At the Imperial Valley Desert Museum, we celebrate the desert in all its beauty and what it has to offer. We encourage you to step outside, come explore with us, and get to know the wonders in your own backyard!
The IVDM operates and has partnered with a number of local groups to provide safe, responsible, and supervised opportunities to hike and explore our local region and its treasures.
For those just getting started (or looking to get back into it), we encourage you to consider the IVDM Lowlanders hiking program -- a hiking group for beginners to get out and explore through short, 3-mile roundtrip, flatland experiences.
For the more adventurous and experienced, please check out our hiking partners: the Jacumba Hikers!
The IVDM Lowlanders is an introductory hiking program led by museum staff, most hikes are approximately 3-miles roundtrip. Our hikes are on Sundays and begin at the Imperial Valley Desert Museum (unless otherwise stated), leaving at 8:00AM and returning about noon.
Children are always welcome as long as they're able to walk or be carried throughout the hike.
Dogs are welcome on designated hikes, please leash your furry friend!
Grab your boots and let's explore the sights and wonders of Imperial Valley!
The Jacumba Hikers is an advanced hiking program led by our hiking partners. Hikes vary in steepness and distance, with the most challenging hike being 10-miles roundtrip! Jacumba Hikers meet on Saturdays and begin at the Imperial Valley Desert Museum (unless otherwise stated), leaving at 8:00AM and returning in the afternoon.
Hiking Guidelines & Safety Tips
The Deserts of Southern California are beautiful but dangerous. We ask that all hikers, explorers, and off-roaders know their limits!
The IVDM Lowlanders and Jacumba Hikers require you know and follow specific guidelines and safety tips to ensure a safe and fun hike.