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.

                                               A mid-day break at a desert oasis.  Desert Survivors on a day hike in Death Valley National Park, April 2019.  Death Valley
                                                 is the hottest place on earth and extremeley dry, yet there are spots in this harsh terrain with lush green flora.  On this day a
                                                 dozen Desert Survivors hiked five miles down a dry wash and over rocky hills to reach the watered spot of Squaw Spring.  
                                                 These hikers relax in a shady spot on a soft bed of new growth, taking in a beatiful desert vista.   Become a member of Desert
                                                 Survivors and we will take you to green places in earth tone lands.

Photo: N. Blake


If your membership is due or if you wish to join, please CLICK HERE to pay by credit card.   
The cost is just $30. If you prefer regular mail, send your check to:
Desert Survivors, PO Box 20991, Oakland, CA 94620.

Those who renewed.

Illustrations by E. Boyd Smith from the book Land of Little Rain, 1903.


Temperatures are getting too hot in the lower deserts, so Desert Survivors will head north and to higher elevations for the late-Spring and Summer months.  We are sponsoring a full roster of excursions to wilderness lands and urban events. David Oline will lead three car camps in the Great Basin Desert of northern Nevada and southern Oregon.  Stacy Goss heads a car camp in Utah. In May new trip-leader Paul Harris will lead a backpack into Upper Paria River-area of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.  In June we will will be heading back to Utah for a rafting trip down the Yampa River.  

Closer to the Bay Area: in June we will get you in shape for sand dune traversing with the "Hiking the Dunes Of Dillon Beach" excursion led by Marisa Seaman.  We will be holding another special tour of the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, as well as our annual summer picnic at the Marta Perry family ranch in Castro Valley.   Mike Wells has two trips on his plate with a car camp at Independence Lake in the Sierras and a return to the Crooked Creek Field Station in the White Mountains.

Besides all of this, plans are in full swing for our Annual General Meeting; this year at a site close to the Bay Area at the Sugarloaf Ridge State Park in Kenwood, CA.  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.  Sign up for many, and go often.  Happy Deserts!

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. To pay with a credit card, click here for membership, or here for donation 1995 - 2019 All Rights Reserved. Desert Survivors.