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 Owachomo Natural Bridge in Utah during the "Trail of the Ancients" car camp May 2019. Trip participants spent a week in the Four Corners-area searching for signs of the ancient people—including petroglyph tableaus, Pueblan ruins and foot paths formed over the centuries by Native American travelers. Owachomo is a Hopi name.  The natural bridge was formed by running water, wind and rain, and freezing temperatures, that eventually creating this sandstone span.   Become a member of Desert Survivors and learn much about the archaeology and geology of the desert American west.
Photo: Stacy Goss

Autumn is coming and with it cooler temperatures in the deserts and greater opportunities to experience it.   We are sponsoring excursions to wilderness lands as well as Bay Area events. On Labor Day weekend David Oline will lead a car camp in the "empty country" along the Nevada-Oregon border.  In October, Stacy Goss heads an epic backpack into the Inyo Mountains and in November Marisa Seaman will take us on a tour of Saguaro National Park in Arizona. 

Want to improve your outdoor meals?  In September we are sponsoring a cooking workshop in Oakland, CA that will teach you how make your camping fare a gourmet delight.   Later in the month Mike Wells will take us back to the Crooked Creek Field Station in the White Mountains for a weekend at 10,000-ft.+ elevation.  

Besides all of this, plans are coming together for our Annual General Meeting retreat at the Sugarloaf Ridge State Park in Kenwood, CA.  We have a full weekend of activities in the works.  We will cap off the year with our holiday party in early December.   Keep your eyes open and your ears to the ground for more new trips that might make their way into the roster. There are plenty of activities in the works.  We want to see you there.

For more information on these trips and events 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. Please CLICK HERE FOR MEMBERSHIP, or here for DONATION with your bank card.