An Explorer’s Paradise

The California Desert Conservation Lands are a place for endless exploration on hiking and driving trails, more than one could fit in a lifetime.

Unprecedented Landscape Level Protection

Combined with other protected lands in the region, the California Desert Conservation Lands make up the largest intact landscape in the contiguous United States.

A Cornucopia of Scientific Discovery

More new species to science are being discovered within the California Desert Conservation Lands than in the entire rest of the state.

Visit, enjoy, and lend your voice to the Lands!

Scattered throughout California’s southeastern corner are special treasures of unspoiled lands, from rocky peaks and sloping bajadas to saltscrub lowlands and rich riparian corridors.

These are the California Desert Conservation Lands.

Established on September 14, 2016, the California Desert Conservation Lands are additions to the National Conservation Lands—America’s newest collection of protected public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

These special places, now permanently protected, ensure that the public will be able to continue to explore and experience the culture, history, habitats, and landscapes that make the California Desert so unique. Visit, enjoy, and lend your voice to the Lands!

Calling All Storytellers & Photographers

If you’ve been to some of these special places and have pictures to share or stories to tell about your experiences and why you love these Lands, we want to hear from you! These Lands are YOUR Lands. Show us or tell us why YOU care. Let us get to know these places through YOUR eyes.

Sign the Petition

BLM is accepting public comments NOW through March 28th, 2017, on their proposal to withdrawal 1.3 million acres of California Desert Conservation Lands from industrial mining.

Thank the BLM for its swift action to begin the mineral withdrawal process in the California Desert Conservation Lands. Urge them to stand strong on their proposed withdrawal, ensuring full protection of these incredible places.


TO: United States Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has achieved a great milestone in establishing the California Desert Conservation Lands through the Desert Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan (DRECP) and has demonstrated a commitment to effectively managing and caring for these places by beginning the process of mineral withdrawal of these lands in order to fully protect them.

Thank you for fulfilling your responsibility to manage these special lands for conservation and ensure that they are permanently protected from threats to their cultural, historic, scientific, and recreational value by proposing to withdraw more than 1.3 million acres from new industrial scale mining.

In order to ensure these new Conservation Lands live up to their name and remain as natural, open, and undeveloped as possible for future generations, I support the proposed mineral withdrawal. Not only is this the standard for all National Conservation Lands, it is also a vital piece in the complete protection of these irreplaceable pieces of the California desert.

Thank you for your leadership in protecting the California Desert.