Agency Offices/Contacts

BLM – Ridgecrest Field Office
There is no such thing as cabin fever in Ridgecrest. In the winter, when snow is covering the higher elevations, open deserts provide recreational opportunities for OHV enthusiasts, rock collecting, and people looking for a quiet wilderness experience. In the summer, when the desert temperatures rise, head to the mountains for breathtaking hikes and world class trout fishing. Lake Isabella, one of California’s premiere warm water fisheries, is just around the corner. Mt. Whitney and Death Valley, the highest and the lowest points in the contiguous United States, are within a short drive of Ridgecrest.

300 South Richmond Road
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
(760) 384-5400 visit: blm.gov/california

Eastern Kern County Onyx Ranch State Vehicle Recreation Area (SVRA)
Eastern Kern County Onyx Ranch SVRA, located between Jawbone Canyon and Dove Springs, is the second largest SVRA in the state. In 2015, the California State Park’s Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division acquired approximately 25,000 acres of private property here for the sole purpose of OHV recreation. Its parcels are interspersed among BLM managed lands in a checkerboard fashion. So as to minimize confusion, the BLM’s rules regarding recreational uses have been temporarily adopted for this SVRA land. OHV travel in the SVRA is limited to the designated trail system, except when in the Dove Springs and Jawbone Canyon OHV Open Areas.

46001 Orwin Way
Gorman, CA 93243
(661) 248-7008 visit: ohv.parks.ca.gov

Red Rock Canyon State Park
Red Rock Canyon State Park features scenic desert cliffs, buttes, and spectacular rock formations. The park is located at the southernmost tip of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Each canyon is unique, with dramatic shapes and vivid colors. Following wet winters, the park’s wildflower displays are especially stunning. The beauty of the desert, combined with the geologic features, make this park a favorite camping destination. Some wildlife you may encounter include road runners, hawks, lizards, mice, squirrels, and snakes. Be Careful!

On Hwy 14, near Cantil, on Abbott Drive
(661) 946-6092 visit: parks.ca.gov

Sequoia National Forest
Sequoia is one of nineteen national forests in California. It takes its name from the giant sequoia, the world’s largest species of tree, which grows in more than 30 groves on the forest’s lower slopes. Hikers, off-highway vehicle users, and horseback riders have over 1,500 miles of maintained roads, 1,000 miles of abandoned roads, and 850 miles of trails in the forest available for their use and enjoyment. Other points of interest in the forest include: Hume Lake, Chicago Stump, Cannell Meadow Station, Kern River, Kings River, Dome Rock, and the Needles.

Kern River Ranger District- KERNVILLE
105 Whitney Road
Kernville, CA 93238
(760) 376-3781 visit: fs.usda.gov

Kern River Ranger District – LAKE ISABELLA
4875 Ponderosa Drive
Lake Isabella, CA 93238
(760) 379-5646 visit: fs.usda.gov

Sequoia National Forest Supervisor’s Office
1839 South Newcomb Street Porterville, CA 93257
(559) 784-1500 visit: fs.usda.gov/sequoia

Local Offices

California City Chamber of Commerce
8001 California City Boulevard California City, CA 93505
(760) 373-8676

Ridgecrest Area Visitors Bureau
139 Balsam Street, Suite 1700 Ridgecrest, CA 93555
(800) 847-4830

Keep Our Desert Beautiful

Please respect the natural and historic landmarks found here. Leave No Trace; do not litter, loot, or vandalize, and report any such activities to law enforcement. Please respect all fences and no trespassing signs. Enjoy our desert lands responsibly and respectfully.

Dedicated to Ed Waldheim

Man standing next to dirt bike

Founder of the Friends of Jawbone (FOJ)

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