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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Bookstore Moves to Temporary Home

The old Jawbone Station Visitor Center is currently undergoing remodeling associated with the expansion and addition of the education center. On February 27, the Visitors Center and Bookstore was moved to temporary quarters adjacent to the project site. Visitors can still obtain local travel information and enjoy the wide array of books, maps and other special items for purchase while construction is under way.

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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.


PCT Segment Reopens

In September 2011, the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) was badly damaged by a fire in the Tehachapi area. The damage was so severe that land managers closed the trail for rehabilitation and recovery.  This past January, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reopened the section of the PCT from Highway 58 south to the junction with the Los Angeles Aqueduct near Rosamond Blvd. The Ridgecrest Field Office has work very hard to remove damaged trees and repair eroded trails that are hazardous to the safety of visitors. Damaged trail signs have also been replace so as to better guide PCT users to where they want to go.

For more information, please contact the BLM Ridgecrest Field Office.


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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2011 Halloween Event & FOJ Update

The Friends of Jawbone have been very busy getting ready for the upcoming riding season that is already upon us. We had a fantastic Halloween and Safety event, our 3rd annual event, and even though we would have loved to see more of you there, it was well attended by all the different agencies in East Kern.  They included demonstrations from Kern County Search and Rescue Helicopter and the City of Ridgecrest Police Department.  Art, from the BLM at El Mirage, came with all his animals and did an incredible explanation of where each animal lives and how they survive.  Mary, from Desert Tortoise National Area, came to show what they are doing at the DTNA. There were model helicopter demonstrations with cameras that flew over the crowd, and Friends of Jawbone set up a table manned by JP and Alyssa from Friends of Jawbone.  Eddie Duquett, BLM Ridgecrest staff, was the mastermind behind this entire event and we want to thank him and BLM staff for their help.  The Kern County Search and Rescue did the fantastic luncheon.

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Jawbone Law Enforcement Meeting

On August 31, 2011, the Friends of Jawbone hosted a meeting with law enforcement agencies in conjunction with the BLM, California Parks OHMVR Division and Kern County First District Supervisor Jon McQuiston and Second District Supervisor Zack Scrivner. The outcome of this meeting is a coordination of the various agencies, including Kern County Sheriff Department, Kern County Parks Department and Red Rock Canyon State Park law enforcement. The agencies that serve the Jawbone Canyon/Dove Springs, El Paso Mountains and Rand Mountains and other outlying OHV areas will be conducting law enforcement activities on the multiple large holidays that attract so many OHV riders to the area.

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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.

For the second phase of the OwlsheadGPS Project, the California Trail Users Coalition (CTUC) is developing a proposal to increase the coverage area to include an additional 25 million acres, including Death Valley National Park.

Death Valley National Park (DVNP) lent its support to the project in a letter from Superintendent Sarah Craighead.  Within it states that DVNP "supports efforts of private organizations in developing the Owlshead Project and other online GIS data bases that would offer current, safe information regarding the park's backcountry road system."  The Superintendent went on to say that she appreciates CTUC's "efforts to increase safety of backcountry users within the park."

Friends of Jawbone appreciates the support given to the OwlsheadGPS Project by Superintendent Craighead.

The OwlsheadGPS Project is funded by a 2010/11 safety and education grant from the California Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR).  This effort is named in the memory of a young boy whose life was tragically lost in the Owlshead Mountains of Death Valley in August 2009.  It is believed that he and his mother got lost deep in the back country after following inaccurate information on their GPS.

You can stay connected to this project here and at