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.



These photos of the Lut Desert in Iran were taken by U.C. Irvine professor Amir Aghakouchak during a 2017 trip. He writes, "I am truly obsessed with desert environments, and landscapes like this inspire me the most."  The Lut is an extremely hot place.  In July 2018 a satellite recorded a ground surface temperature of 177°F here.  Temperatures are so regularly high in the Lut, that scientists have labeled it the "Thermal Pole of the Earth."

Like Professor Aghakouchak, Desert Survivors members find grace, meaning and wonder in arid lands. We sponsor excursions to the desert and host desert-related events for the education, recreation and scientific purposes of our members and the public. Become a member of Desert Survivors and join us in our appreciation of these dry, stark, remarkable places.

Saguaro Sunrise pic

When you're in the desert, you look

into infinity... It makes you feel

terribly small, and in a strange

way, quite big.

–David Lean


Desert, in general, is a very good

place to find yourself.  Or lose


-Maynard James Keenan


To wake in that desert dawn was like

waking in the heart of an opal....

See the desert on a fine morning and

die if you can!

-Gertrude Bell



Please do not take the last quote too close to heart; but you get the idea.

Like these people Desert Survivors love the desert.


Desert Survivors 2020 Year-End Donation Drive

2020 is not a year most of us will look upon with pleasure; yet 2021 with a new president in the White House and promises of a Covid-19 vaccine gives us confidence for better days ahead.  At Desert Survivors we are optimistic about the new year and have plans in the ready for renewed activities once it is safe.  In the meantime we keep focused on socially-safe endeavors for desert conservation and education.  The desert wild we hold dear faces ever increasing and changing threats, and we intend to meet these challenges.

When making your end-of-year contributions please consider a gift to Desert Survivors.

Your support is what keeps us going.

To donate with your bank card CLICK HERE

To donate by check,  mail to:

Desert Survivors, P.O. Box 20991, Oakland, CA 94620-0991