Scheduled Desert Explorer Trips
Trip descriptions are usually published in the newsletter at least one month before they are posted on this website.
All Desert Explorers trips require a four-wheel drive vehicle and a working CB unless otherwise specified by the trip leader.
We welcome newcomers, but IF THIS WILL BE YOUR FIRST TRIP, please talk with the trip leader about your vehicle, camping gear, and off-highway driving experience; you won't have a good time if you get stuck, cold, wet, or hungry! Also, please read the "fine print," which describes the rules we follow on our trips.
We now have a satellite telephone for use where conventional telephone or cell-phone service is not available. See the Satellite Telephone Policy. For each trip, the decision to bring the satellite telephone, and if it to be used only for emergencies, is made by the trip leader. Talk with the trip leader if the use of the satellite telephone is important to you.
Tour of Ridge Route
May 9, 2020 Leader: Bob Jacoby
We will meet on Saturday morning May 9 in the Gorman area. We will be following the historic Ridge Route which was the original auto road between Los Angeles and Bakersfield. The tour will be led by a local historian who will provide historical information for the entire route. We will be having lunch on the trail.
The road has not been maintained for over 50 years, so you can expect just about any kind of conditions. High clearance, at least, will be required.
There may be a $5 charge by the historian for each person on the trip. For more information, contact Bob Jacoby.
Further Exploration of the Antonio Armijo Route of the Old Spanish Trail
Sunday, April 5, 2020
Leader: Nelson Miller
We will depart from the Rondy at 8:30 a.m. to further explore the possible route of Antonio Armijo, the Mexican trader who established the Old Spanish Trail from Santa Fe, NM to the San Gabriel Mission in the Los Angeles, CA area. We will proceed from Stump Spring and then westward toward Emigrant Pass and on to Tecopa, the Western Talc Mine, down Sperry Wash partially along the route of the T&T Railroad to Dumont Dunes and end at Salt Springs.
Please email NEMiller47@yahoo. com if you think you are coming so I have an idea of how many vehicles, but this is not mandatory.
Geology of Titus Canyoninto Death Valley Rondy Day Trip
Saturday, April 4th, 2020 Leader: Bill Neill
From Pahrump, we will caravan northwest about 50 miles on highways to Beatty, then 26 miles on a one-way route down Titus Canyon into Death Valley. In Titus Canyon we’ll view dramatic geology with help from a geology guidebook, and tour the Leadfield ghost town. Upon reaching pavement at Scotty’s Castle Road, we will disperse in the afternoon for our return drive through Furnace Creek back to Pahrump.
Geology Trip fromShoshone to Pahrump
Friday, April 3, 2020 Leader: Bill Neill
Bill will present a program on geology of the Amargosa region designed for presentations to Audubon Society / Sierra Club / CA Native Plant Society. The inbound trip will consist of this presentation at Shoshone Museum, followed by a stop at the colorful volcanic roadcut exposure east of Shoshone along the highway to Pahrump.
Meet in front of Shoshone Museum between 1:30 and 1:50 for a 2 p.m. slideshow on “Geology of the Amargosa Region” between Death Valley and Las Vegas. Then we will caravan about 25 miles on Highway 178 to Pahrump, stopping at one road cut through volcanic rock to view a black obsidian layer and mini-geodes. We should arrive at Pahrump by 4 p.m.
Exploration of theArmijo Route of the Old Spanish Trail
Friday, April 3, 2020 Leader: Nelson Miller
Meet at 11:00 a.m. at the Terrible Herbst Chevron Station on the west side of the I-15 in Jean, NV. We will gather in the back southwest corner.
We will proceed to Good Springs, over Wilson Pass and westerly to Black Butte and then to Calvada Springs, exploring some mine works and exploring the possible route of Antonio Armijo, the Mexican trader who established the Old Spanish Trail from Santa Fe, NM to the San Gabriel Mission in the Los Angeles, CA area.
We should be in Pahrump for Happy Hour.