To highlight the remarkable heritage, wildlife and recreation of the California Desert, The Wilderness Society announced tours with partners to explore California’s Desert Treasures.
From colorful wildflower blooms to endangered desert tortoises, these Desert Treasures reveal a remarkable and diverse landscape that should be protected for future generations.
- Nov. 11, 2014 – Rainbow Basin – Owl Canyon, in Rainbow Basin, is a spectacular canyon, where desert tortoises make their homes amongst the colored rocks and the power of geology to shape a landscape is on display. The hike is moderate, with some rock scrambling required. Bring the kids and celebrate Veterans Day in this incredible, lightly visited desert gem. This 3-4 hour, 3-4 mile round trip hike, will be in the late afternoon to show off the colorful canyon walls at their best.
- Dec. 6, 2014 – Chuckwalla Bench – The Wilderness Society will partner with the Mojave Desert Land Trust to lead a daylong driving tour of Chuckwalla Basin on the historic Bradshaw Trail. This tour will require 4WD vehicles. Though we’ll be covering a lot of ground, we’ll be getting out of our vehicles frequently to enjoy this wild, scenic, and little-visited part of the Colorado Desert, home to one of the best habitats for the endangered desert tortoise.