California's Lost Coast

King Range

Where The Land and Sea Meet

King Range National Conservation Area has long been recognized as a crown jewel of the Pacific Coast. Covering 68,000 acres and extending along 35 miles of coastline between the mouth of the Mattole River and Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, King Range preserves the dramatic meeting of the land and the sea.

The Lost Coast

Mountains seem to thrust straight out of the surf; a precipitous rise rarely surpassed on the continental U.S. coastline. This remote region is known as California's Lost Coast and is only accessed by a few back roads.

King Peak, the highest point at 4,088 feet, is only three miles from the ocean.

The recreation opportunities here are as diverse as the landscape. The Douglas-fir peaks attract hikers, hunters, campers and mushroom collectors, while the coast beckons to surfers, anglers, beachcombers and abalone divers -- to name a few.

The effort to conserve the spectacular landscape of King Range dates back to President Herbert Hoover. In 1970, Congress established the King Range National Conservation Area -- the first in what would become the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) National Conservation Lands.

This month, BLM's National Conservation Lands -- America’s newest conservation system -- turns 15!

From mountain heights and rugged ocean coastlines to deep river canyons and vast deserts, the National Conservation Lands recognize and protect 30 million acres of the West’s most spectacular natural areas. These public lands offer exceptional opportunities for recreation, solitude, wildlife viewing, exploring history, scientific research and a wide range of traditional uses.

Help us wish the National Conservation Lands happy birthday!

Plan your trip to one today!

Learn more about the National Conservation Lands: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/prog/blm_special_areas.html For more about King Range: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/arcata/kingrange/index.html All photos and videos by Bob Wick, BLM. #publiclands #California #goexplore #seewhatisee #action #places #getoutdoors

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