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 near the "Hands Cave" during the May 2015 backpack in the Ventana Wilderness, Monterey County This outcropping of wind eroded sandstone was a special place for ancient Americans.  In nearby caves Indians painted hundreds of pictographs of human hands.  Their significance is unknown to modern researchers.  An archaeological survey of the site found thousands of bones from salt water fishes––food carried to the site from Big Sur about twenty miles away.  Desert Survivors backpacking trips will take you to fascinating anthropological sites in the North American deserts.  Become a member and join us on these journeys.  Photo: N. Blake

                                      LATEST NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS


Responding to environmental groups’ request for review, the California director of the Bureau of Land Management has overturned the agency’s approval for plans to develop the Dragonfly Placer gold mine in the Mojave Desert.

In reversing the Ridgecrest Field Office’s decision to allow the mine, Jim Kenna agreed with conservationists that impacts of the mine exploration proposal were not adequately addressed. The proposed mining would harm biologically and culturally important areas in the
El Paso Mountains, including rare wildlife in Red Rock Canyon State Park and the Last Chance Canyon Area of Critical Environmental Concern, which was established to protect significant cultural sites.  

    To learn more  CLICK HERE for the Center For Biological Diversity press release.           

                                                       THE SUMMER 2015 TRIP SCHEDULE IS HERE!

Summer has the highest temperatures of the year and most southern and low-elevation deserts are too hot for safe or comfortable visiting.  The high elevations are surprisingly temperate this time of year and Desert Survivors beats the heat by sponsors trips to desert mountain regions.  We have car camping trips with day hikes to the tops of King Lear Peak, NV, White Mountain and Telescope Peaks in California.  In August Dave Oline will lead a trip into Nevada's newest wilderness area: The Wovoka.  In September we are sponsoring car camps to The Mojave National Preserve and Gold Butte in Nevada.  We also celebrate the long days and warm weather of the season at  our annual summer picnic at the Marta Perry family ranch near Castro Valley, CA.  Join us for the fun at all of these events.  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.
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