An Explorer’s Paradise

The California Desert National 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 National 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 National 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 National Conservation Lands.

Established on September 14, 2016, the California Desert National 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.

Submit Your Comments

The Trump administration’s re-opening of the Desert Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan (DRECP) puts at risk over four million acres of protected conservation lands, including many of the amazing places highlighted above. This plan took many years and hard compromises balancing renewable energy development and conservation in the California desert.

Please take action today on the #DesertPlan to protect the Desert Lands and wildlife you love.