area,Two people stand on a beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the background.

Over half of the nation's National Conservation Lands are in California.



Bear Warning!


Birds of the King Range






Education Programs    



                                        Fire Restrictions




Guided Hikes & Lectures


Hiking & Backpacking




King Range Mgmt Plan


Leave No Trace




Mountain Biking


Mushroom Collecting Permits


Natural History




Road Conditions


Shuttle Services


Sinkyone Wilderness

State Park






Trail Conditions



King Range Quick Links

Bureau of Land Management
King Range National Conservation Area Project Office
P.O. Drawer 189
Whitethorn, CA  95589
Phone: (707) 986-5400
Fax: (707) 986-5401
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
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Bureau of Land Management 
Arcata Field Office
1695 Heindon Road
Arcata, California 95521-4573
Phone: 707-825-2300       
Fax: 707-825-2301 
Office Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
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