By the late 1980s the Bureau of Land Management, the federal agency in charge of the Red Hills area, belatedly recognized (with the encouragement and assistance of community and environmental activists) the unique nature of the ecosystem here, and declared it an "Area of Critical Environmental Concern", the kind of a designation that only a bureaucrat could love. It turned out that this landscape contained a large variety of endemic species found almost nowhere else, including a unique fish species, the Red Hills Roach (Lavinia symmetricus). Clean-ups were organized, and minimal tourists facilities (trails, parking areas, vault toilets, and a nature trail) were constructed.
|Bitter root (Lewisia rediviva)
|California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica) and scattered poppies
|Poppy, a flower that seems able to grow in just about any environment California can fling at it.
|Monkeyflower (Erythranthe sp.)
|Blue Dicks (Brodiaea)
|The parking area and trailhead at Red Hills ACEC
|Poppy sp. and Blue Dick (Brodiaea)