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.

Arizona Route 66

Arizona Route 66

Saturday-Tuesday, April 13-16 Leaders: Axel Heller  & Bob Jacoby

Preliminary information: Travel across Arizona on alignments of Route 66 to New Mexico border. Motel accommodations or RV campsite for evenings (RV can take 6 people per site/tent). Optional segment will continue into New Mexico if interested. Details will follow in future Newsletters

Rattlesnake Canyon

Rattlesnake Canyon, Mines,Cabins & Springs

Saturday, December 8, 2018 Leader: Nelson Miller

We will drive up the beautiful, twisty Rattlesnake Canyon on the north side of the San Bernardino Mountains and see Charles McClure’s claims, who rediscovered old Spanish workings and mined in the Viscera Springs area from 1941 to about 1960. There are also a number of cabins, a windmill, and some other assorted mines, and perhaps a Spanish smelter.

Meet at the Lucerne Valley Market, 32946 State Highway 18, Lucerne Valley at 9:00 a.m. The market is at the northeast corner of Barstow Road and Highway 18, just a quarter mile south of Barstow Road and Old Woman Springs Road (where Highway 247 makes a 90 degree bend.) There is a good map and Bill Mann’s books at the market. We will be seeing some of the sites in Volume 6, Guide to Big Bear. If you want to pick them up, please arrive early. If you are coming from the east, we can arrange to meet you at the Rattlesnake Canyon turn-off, which is 18.5 miles east of Old Woman Springs Road.

The mining area is 5,500 to 6,000 feet elevation, so depending on the weather, it may be chilly. Rain will cancel, but usually will not get rain here, even if it rains in Los Angeles.

I intend to return to pavement at Baldwin Lake, which is just east of Big Bear Lake, before 5:00 p.m.

Please email Nelson Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you plan to attend so I will know how many vehicles to expect. I can also send you some articles from Desert Magazine about this area.


East Mojave Heritage Trail #3

East Mojave Heritage Trail #3

Rocky Ridge to Fenner

Friday - Sunday, October 26-28

Leader: Nelson Miller

Meet Friday, October 26, at 11:00 a.m. at the Shell Station/DQ at the southwest end of Baker, 71808 Baker Blvd, Baker, CA 92309. 

This trip will focus on the side trips and sights to see along the way, rather than necessarily completing the entire route.  Total trip is about 200 miles with gas at Ludlow near the midpoint and Fenner at end of trip. Some of the sights may include petroglyphs, lava falls, Rocky Ridge (steep wagon descent), Sands (plank road), Crucero, Mesquite Springs, Desert Megaphone, T and T railroad, Broadwell Dry Lake, Ragtown, Bagdad-Chase & Onyx Mines, Kelso Dunes, Kelso Station, Vulcan Mine, and Providence Ghost Town.  Some of these sights may involve short hikes up to about a half mile.  You can purchase the Guidebook to the East Mojave Heritage Trail, Rocky Ridge to Fenner by Dennis Casebier from the Mojave River Valley Museum (Barstow) or the Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association (at Goffs). If you are interested let me know and I will try to have some available on the trip.

We will dry camp Friday and Saturday nights.

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 to plan for camping, or call me at 760.247.0984 with any questions. 

Desert Explorers General Meeting

Saturday, December 15, 2018

11:00 a.m. • Potluck lunch & Christmas Party

Allan & Ding Wicker's Home

Directions to Allan and Ding Wicker’s House

In Claremont go north on Indian Hill Blvd. past Foothill Blvd. At the third break in the median (counting from Foothill) turn left into the entrance to Griswold’s townhomes. You will see a set of three gates connected to an ivy-covered wall and tile-roofed townhomes.

From I-210 eastbound the closest exit is Towne Ave. Then south (right) on Towne to Foothill, (left) on Foothill to Indian Hill.

From the I-210 westbound get off at Baseline and go west on Baseline to Indian Hill Blvd. Turn left (south). Approach the northern-most gate at the entrance. Stop there, and at the keyboard punch 037  (there is a directory). That will ring Allan’s phone, and he will answer and open the gate from his phone.

Once the gate is open, pass through it turning right immediately. Then follow the street until the first left opportunity. Turn left and again left at the next opportunity. Park in any available parking area-not along the curb. The 1430 on the side of the house should be visible from the street.

Walk up the driveway, and follow the sidewalk to the house entrance. Desperation calls for assistance (909) 445-0082