Description - The Palm Springs - South Coast Field Office manages approximately 1.7 million acres of public land. The acreage is spread over 9.5 million acres in five geographic segments of southern California, each with their own issues and management emphasis. Because the Palm Springs South Coast Field Office is responsible for public lands in the urban interface where the growth is occurring, the management of those lands directly affects the quality of life for the large and growing population of southern California. In addition, the Palm Springs South Coast Field Office manages some of the most accessible desert recreation and wilderness available to these people.
- Big Morongo Canyon Scenic Area is one of the 10 largest cottonwood and willow riparian habitats in California protecting an array of rare and endangered wildlife. The area is well known among the birding community, which has area counts totaling 235 species.
Bradshaw Trail is a 70-mile dirt trail that traverses mostly public land and offers spectacular views of the Chuckwalla Bench and the Orocopia, Chuckwalla and Mule Mountains. This and the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area offer varied landscape punctuated by rocky hillsides and open valleys. Coon Hollow and Wiley's Well campgrounds offer limited amenities for trailblazers enjoying Bradshaw Trail. Sites are first-come, first-served. These two campgrounds are located within the Mule Mountain Long Term Visitor Area, where every year thousands of campers come to enjoy the warm temperatures, natural beauty and recreational opportunities for up to 7 months. Another Long Term Visitor Area is Midland, located eight miles north of Blythe.
Recreation - Recreational opportunities available in this area include OHV use, bird watching, wildlife viewing, wilderness backpacking, long-term and short-term camping, rock collecting, rock climbing, horseback riding, nature photography, scenic driving, and more.
Climate - A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails over Southern California - inland it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. Coastal areas have a more moderate climate with frequent fog in the summer. Most of the precipitation comes as rain during the winter months. The best seasons to visit are spring and fall. Summer are usually hot and winters are cold with occasional snow. Dress appropriately.
The Palm Springs South Coast Field Office is located along the coast encompassing Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego, as well as an inland portion stretching to the deserts.