Future Trips

Here we list trips scheduled by the Desert Explorers for the near and distant future. Also listed are some trips that are organized and led by our members but which do not require membership in the Mojave River Valley Museum (MRVM) and are, therefore, not MRVM-sponsored Desert Explorer trips.

Some trips, such as those involving stays at private residences or visits to obscure rock art sites, are posted only in the Desert Explorers' Newsletter. Conversely, some impromptu trips will be posted here and not in the Newsletter.

All trip participants will be required to sign our waiver.

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.

Dale Mining District

Dale Mining District

Friday – Sunday, June 2-4

Leader: Nelson Miller

Exploration of the Dale Mining District, east of 29 Palms.  We will visit the town sites of Old Dale and New Dale, a couple of mill sites, and possibly a dozen different mines, most of which also had mill sites associated with them.  There appear to be large structures still standing at several of these sites.  Most of the mining in the Dale District occurred from 1883 into the 1920’s.  Mines of the High Desert, by Ronald Dean Miller, describes the mines, people and history of this mining district.  It is available at the Mojave River Valley Museum in Barstow, or online through Amazon.  This book is dedicated to Fred Vaile who was known as the last of the old-time burro prospectors.  Coincidently, Fred Vaile graduated from Pomona College, as did both Bill Mann and I, albeit decades apart. 

Vehicles with high clearance and low-range, 4- wheel drive are required for this trip.  Meet in the parking lot behind the 29 Palms Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center at 73484 Twentynine Palms Highway (Highway 62) at 1:30 PM on Friday.  Enter the parking lot from Desert Queen Avenue, next to the Arco Station.  This is five blocks west of Adobe Road, which is the main entry road for the Marine Corps Base.

Please e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you think you are coming, so I have an idea of how many vehicles.  Please contact Nelson Miller for directions, if you are interested in joining us at the campsite Friday night, or Saturday morning.  Everyone will be responsible for their own meals, but bring things to share for “Happy Hour” both evenings.

Desert Explorers April Meeting

Saturday, April 15th

11:00 a.m. • Potluck lunch

Marian & Neal Johns’ Home

Directions to Neal & Marian’s

Take I-15 Exit Sierra Ave. and proceed uphill, Northwest into the mountains following Lytle Creek Wash.

You will pass the Valero gas station (on your left) and shortly continue through a stoplight.

Go six and one fourth miles, passing the Ranger Station and two stores on the right and our two story house is on the left behind a black iron fence directly across the street from the white, modular Post Office.

If you get to cross street Valley Vista, you have gone 100 feet too far. Several friendly dogs will greet you but are confined behind fences.

Desperate calls for assistance:  (909) 887-1549.

Sidewinder, Stoddard and West Ord Mountains

Sidewinder, Stoddard and West Ord Mountains

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Leader: Nelson Miller

Meet in front of,  Walmart (20251 State Highway 18 – Happy Trails Highway, Apple Valley, CA), next to McDonalds at 9:15 a.m. There are dinosaurs to see in the desert! We will visit dinosaurs, Fairview Dry Lake, see guzzlers, mines, springs and wells, not to mention interesting scenery, as we explore the area between Apple Valley and Barstow.

Please e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you think you are coming, so I have an idea of how many vehicles, but this is not required.

Santa Ana Mountains Tour

Santa Ana Mountains Tour

April 1,  2017

Leader: Bob Jacoby

CB 13

Who says there is no off roading in Orange County? Join us for an interesting and scenic ridgetop trip across the Santa Ana Mountains. We will follow the Main Divide Road from above Lake Elsinore to Santiago Peak. We will then briefly retrace our steps to exit the mountains on the spectacular Indian Truck Trail.

We are tentatively planning a museum stop and a group dinner once we get back to the flat lands. This should be a very fun day filled with scenery and some interesting, moderately difficult roads. In fact, most of the trip will be easy but there are several very steep places where significant erosion has occurred. As a result, high clearance and four wheel drive will be required.

An Adventure Pass will also be required to go on the trip. This is an absolute requirement of the Cleveland National Forest.

Email Bob Jacoby at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you plan to go on this fun one day trip. Specific instructions regarding the meeting place will be provided. Thanks.

DE Rendezvous 2017

The 2017 Desert Explorers Rendezvous will be held March 10 through March 12 in Blythe, California. There will be the usual inbound trips, including a tour of the historic Bradshaw Trail.  On Friday evening we will have a potluck and establish the Silent Auction. Saturday will offer a choice of several different trips, including a jaunt into Arizona. On Saturday evening there will be a BBQ dinner catered by a local restaurant. In addition, we will have an after dinner speaker.

Finally, on Sunday there will be outbound trips, including a visit to the remote Patton cabin and a trip over Patton Pass. More specific information is  available in the DE newsletters along with the registration form. You will need to make your own reservations with the Riviera Resort (760-922-5350) and also pay a $5.00 registration fee (in addition to the $15.00 per person Saturday night catered dinner reservation) using the registration form that appears in the newsletter.

Don't forget to bring a dish to share for the Friday evening potluck!

Don't forget to bring something for the Silent Auction!