BLM Mother Lode Field Office temporarily closes Magnolia Ranch


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A lush, green hill covered in purple flowers. Photo by Monte Kawahara/BLM.EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management Mother Lode Field Office will temporarily close the Magnolia Ranch trailhead and parking lot on Feb. 13, for parking lot maintenance and the mornings of Feb. 19-20, while the Wildland Fire Training Center conducts its annual aviation training exercise.

The trailhead will be closed all day on Thursday, Feb. 13, while crews fill potholes in the parking lot with aggregate rock. Outdoor enthusiasts will not be allowed to use the parking lot while the repairs cure.

During the morning hours of Feb. 19-20, the trailhead and some trails will be closed to visitors, while wildland firefighters train with a helicopter.

Magnolia Ranch is located approximately five miles north of the town of Coloma along State Route 49 and the South Fork of the American River. It is on BLM-managed public lands, situated between Cronan Ranch and Greenwood Creek River Access, which will remain open during the road repairs and training.  

The BLM appreciates the public’s patience and understanding during these temporary closures. For more information, please contact the Mother Lode Field Office at 916-941-3101 during normal business hours. For information on the Wildland Fire Training Center in McClellan, visit

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.