Description - The Bakersfield Field Office crosses a large expanse of land from the eastern margin of the Great Basin, westward across the Sierra Nevada Range and the San Joaquin Valley or south Central Valley. The area continues westward encompassing public land parcels in the Coast and Transverse Ranges to the Pacific. The earliest inhabitants, found in the vicinity of the ancient Tulare and Buena Vista Lakes region, dates back about 8,0000 to 12,0000 years ago to the Paleo-Indian Period.
Copyright: - US Bureau of Land Management
View of the Carrizo Plain
Discover the unequaled recreation diversity of the Bakersfield BLM resource area. Primitive camping is a wonderful way to experience the rugged open land, particularly on the Carrizo Plain National Monument, a 250,000 acres, a land of majestic grassland, stark ridges and bisected by the famed San Andreas Fault. Explore by foot of huff the San Joaquin River region where thousands of acres of public land are accessible via the Squaw Leap Trail. Enjoy fishing and swimming? Then venture to the 2,240-acre North Fork of the Kaweah River area located adjacent to Sequoia National Park. Enjoy rougher waters? The Keyesville Special Management Area, known for whitewater rafting, might be for you. If long distance hiking is your thing, Bakersfield BLM resource area offers access to The Owens Peak Segment of the Pacific Crest Trail, a 41-mile wilderness walk. If touring the area from the comfort of your vehicle appeals to you then you may wish to travel up the coast along Highway 1 to Piedras Blancas Light Station, dedicated as recent as May 2002. The traveler's choice route is the Chimney Peak Scenic Byway, a road that travels through more than 50,000 acres of wilderness in a transition zone between the Mojave Desert and the Sierra Nevadas.
Recreation - Recreational opportunities in this area include archeological and cultural sites, wilderness, bird watching, wildlife viewing, hunting, rock hounding, camping, scenic driving, multi-use trails and river sports.
Climate - A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails over Southern California - inland it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. Coastal areas have a more moderate climate with frequent fog in the summer. Most of the precipitation comes as rain during the winter months. The best seasons to visit are spring and fall. Summer are usually hot and winters are cold with occasional snow. Dress appropriately.
A generally warm, dry climate prevails in the Central Valley, it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. In the Central Valley precipitation falls mainly from October through April. Winter temperatures fall well below freezing producing frost, however, snow is very rare. Summer temperatures above 100 degrees F are part of the normal pattern.
Bakersfield Field Office area is located along the coast north of Los Angeles and inland into the Central Valley.