At the Imperial Valley Desert Museum, we believe that learning comes best through experience and there is no better place to learn than our own backyard. The desert has a rich history and an astounding echological system. By taking the time to explore, examine and appreciate the desert, a connection is made between the hiker and the desert that is unique to each individual. Come experience the Southern California deserts on one of the following hikes:
a three out of five jalapeno group - these hikes are spicy
These hikes focus on the Jacumba area where high elevations and diverse terrain are par for the course. This hiking group never uses a trail, so please know your limits and pack accordingly. Email the hike coordinator for a schedule.
a one out of five jalapeno group - bring your dog (as suggested)
Call the El Centro Field Office at 760-337-4400 to reserve your spot! Join a BLM Park Ranger on a hike to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act in 2014. Follow the links on the website to see the hike description and check out the gear list below.
a one out of five jalapeno group - for naturalists of all ages
Canyoneers are San Diego Natural History Museum volunteers trained to teach appreciation of plants and animals in southern California. Check their schedule of hikes.
hiking with wheels
There are plenty of Jeep roads around the county that offer access to many of the deserts best attractions. Check out the website or Email for details, using the hiking group name as the subject heading.
a one out of five jalapeno group - a nice meander (this group is not yet active this season)
A moderate group open to all skills and ages. Bring the usual: daypack, lunch, broad brimmed hat, hiking boots, lots of water, maybe a windbreaker or sweater. Please, no portable music players. Email for details, using the hiking group name as the subject heading.
Departing the museum every 25th day of the month, these intermediate hikes will help you know your limits. Email for details, using the hiking group name as the subject heading.
a four out of five jalapeno group - experienced hikers only (this group is not yet active this season)
Scaling rocks is par for the course - in fact, that's the whole point. Distance doesn't matter much for this group, it's all about height. Email for details, using the hiking group name as the subject heading.