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.

2020 Annual Desert Explorers Rendezvous

2020 Annual Desert Explorers Rendezvous

April 3-5, 2020 Pahrump, Nevada

Mark your calendars now! We’ll have trips in the area and wine and dine in Pahrump. Trips, Rondy Dinner, and guest speaker info will be announced as things come together.

Ocotillo to Borrego

Ocotillo to Borrego

March 19-21, 2020 Leader: Jay Lawrence

Start at Ocotillo, explore Dos Cabezas, Indian Hill and Mortero Canyon areas, hike to palms and pictos. Run southern Borrego trails, visit area highlights. Dry camp with “pot luck happy hour” Saturday night in ABDSP

East Mojave Heritage Trail, Kelso to Needles

East Mojave Heritage Trail – Kelso to Needles

Friday - Sunday, October 25 - 27, 2019  (rescheduled from Friday-Sunday May 3-5, 2019 due to conflict)
Leader: Nelson Miller

Meet at Kelso Depot Visitor Center (east end of the parking lot), 90942 Kelso Cima Rd, Kelso, CA 92309, Friday, May 3 at 11:00 a.m. We will travel through or around the edges of the Providence Mountains, Piute Mountains, Old Woman Mountains, Turtle Mountains, Whipple Mountains, Chemuhuevi Mountains, and the Sacramento Moun.tains, with two dry camps along the way. We will have potluck Happy Hour and dinner both nights. This will finish the end of EMHT #3, which we did not finish on the last trip and EMHT #4. Both books may be purchased either from Mojave River Valley Museum or Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association (Goffs), 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 know how many vehicles to expect