BLM Issues Temporary Restricted Access for 2017 King of the Hammers Race


MORENO VALLEY, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will temporarily restrict access to selected public lands within the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Area in San Bernardino County from February 3, 2017, to February 11, 2017, to accommodate the 2017 King of the Hammers desert racing event.

Temporary public land restrictions are implemented to provide for public safety, protect the environment and safely facilitate the event. Registered race spectators, participants, vendors with valid permits and race officials are exempt from the temporary restricted access.

Over 46,000 acres within the Johnson Valley OHV Recreation Area not utilized by the racing event will remain available to the public throughout the restriction period.  The public is reminded to respect regulatory signs and to cooperate with race officials and local law enforcement officers in order to help spectators stay safe and ensure the success of the off-road race.

The 2017 King of the Hammers event is expected to draw over 45,000 spectators.

Detailed temporary restricted access information and a map of the area can be obtained on the BLM website at www.blm.gov/california/king-of-the-hammers or by contacting the California Desert District Office at (951) 697-5200 or the Barstow Field Office at (760) 252-6000.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Release Date

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


Bureau of Land Management, California


Barstow Field Office


Stephen Razo