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California BLM Closes Land Due To COVID-19

With the world in a state of a pandemic, off-roaders are being affected more and more each day. One of the latest closures to affect California hits the BLM land in the state.

BLM had already issued warnings like this prior to the closures.

The BLM is temporarily closing developed campgrounds and developed recreation sites in the Northern California District, Central California District, and California Desert District. A statement on the BLM website says:

The health and safety of our visitors and staff remains the number one priority of the Bureau of Land Management. In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and with the Governor’s shelter in place order, the BLM temporarily closed all developed campgrounds and developed recreation sites in California, to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

This is no joking matter at Rangers have been enforcing this in multiple areas. Any person who violates this may be tried before a United States Magistrate and fined in accordance with 18 U.S.C. 3571, imprisoned for no more than 12 months, or both.

We hope that the virus passes soon and California residents can get back in the sand or on the trail doing what they love. Check out the list of closures below:

Barstow Field Office 

  • Afton Canyon Campground 
  • Borehole
  • Desert Discovery Center 
  • El Mirage Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area
  • Owl Canyon Campground 
  • Sawtooth Canyon Campground 

El Centro Field Office 

  • Cottonwood West and East Campgrounds 
  • Hot Springs Day Use Area (including parking lot, tubs and pool) 
  • Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area – the following sites within the recreation area are closed:  
    • All campgrounds and areas adjacent to Gecko Road (including Cement Flats, all camping pads, Gecko Campground, Keyhole Campground, and Roadrunner Campground) 
    • Osborne Overlook Day Use and Camping Area 
  • Lark Canyon Off-Highway Vehicle Day Use Area 
  • Lark Canyon Upper and Lower Campgrounds

Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office 

  • Big Morongo Preserve 
  • Coachella Valley Preserve 
  • Coon Hollow Campground 
  • Corn Springs Campground 
  • Dos Palmas Preserve 
  • Painted Canyon (restrooms only) 
  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center 
  • Wiley’s Well Campground 

Ridgecrest Field Office 

  • Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area 
  • Dove Springs OHV Area
  • Fossil Falls Campground 
  • Jawbone Canyon OHV Area

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