FOJ Working with CalTrans

As Highway 14 prepares for another expansion, this time north of Red Rock Canyon, Friends of Jawbone President Ed Waldheim is once again hard at work with BLM & CalTrans to maintain OHV access to the designated routes on both sides of the highway.

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New CTUC Map of Areas North of Jawbone

The California Trail User's Coalition (CTUC) is happy to announce the arrival of the Inyo National Forest (South) OHV Trail Map! The map is now available at the Jawbone Station Bookstore, online and at other outlets including some BLM field offices.

The full color map is complete with trail designations as well as exciting information about discovery points and fun facts.  With 25 points of interest described in detail on the back, Coyote Route Loop and much more, this map will give you all the information you need to make your outdoor experience the ultimate adventure!

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FOJ Randsburg Site Gets Two New Interpretive Panels

On March 21 a group of nine Friends of Jawbone volunteers, organized by longtime volunteer George Baland, installed two new desert tortoise information panels in the OHV parking area in Randsburg. It took about two hours of digging and hard work under the already-hot California sun to get the holes positioned and dug deep enough to secure the displays. The new panels give information on tortoise habitat and habits and are now located in front of the FOJ OHV information kiosk.

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DVNP Suppors Owlshead Project

Dubbed the OwlsheadGPS Project, this effort by the Friends of Jawbone seeks to offer the most accurate information possible about backcountry motorized routes on our public lands.

Soon the public will be able to go online to view and print backcountry route maps, and even download routes directly to supported GPS devices. The first phase, as funded, will cover the greater Jawbone Canyon area, an area of approximately 1.5 million acres, and will launch this fall.

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Be On Designated Trails or ...

Local law enforcement officers are making sure that everyone stays on designated trails. Rangers and deputies are issuing tickets without warnings to people who are not riding on the designated open trails.

When a trail is not signed as a designated open OHV trail, it is closed to all motor vehicles.  Only trails with OHV route signs are open for OHV use.

Trails that are signed as closed or barricaded with posts are closed. Do not on that trail.  It is your responsible to know how trails are marked and to stay on a designated trail at all times.  The use of closed roads poses numerous hazards for motor vehicles, and needlessly damages sensitive natural and cultural resources.  Local law enforcement will not tolerate anyone on closed trails.

For maps and information on the designated trails in the greater Jawbone area, please visit or contact the Jawbone Station Visitors Center.


El Pasos Signing Effort

The Friends of Jawbone has gotten pretty good at route signing over recent years. In fact, we've invented new technologies such as special auger trucks that can install signs in seconds. Therefore, it should come to no surprise that FOJ assisting the local Bureau of Land Management (BLM) field office on their major court-ordered signing effort in the West Mojave desert.

All of the BLM's routes in and around Jawbone Canyon were designated through the West Mojave Plan (WEMO) plan and these are the routes that are required to be signed. The Jawbone Canyon/Dove Spring area and the Rand Mountains have been fully signed for some time. Other areas that are less often visited are currently the focus of the BLM signing effort.

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