Permit Information - Barstow Field Office - BLM


Welcome to the Mojave Desert
The Barstow Field region covers an area from the northern boundary of Joshua Tree National Park to the southern boundary of Fort Irwin Military Reservation and from the eastern boundary of San Bernardino National Forest to north of Death Valley Junction, California, as far as the California/Nevada state line. The desert within this area is vast, about three million acres, and has many unique features. Elevations vary from near sea level, north of Baker, California, to over 6,000 feet, in the Ord Mountains south of Barstow. There are many scenic locations with rough mountains, dry lake beds, and winding canyons. Plants found here include various cactus species and the Joshua Tree, the symbol of the Mojave Desert. Winter days are usually comfortable in the 70 degree F. range (about 20 degree C.), attracting visitors who come to escape colder states. Summer days can be hot and dry, with 110 degree F. (40 degree C.) temperatures common.

Type: Federal Umbrella Agency: Department of the Interior

Kotlarski, David
Assistant Field Manager, Barstow Field Office - BLM
2601 Barstow Road, Barstow, CA 92311
760.252.6040 phone 1

Symons, Katrina
Field Manager, Barstow Field Office - BLM
2601 Barstow Road, Barstow, CA 92311
760.252.6004 phone 1
760.252.6000 phone 2
760.252.6098 fax pager
Barstow Field Office
Filming on Public Lands


Unfortunately due to a lot of damage that has been done to the lakebed surface by production companies not following the location stipulations - the BLM has considered putting a monitor on every shoot at El Mirage, but Larry Blaine at the BLM is reluctant to do that at this time. I have sent this out through the locolist but I also wanted to send directly to you. Here are the extended El Mirage guidelines because Larry and I count on you - the location professional - to do your best to protect the surface of the lakebed. If you know that you may have a company that will not adhere to these rules, please let me know so we can put a monitor on the shoot and prevent the shoot from being shut down.

Activities that cause damage:

1) vehicles making sharp turns
2) vehicles spinning their wheels
3) vehicles skidding to a stop
4) vehicles doing donuts (driving in a circle)
5) digging
6) posting
7) staking
8) spiking
9) large amounts of liquid spilled on the lakebed then vehicles driving or people walking on the wet surface. (large amounts = more than an average single serving bottle of water)

Who is associated with a film shoot:

1) crew
2) cast
3) interns
4) above the line
5) clients/agents
6) vendors (i.e. caterers, security, etc)
7) friends of anyone listed above
8) family of anyone listed above
9) visitors of anyone listed above

If the BLM catches anyone associated with the shoot causing damage to the lakebed surface, the shoot will be shut down and the Production Company will be issued a fine.

updated 5.24.2012 lm/ 7.16.14 eg / 9.3&17.2015 lm / 4.19.2016 lb / 6.26.2017 / 12.5.2017 / 10.23.2018 / 8.15.2019 lm / 2.11.20 lb

4 Locations

Location ID Address
Calico Dry Lake BLM 2641 Ghost Town Road, Barstow, CA
Dumont Dunes - Bureau of Land Management - BLM 1094 Hwy 127, Baker, CA
El Mirage Dry Lake - Bureau of Land Managemen... 1066 El Mirage Rd, Adelanto, CA
Lucerne Dry Lake - Bureau of Land Management... 1065 Rt 247, Lucerne Valley, CA