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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.


Future Trips

ALL FUTURE TRIPS LISTED COULD BE POSTPONED OR CANCELLED, DEPENDING ON CURRENT COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS. PLEASE KEEP IN TOUCH WITH TRIP LEADERS FOR THE CURRENT STATUS OF EACH TRIP.

March 22-24, 2024  Desert Explorers

2024 Rendezvous -- Boulder City, Nevada

Rondy Coordinator: Mignon Slentz

Mark your calendars! Registration info is in the DE newsletter

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Rendezvous Inbound Trip

Friday, March 22

Around Clark Mountain

Leaders: Nelson Miller

Meet at 11:00 a.m at Cima Road Exit on the south side of I-15, on the west side of Cima Road, opposite the gas station. 

We will stop at Valley Wells Smelter site, Pachalka Spring, Mine with 4 arrastras, Kelly Field, Green’s Cabin, Coliseum Mine and Ivanpah (See East Mojave Heritage Trail Ivanpah to Rocky Ridge for information). Ideally we will exit at Yates Well Road, south of Primm by 3:30 p.m.

Please email Nelson Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you intend to join this trip.

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Rendezvous Inbound Trip

Friday, March 22

Bike Tour

Leaders: Mignon Slentz

Bring your fully charged electric bike and join us at 10:00 a.m. at venue for a 16 mile round trip on bike path downhill towards Lake Mead on the old railroad berm through the four RR tunnels. We will have lunch at The Lighthouse Kitchen which is halfway up the hill.Let Mignon know if you are interested. 702-321-2345 text

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Rendezvous

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Black Canyon Boat Trip

Leaders: Bob Jaussaud & Jay Lawrence

For the 2019 DE Rondy in Boulder City we organized a boat trip on the Colorado River from WillowBeach, AZ, north through Black Canyon to Hoover Dam. It seemed that everyone had a wonderful time so we thought we would organize another boat trip in Black Canyon for the upcoming 2024 Rondy in Boulder City. Black Canyon is awesome and the best way to see it is by boat. This time we plan to head downriver to Cottonwood Cove. Along the way we will be looking for Queho’s Cave, frogman petroglyphs, “The Caves, Painted 8 Cove, Grotto Wash, Elizabeth J Cove and Millsite Cove to name a few.

We plan to have lunch at the historic cafe at Cottonwood Cove (if you prefer to bring your own lunch that is ne). This may be the last opportunity to eat at the cafe as there are plans in the works to totaly redo all the facilities at Cottonwood Cove. After lunch we will boat back upriver to WillowBeach, planning to arrive no later than 3 p.m. If we are not back by 3 p.m. Ingo will send his “Bayou trained water rescue dogsto fetch us. So be assured we have a back-up plan.

The two pontoon boats we have reserved are relatively new. They have 150 hp Mercury 4-stroke outboards and comfortably seat 12 passengers each. The expense (including boat rental, tax, insurance and fuel) divided evenly between 12 passengers will be $60 each. Regarding pets, the policy at Willow Beach is that anything with a heartbeat going on the boat counts as a passenger, so pets are allowed, but their share will need to be paid. Sorry, Willow Beach rules.

We will meet at Willow Beach Marina Saturday, at 8:30 a.m., March 23, 2024 for this adventure. We need 12 paid “passengers” per boat to make this happen so if you would like to go please send your check to Tracy Wood ASAP.Make the check payable to MRVM (Mojave River Valley Museum) and mail it to Tracy Wood, 11875 2nd Avenue, Hesperia, CA 92345. Spaces will be reserved in chronological order so if you are number 13 to sign-up and we don’t get 24 passengers you may be out of luck. If need be, we will maintain a waiting list. If you make a reservation then need to cancel, refunds will be given if the vacated space can be filled.

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Rendezvous

Saturday, March 23

Valley of Fire

Leaders: Mignon Slentz

Points of interest- Roger’s Spring, short hike to Mouse’s Tank with petroglyphs, Visitor’s Center, Pink Canyon (10 minute walk), Atlatl Rock with best display of petroglyphs in the Valley. Bring a lunch.Note: if you went on this trip five years ago, these sites will be new to you.

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Rendezvous Outbound Trip

Sunday, March 24

Keyhole Canyon

Leaders: Mignon Slentz

& Nelson Miller

Visit Techaticup Mine area at Nelson in Eldorado Canyon to see old mining equipment, antique vehicles,buildings and much more a $2 charge is expected. Choose to stay and take the mine tour if interested on your own. Continue eight more miles south to Keyhole Canyon. Rock climbing site with petroglyphs, pictographs, dry waterfall, cupolas and amazing rock formations. From Boulder City it’s 16 miles south on Highway 95, then 3.4 miles off pavement to site. Can continue on to Searchlight and take Nipton Road to access I-15. Gather at Rondy HQ.

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Thursday-Friday, April 25-26

Alvord Mountains

Leader: Nelson Miller

 Alvord Mountains: Spanish Canyon, White Mountain, Alvord Mine. Camp by Mojave River Thursday night. Friday: Mojave River and Afton Canyon, exiting at Basin Road.  You can join us to camp Thursday evening or join either day for a one-day trip.

Please email Nelson Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you intend to join this trip

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Wednesday-Friday, May 8-10

Old Dale Mining Area Township, Mines & Mill Sites

Leader: Nelson Miller

Look for more details in upcoming issues of the DE newsletter.

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July 12-14, 2024

White Mountains and Bristlecone Pines

Leader: Jay Lawrence

This year we are adding some new territory to a trip that has become an old favorite. Mignon Slentz suggested adding a side trip to Sylvania ghost town and huge mill site and camping at Cottonwood Creek, which is on 168, about ten miles from Dyer and gas (about a one hour drive from Big Pine). Sylvania is close by off the Lida Road / Palmetta ruins. A short cut goes from Cottonwood Creek to back entrance of Sylvania. This sounds like an excellent way to freshen things up and see some new sights. Expect HOT daytime temps 90-100° in the low altitudes (4,000 feet) and coolish 40-50° nights in the high altitudes (8,000-11,000 feet). Email Jay for additional info. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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August 12-15

Out of Ely, NV:

Treasure City, Hamilton, Belmont Mill

Leaders: Glenn Shaw

Details will follow in our upcoming newsletters.

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Summer 2024

San Bernardino Mountains

Leader: Danny & Norma Siler

Come and enjoy a beautiful Saturday on dirt roads exploring the San Bernardino Mountains. Bring your families, kids and grandkids. We will be exploring specifically in the area north of Big Bear Lake including some sites in Holcomb Valley. We expect to have 10-12 stops to visit. More details in March.

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October 2024

Southern Utah:

San Rafael Swell Area

Leaders: Mignon Slentz

& Chris Duelk

Details will follow in our upcoming newsletters.

n Dial in your trip plans for 2024 and get them on our calendar!

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