Night Dunes: Camping in the Backcountry at the Oasis Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms - Palm Springs Life %

Night Dunes: Camping in the Backcountry at the Oasis Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms

All experience levels are welcome on this 26-hour excursion to the Pinto Basin Sand Dunes.
About this event

All experience levels are welcome on this 26-hour excursion to the Pinto Basin Sand Dunes. While not actually dunes at all, but rather a thin layer of sand covering a low-lying ridge, this location within the Colorado Desert portion of Joshua Tree National Park. If conditions are right there might also be an array of spring flora to observe. The New Moon will have just occurred on April 1, which means that the already superbly dark skies of the Pinto Basin will be in optimal dark sky conditions. Emphasis will be given to best practices when backcountry camping, including but not limited to: meal planning, water management, camp setup, and the minimization of impact on wilderness areas.

Please download the course outline: Night Dunes: Camping in the Backcountry Spring 2022

Hike Level: Easy/Moderate, Variable distance based on interests. This is should be considered a low-mileage backpacking trip. The maximum achievable distance would be 12.5 miles spread out over the 26hrs, but this is flexible and easily trimmed to suit individual needs.

If you are a member of JTNPA you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.

Please print and fill out the PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT. You can bring the completed form to the class.

Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel, notify us at least seven days prior to the start of the course and we will process your request minus a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds, transfers, or credits will be granted if cancellation occurs within the seven day period. Please note that we cannot make any exceptions to this refund policy for any reason, including but not limited to medical reasons, illness, travel delays, personal situations, emergencies, or weather. This program depends on registration for its funding. While inconvenient, please understand that this policy enables us to sustain our programs even with last minute cancellations.

Cost: Member JTNPA $90 / Non-Member $100.

 


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Photo by Hilary Sloane

Travis Puglisi is a 20 year resident of the Morongo Basin and the owner/operator of Wandering Mojave Hiking Services. Travis has a cultivated appreciation of desert environments, having lived and worked in Antarctica for 27 months, at UC Riverside’s Granite Mountain Desert Research Station as a steward and trail builder, and the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Travis is a self-taught naturalist with an emphasis on Mojave Desert flora and fauna. His hikes feature a conversational style that makes the landscape accessible and an interpretive manner of route planning that typically combines established trails and cross-country travel.

a cultivated appreciation of desert environments, having lived and worked in Antarctica for 27 months, at UC Riverside’s Granite Mountain Desert Research Station as a steward and trail builder, and the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Travis is a self-taught naturalist with an emphasis on Mojave Desert flora and fauna. His hikes feature a conversational style that makes the landscape accessible and an interpretive manner of route planning that typically combines established trails and cross-country travel.

Date

Apr 02 - 03 2022

Time

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Location

Oasis Visitor Center at Joshua Tree National Park
74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA, USA

Organizer

Desert Institue at Joshua Tree National Park
Phone
760-367-5535
Email
desertinstitute@joshuatree.org
Website
https://www.joshuatree.org/
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