It's summer! Hiking groups have now gone on summer hiatus due to the heat. We will let you know when they are back in action this Fall! 


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:

1126121109a.jpg        Jacumba Hikers

a three out of five jalopeno 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.

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a one out of five jalopeno group - a nice meander

 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.

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a one out of five jalopeno 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. 

1126121159a.jpg    Natural History Museum Canyoneers

a one out of five jalopeno 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. 

0930121331a.jpg       The 25th-ers

                           a three out of five jalepeno group - training for the truly spicy hikes

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.

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a four out of five jalopeno group - experienced hikers only

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.


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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.


All photographs taken by IVDM staff or used with permission by Joselito Villero and Michael Field. All rights reserved.2014.