photo of Cliffside Field Facility

The Amarillo Field Office has two primary missions: Administration of the Federal Helium Program, and management of a 12,000-acre tract of Federal land near Amarillo known as the Cross Bar Ranch. Click below to learn more about each.

In the Spotlight

Public Access to the Cross Bar Management Area:Phase 1: Securing the Easement

Third Federal Helium Auction Generates Nearly $43 Million

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) conducted its third annual auction of Federal crude helium at the Amarillo Field Office, under the terms of the Helium Stewardship Act (Act) of 2013.  The BLM offered a total of 400 million cubic feet (MMcf) from the Federal Helium Reserve near Amarillo, representing 40 percent of the total volume the BLM will make available from the Reserve in Fiscal Year 2017.  The BLM offered the helium in 24 lots ranging from 5-25 MMcf to a diverse array of companies from around the world.  Bids ranged from $105 to $110 per thousand cubic feet, generating a total of $42,840,000 in revenue.

2016 Storage Contract

Helium Plant Sign

Federal Helium Program
The Federal Helium Program, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Amarillo Field Office, is responsible for the conservation and sale of Federally owned helium.



Cross Bar Management Area

Cross Bar Management
The Cross Bar is the only BLM-administered land in the state of Texas. It is a 12,000-acre tract originally purchased by the Federal government in 1931 as part of a program to establish a strategic helium reserve.

Amarillo Planning

There are currently no major planning projects for the Amarillo Field Office

All other planning projects for the Amarillo Field Office


Map of Amarillo Field Office

Amarillo Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
801 S. Fillmore Street, Suite 500
Amarillo, TX  79101-3545

Field Office Manager: Robert Jolley

(806) 356-1000
(806) 356-1041 FAX


Federal Helium Program Contacts