Stage III Fire Restrictions Now in Effect in BLM Desert District

"Despite heavy winter rains, restrictions are needed due to current hot and dry weather conditions and an abundance of dry grass that could be easily ignited." - California Desert District Manager Beth Ransel.

The BLM & other agencies have increased fire restrictions for parts of the California Desert District, including the Jawbone Canyon area. Stage III fire restrictions are now in effect for BLM Desert District. Stage III Fire restrictions prohibit setting, building, maintain, attending, or using an open fire of any kind. Controlled flame devices such as portable stoves fueled by petroleum or LPG products are allowed only by permit. Recreational/Target shooting of any type is also prohibited.

Click here to find out more about the BLM's fire restrictions.



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BLM Seeks Desert District Advisory Council Nominations

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. - The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) California Desert District is soliciting nominations from the public for five members of its California Desert Advisory Council to serve three-year terms. The council’s 15 members provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on the management of more than 10 million acres of public lands in eight counties of Southern California.

Download BLM press release here.

Call to Action: Save California's OHV Program! UPDATED!

The California State Park’s Transformation Team’s Recommendations have been released and within is this alarming statement about the state’s highly successful OHV program:

The current organization structure separates these important recreation services from the rest of the services provided by the department. Visitors would be better served by fully integrating these services into the rest of the department.

What would this mean? It would mean an end to the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division of State Parks.

Read more: Call to Action: Save California's OHV Program! UPDATED!

Erskine Fire Map

Where is all the smoke coming from? The Erskine Fire. Please refer to the Inciweb for the most up-to-date information on activity in the area.

High Desert Trails Performance Rally - Saturday May 7th, 2016

Kicking off its 9th consecutive run, the High Desert Trails Rally has been a part of rally in Southern California since 1973. On dirt roads Southwest of Ridgecrest and North of the Jawbone Canyon Station, the rally takes competitors through fast and flowing valleys and tight and twisty forest sections in the beautiful high desert on county roads. Competitors will tackle over 100 miles of racing flat out.

The High Desert Trails Rally is a performance time trial event. Rally Racing is a motorsport where a driver and navigator (co-driver) race down closed dirt roads, one car at a time, as fast as they can. The cars race against the clock, and not head-to-head. The racing sections are called Special Stages and closed to all non-rally traffic. The vehicles stay on the road and do not go "off-road" into the desert. When not racing on the closed stages, the cars transit with normal traffic.

Read more: High Desert Trails Performance Rally - Saturday May 7th, 2016

Desert Search and Rescue is seeking public input!

The Desert Search & Rescue Team is preparing to submit for a new State OHV grant! We will be holding a public meeting on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 at 5:00 pm. We will also be meeting with Stakeholders as well! The location will be at 15874 Sierra Hwy, Mojave CA 93501. We will be discussing the 'wish list' of items that we are considering for this grant cycle! For more information regarding this grant, please visit

California City Police Department Holding Public Hearing

The California City Police Department will conduct a Public Hearing to take input on the California State Parks OHV Grant 2015/2016.

This hearing will be conducted in compliance with the grant requirements as we are soliciting input from stakeholders and the general public.

Time: Saturday, February 13 @ 10 AM

Location: Borax Bill Park, 16363 Twenty Mule Team Parkway, California City, 93505

FOJ Inviting Public Input!

The Friends of Jawbone would like to invite the public to attend our January 20th meeting to discuss possible grant applications for the OHMVR Divisions annual OHV Grant program.

Each year the Friends of Jawbone applies for grants that are used to maintain and restore trails, restroom facilities, campsites and more. We invite the public to bring their ideas for projects they would like to see completed for the area. Projects eligible for OHMVR Division grants funding can include mapping projects, education projects (such as rider training or safety programs), trail building and maintenance projects. camp area projects and more.

Download the Agenda here.

Meeting will be held at the Jawbone Station Visitors center on January 20th, starting at 9:00 a.m. For more information, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

New CTUC Map Apps Available!

The California Trail Users Coalition is pleased to announce that the CTUC’s Angeles National Forest and El Mirage Areas map and the San Bernardino National Forest and Barstow BLM map are now available for your iPhone!

The CTUC mobile map apps take the place of our popular paper maps. Enjoy the convenience of consulting your CTUC trail map anywhere, anytime, without adding any extra clutter to your glove compartment!

When used on a GPS-enabled iOS device, the CTUC map apps can display and update your position on the map in real-time as you travel -- even where there is no data service available!

Both CTUC mobile map apps contain helpful and up-to-date information such as OHV and back country rules and regulations, nearby towns with services, local agencies, hospitals and emergency services. Our “Discovery Points” feature includes photos and descriptions for scenic, historic, or otherwise important points of interest on the map, and shows you exactly where they are and how to get there.

The Angeles National Forest and El Mirage Areas map and the San Bernardino National Forest and Barstow BLM maps are available on iTunes for only $2.99 each.