Tension has existed for years between party animals and families with children at popular off-road southern California desert playgrounds. Now, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has officially banned nudity in those desert recreations areas under its jurisdiction.
While public nudity always has been an infraction subject to citations, the bureau’s action makes it a federal crime, subject to a possible $1,000 fine and/or a year in jail.
The new prohibition extends the rule to “all developed sites and areas and all ORV open areas” in the agency’s Desert District, including Riverside, San Bernardino, Imperial and Los Angeles counties.
The ban covers mobile strip shows, naked motorcycling and women flashing their breasts, all behaviors that have brought complaints from families and others using the public recreation areas, as well as warnings and tickets from law enforcement officers.
Geri George, co-owner of Funco Motor Sports, said she is behind the nudity ban “1,000 percent.”
George’s company has built and sold dune buggies for 45 years. She has seen her share of inappropriate behavior at off-roading hot spots, she said, at areas including Glamis and the Dumont Dunes north of Baker in San Bernardino County.