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 in Nevada's newest wilderness, The Wovoka, during an August 2015 car camp. Trip leader Dave Oline described the Wovoka as, "A secret playa perched at 7,700 ft, surrounded by a forested ridge."    The trip participants hiked to the top of the 9,544 ft. Bald Mountain for this group photo.  Desert Survivors sponsors trips to the wonderful arid lands of North America.  Become a member and join us in our wilderness adventures.   Photo: A.H. Cominos

                                      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 FALL 2015 TRIP SCHEDULE IS HERE!

Fall brings shorter days and a cooling of temperatures in the deserts.  So lets back out there.  We have car camps galore with excursions to the Mid-Hills in the Mojave National Preserve and Gold Butte in Clark County Nevada in September.  In October our Annual General Meeting will take place at Mission San Antonio de Padua in Monterey County. Camping is NOT offered to the general public at this site, hence a rare opportunity for Desert Survivors to be surrounded by a part of our rich California history.  Late-October thru November we are sponsoring three terrific car camps: 1. To the Volcanic Tablelands with its rich petroglyphs and Benton Hot Springs, 2. An artists trip to Death Valley, 3. A car camp to a proposed national monument in the eastern-Mojave.  The season will end with our annual holiday party on December 5, 2015.  Join us for the fun at all of these trips and events.  Please go to the TRIPS PAGE for more info.

To sign up and reserve your camping space by credit card please click here. To pay by check please print this form and mail it to Desert Survivors, P.O.Box 20991, Oakland, CA 94620-0991.  Go to this page for a map and directions to Mission San Antonio De Padua from the Bay Area.  For the latest event information, please go to  For info on the Mission San Antonio De Padua click here.  Not a member of Desert Survivors?  Go here to join up.
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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