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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.


Tour of the Ridge Route

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.

Rendezvous Outbound - More Spanish Trail

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.

Rendezvous Trip Geology Death Valley

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.

Rendezvous Inbound trip - Geology of Titus Canyon

Geology Trip fromShoshone to Pahrump
Rondy Inbound

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.

Rendezvous Inbound trip - Spanish Trail

Rondy Inbound

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.

Please email 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 mandatory.