King Clone Ecological Reserve


Description: The 488-acre property of King Clone Ecological Reserve is predominantly a flat, level area with creosote bush scrub vegetation. Creosote bushes can produce offshoots or "clones" that grow in circular clusters. Older parts of the clone die, while younger parts persist, resulting in individuals that are thousands of years old and are among the oldest living organisms on earth. Wildlife on the Reserve includes various species of reptiles, rodents, birds and insects.

In 1985, Assembly Bill #1024 authorized the Department to acquire property for the protection of ancient creosote rings in the Mojave Desert, and allocated funds for this specific purpose. The property was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1993. The long-term objective for this property is to ensure the protection of these unusual creosote rings from possible destruction and for future educational values.

For more information, call the Inland Deserts Region's Ontario office at (909) 484-0167

Recreational Opportunities

wildlife viewing hiking

Activities: wildlife viewing, hiking

NOTE: Visitors are responsible for knowing and complying with all regulations pertaining to the use of Department lands.

Refer to the Public Uses on State and Federal Lands section of the Waterfowl, Upland Game, and Public Use Regulations (PDF) booklet for both statewide and property-specific regulations.

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You may not operate a drone on CDFW Lands without a Special Use Permit.

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Inland Deserts Region (Region 6)

San Bernardino County

Directions: Hwy 247 13 miles east of Lucerne Valley to Bessemer Mine Road. Proceed north to reserve.

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