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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.

Attractions - 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.

Location - 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.

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Contact Information:
Palm Springs South Coast Field Office, 690 Garnet Ave, P.O. Box 1260 , Palm Springs, CA, 92258, Phone: 760-251-4800, Fax: 760-251-4899

Additional Information:
California BLM Areas - The Bureau of Land Management manages 14.5 million acres of public land in California. The area includes sagebrush plains, old-growth forests, Pacific coastline, lush riparian areas, and arid high deserts.
Desert Region - The Desert Region encompasses the southeast corner of California. It features Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks. The region is studded with glittering yet relaxing resort cities, offers the ideal spot for re-energizing your senses.
Inland Empire Region - The Inland Empire lies between the coast and the deserts of Southern California. The Inland Empire offers soaring mountains, alpine lakes, historic sites, lush vineyards and colorful entertainment.
Los Angeles County - Los Angeles County stretches over 4,000 square miles, encompassing high deserts, sparkling beaches, snowy peaks, and meandering megalopolis.
San Diego County - With its rich Hispanic heritage, temperate climate, deep sea habors, sandy beaches and a variety of fun-filled attractions, San Diego County is quintessential California.

Palm Springs South Coast BLM Field Office - Official agency website.


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