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.

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.

Coming Up

Sat Jul 08 @11:00AM - 01:00PM
DE Meeting