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.

Exploring the desert by canoe!  For several years Desert Survivors trip leader Bob Davis has been searching for a suitable backpacking loop trail in the Chemehuevi Mountains Wilderness, Mojave Desert.  In February 2016 he and Desert Survivors trip participants scouted possible routes to Red Rock Wash (a water source for backpackers) from the Colorado River.  In winter light the colors of the river and rock formations of Topock Gorge are vividly saturated and lovely.  Desert Survivors sponsors trips to places that feature the beautiful colors of nature.  Become a member and join us in our wilderness adventures.   
Photo: Bob Davis /

April is membership renewal month for Desert Survivors.  It is the time we ask for
 your continured support of our mission to experience, share and protect the desert.

Your contribution keeps our service trips, car camping and backpacking trips going year
 round.   Membership builds community and sustains our desert preservation efforts.

Help us by renewing your membership today.  The cost is just $30.

Please click here to pay by credit card.  If you prefer
regular mail, fill out this form on the and send your check to:
Desert Survivors, PO Box 20991, Oakland, CA 94620-0991.


The text for this renewal promotion came from four sources:

Line 1: Is a paraphrase from the Report on the Geology of the High Plateaus of Utah, by Clarence Dutton, 1882
Line 2: Is by me (Nicholas Blake.)
Line 3: Is a paraphrase of Edward Abbey from Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, 1968.
Line 4: Comes from a line by Mary Austin from The Land Of Little Rain, 1903.

My apologizes for not clearly attributing the text in earlier versions of the promotion.

Nicholas Blake,  Communications Director for Desert Survivors.


                               LATEST NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
President Obama designates over 1.8 million acres of California desert as national monuments.

The Cadiz Valley in the newly created Mojave Trails National Monument
On February 12, 2016 President Obama, using his authority under the Antiquities Act, designated three desert areas in California as new national monuments.  The newly protected lands are the Castle Mountains National Monument, the Sand to Snow National Monument and the Mojave Trails National Monument.
The move permanently protects nearly 1.8 million acres of America's public lands.  It creates a wildlife, plant and water-source corridor between Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave National Preserve and a critical wilderness link between New York and Piute mountain ranges.

Desert Survivors applauds President Obama and those individuals and organizations that supported this vital action for the preservation of our precious deserts––including the Sierra Club, the Wilderness Society and the Wetlands Conservancy. In particular we would like to thank Senator Diane Feinstein for her steadfast efforts over the last decade in creating these monuments.

Spring is here, so get out there and experience our awesome deserts.  It is the perfect season for camping and exploring and Desert Survivors can take you there.   We have car camps to the Chuckwalla Mountains, Specter Mountain and Cedar Mesa, UT.  We are sponsoring backpack excursions to Dirty Devil River Canyon in Utah and to the Joaquin Rocks in Fresno County––the proported hideout of the legendary bandit Joaquin Murrieta.  Trip leader Barb Bane has gotten permission for  Desert Survivors to tour Little Petroglyph Canyon in the China Lake Navy base.  Do not miss this one!  There is also the Sierra Club Desert Committee Meeting in the Mojave National Preserve in May.  Of course, we will celebrate Earth Day on April 16 and the summer solstice on June 25th.  Yay!  Please go to the TRIPS PAGE for more info.

Minutes of Desert Survivors Board of Directors meetings available on line.
You can now read the Desert Survivors Board of Directors meetings minutes in pdf format by going to the DOCUMENTS PAGE.

Please check back to this website for any additional Desert Survivors trips and events that may be added to our schedule.

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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