Jawbone & Butterbredt Spring

The site is located 15 miles southwest of Ridgecrest, California.

With less than five inches of rain annually, including some snowfall, the dryness of the climate causes rapid evaporation. Some water seeps underground to feed area springs that provide water, which is essential to wildlife. Butterbredt Spring supports desert wildlife while also providing water and habitat for waterfowl migrating in the spring and fall. The land at the spring is privately owned, and vehicle travel and hunting in the area is restricted. The Audubon Society, in cooperation with the private landowner, has established the spring as a wildlife sanctuary.

Mailing Address:
Ridgecrest Resource Area
300 South Richmond Road
Ridgecrest, CA 93555



From State Highway 178 east of Bakersfield or west of Inyokern, take the Kelso Valley Road 38 miles south to the site. --OR-- From State Highway 14 south of Red Rock, take Jawbone Canyon Road 14 miles west to the site. --OR-- Take State Highway 14 west to designated routes such as Cow Heaven Canyon (SC-51), Sage Canyon (SC-56), and Horse Canyon (SC-65). The SC routes are for four-wheel-drive vehicles only. From Ridgecrest, travel west on State Highway 178 to State Highway 14. Travel south for 27 miles to the Jawbone Canyon Road.

Visitor Activities:
Backpacking, hunting, wildflower viewing (spring) and hiking, and off-road driving on designated routes.

Permits, Fees, Limitations:
Visitors are urged to stay on designated routes of travel and avoid damage to grasses and other plants that provide feed for livestock and wildlife.


Camping and Lodging facilities:
No facilities are available on-site. Primitive camping is permitted. Lodging is available in Inyokern and Ridgecrest.

First Aid:
No first aid is available on-site. The nearest hospital or place for other assistance is located in Ridgecrest.

Additional Information:
The best times to visit are fall, winter and spring. Dirt roads can become impassable after a rain.

-- Source: BLM

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