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.

During the winter months daytime temperatures in the California deserts are moderate, making it the best season to visit this arrid wilderness.  Here, a Desert Survivor amid the crimson strata of Red Rock Canyon, Kern County, Mojave Desert during a November 2014 car camp.  Desert Survivors sponsors winter and springtime trips to beautiful and intruiging places in the American deserts.  Become a member and join us in our wilderness adventures.  Photo: N. Blake.


Desert Survivors joins the Center for Biological Diversity and other
       environmental groups calling for a stay in the U.S. Bureau of
 Land Management (BLM) finding that allows exploratory drilling for a
          964-acre gold mine in the El Paso Mountains, Kern County.

Desert Survivors on in Last Chance Canyon in December 2013.   Left photo:   The rugged wilderness of Last Chance Canyon would  be forever changed by the Glacial Mineral's plans.  Right photo:  an ancient rock art site within a mile of the proposed mine. 

On December 8, 2014 Ridgecrest, CA Field Manager of the BLM issued a Finding of No Significant Impact authorizing the Glacial Minerals Inc. of Simi Valley, CA plan to drill 12 exploratory holes, at an average depth of 165 ft. each, in public lands adjacent to Last Chance Canyon and Red Rock Canyon State Park. Although the proposed drilling is on public land open to mining, it would require heavy drilling equipment and trucks to pass through parts of Red Rock Canyon State Park to reach the site––in violation of laws that have withdrawn this land for mineral location.   The lawsuit also contends that the BLM finding violates existing land management plans and the National Environmental Protection Act of 1969.

Of course, the much larger concern is the nature of the proposed mine and its impact on the environment. Our experience with other mines shows that mining can destroy all other resources of the public lands; leaving only mine tailings and polluted water even after so-called reclamation. The small quantities of mineral likely to be found per ton of rock, indicate that full scale mining may require open-pit cyanide heap leach mining or other similarly damaging mining techniques, using bulldozers to tear up vast quantities of rock ore which are then crushed and processed using water and toxic chemicals to extract very small amounts of gold. This process results in devastation that can never be truly mitigated.

Besides the geological impacts, the biological, visual, cultural, air quality and other impacts this ill-considered project will cause are equally as devastating.   Please support Desert Survivors in our mission to keep the deserts wild.

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

This winter Desert Survivors is sponsoring a wide variety of trips and events.  There is a backpack
through the Chemehuevi Mountains to the Colorado River.  Another backpack will go into the
Ventana Wilderness  and on a third we will lead hikers through the narrow slot canyons in
Death Valley National Park.  Our car camps include excursions to Death Valley, the Mojave
National Preserve and an archeological dig in the Eastern Mojave.  Of course, we will be throwing
our annual  Groundhog Day
party.  This year the event conicides Valentines Day––two holidays in
one celebration!   This is not to be missed.  For more information on these and other events
please go to the

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.  To pay with a credit card, click here for membership, or here for donation.

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