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Desert Recreation

Preserving the Past

Preserving our nation's heritage is one reason for cooperation among federal land management agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, and the National Park Service. These agencies, work together to protect, preserve, research, interpret, and manage cultural resources on public lands.

Bird Watching

Some birds live only in the Mojave Desert, and are classified as endemic species. Some live throughout all the southwestern desert areas and some are merely passing through during annual migrations. Regardless, whether they live permanently in the Mojave, stay only seasonally or fly through, all these species have adapted to the extreme climate of cold, heat and lack of water.

Dispersed Recreation Camping

Camping on public lands away from developed recreation facilities is referred to as "dispersed camping". Most public lands in California are open to dispersed camping, as long as such use does not conflict with other authorized uses or in some way adversely affects wildlife species or natural resources.


The Colorado River from Lake Mohave to Parker Dam attracts many visitors to the area. Fishing is very good on the river and in its backwaters. Populations of Striped Bass, Large and Small Mouth Bass, Channel and Flathead Catfish, Crappie and Carp may be enticed to bite.

Shooting and Hunting

Target shooting and Hunting are allowed on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Needles Field Office, Taking into consideration any private land, posted signs, and state and county rules and regulations.

Off Road Adventures

The Needles Area offers over 5200 miles of off road trails. Off-highway vehicles (OHVs) provide fun, entertainment, and discovery. Please remember to TREAD LIGHTLY on public lands. Through responsible recreation and continuous restoration, we can preserve the environment for our future enjoyment.


Each year many people wait with great anticipation to see what nature has in store for us in the form of wildflowers. Will winter rains be followed by searing heat and the brown of summer? Or will the gentle warm rains of spring bring forth all the colors of the rainbow waving on stalks of green in a gentle breeze?

Amboy Crater (BLM)

Designated a National Natural Landmark in 1973, Amboy Crater is recognized for its visual and geological significance. Although Amboy Crater is not unique, it is an excellent example of a very symmetrical volcanic cinder cone.


Is one of the many recreational pursuits on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). More than 8 rock collecting areas where specimens ranging from Chalcedony to Trilobite fossils have been identified in the Needles Area.

Route 66

Route 66 captures and represents the pioneering spirit of pilgrims set on coming west. It played a major role in the development of the United States in general and the southwest in particular.

Desert Hiking/Horse Back Country Riding

In the desert, you won't find many defined, heavily used, marked or interpretive trails, you most likely will not see another soul on your hike unless you bring them along.

Watchable Wildlife

At first glance the Mojave Desert seems to have little in the way of wildlife, it is actually home to large, diverse populations. Desert animals have adapted to their environment, and each fills an important niche in this harsh and forbidding ecosystem.


Wilderness areas are special places where the earth and its community of life are essentially undisturbed. They retain a primeval character, without permanent improvements and generally appear to have been affected primarily by the forces of nature.

Ivanpah Dry Lake

Recreationist from throughout the world travel to Ivanpah Dry Lake´s expansive open spaces to play! International championship wind racing, archery, kite buggying, and land sailing are just a few of the activities enjoyed here.
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