Desert Survivors is an affiliation of desert lovers committed to experiencing, sharing and protecting desert wilderness wherever we find it. We recognize the places we love to explore will not remain wild unless we give others the opportunity to experience them as we do and unless we remain vigilant and active in our efforts to monitor and preserve them.

Desert Survivors at the Ridgecrest (CA) Petroglph Festival November 2017.  This is an annual festival celebrating the Coso people, and the 10,000-year-old petroglyphs in the Coso Rock Art District.   As part of our community outreach, Desert Survivors set up a booth and introduced festival-goers to our organization.  Believing that people who experience the desert will want to preserve it, we work to share it with others. Become a member of Desert Survivors and we will share arid lands with you.                                           Photo: N. Blake


Desert Survivors 2017 Year-End Donation Drive

The desert is a wonder of Earth and the place Desert Survivors
holds most dear. We explore these lands, enjoy their
and work to keep them as treasured wilderness.

Desert Survivors
is made up of people who love the desert and want it to remain wild.  Our efforts are voluntary.  Support comes from membership and donations.  When making your end-of-year contributions please consider a gift to Desert Survivors.  Your support will sustain us in our three-fold mission:   

Experience -  Desert Survivors sponsors over 25 excursions to the deserts each year, including car camping, back packing and river trips.   These lands are beautiful and intriguing.  They hold wondrous terrain, vibrant plant and animal life, historic sites and ancient artifacts that are a joy to explore.

Share -  Believing that people who experience the desert will want to conserve it, Desert Survivors works to share it with others.  We do outreach at community fairs and present slide lectures to introduce ourselves to the public.  Our membership fee is low and the cost of our trips (a requested $25 donation) is much less than most outdoor entities charge. 

Protect -   Our service projects and wilderness monitoring program are key components in our effort to preserve the desert. Led by the Center For Biological Diversity we have joined in lawsuits demanding government agencies to follow environmental protection mandates when overseeing these lands.  We are active in resisting the Trump administration’s efforts to rescind national monuments and undo conservation regulations.

The generosity of our members and efforts of Desert Survivors

volunteers keep all of this going.  Please help in any manner you can.

To give a gift by credit card or debit card please CLICK HERE
You can also contibute by a check, mailed to:
Desert Survivors, P.O. Box 20991, Oakland, Ca 94620-0091

Thank you.

Illustration by E. Boyd Smith from the book, Land of Little Rain by Mary Hunter Austin, 1903. 




Autumn is a terrific time to get out into the desert.  We are sponsoring a car camp to the Panamint Valley to view out-of-the-way archeological sites and a weekend retreat at the White Mountain Research Station at 10,200 ft. elevation.  In October we will backpack from the Owens Valley over the Inyo Mountains to the Saline Valley.  We will be getting the word out about our terrific organization with slide show presentations at Bay Area REI stores and at our information table at the Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival.  Our annual holiday party will be held in Berkeley, CA on December 9, 2017.  Do not miss our Annual General Meeting (AGM) held this year at the Arroyo Seco Campground in Monterey County, where issues and directions will be discussed and a new board of directors elected.

We have plenty of desert to experience this fall.  Please join us for our adventures. 
For more information please go to our TRIPS PAGE.

Desert Survivors as a public service. Desert Survivors is a 501(c)3 non-profit public-benefit organization based in Oakland, California.
More than 95% of our revenue comes from membership dues and donations. We have no corporate sponsors. You can support our

work by becoming a member for $30 per year (or more if you can). Non-member donations are also gratefully accepted. Send checks

to Desert Survivors, PO. Box 20991, Oakland, CA 94620-0991. All donations are tax-deductible. 
To pay with a credit card, click here for membership, or here for donation.

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