• Reading The Landscape: A Conscious Artist’s Checklist

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  • Desert view with winding road and mountains in background

    Explore our new Desert Monuments through MDLT’s Adventure Kit!

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  • View of desert mountains, Joshua Tree scrubl and, and winding dirt roads

    Long Canyon Peak Property:
    Protected December 2016

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  • sunrise along desert highway 62 with a creosote bush on the right-hand side

    Scenery Worth Saving:
    Join Us To Save Desert Land Along Hwy 62

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  • MDLT Protects and Connects the Unique Wildlife of the Mojave Desert

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  • Mojave Desert Land Trust Acquires Lands Inside Conservation Priority Areas

    Sell Your Land To MDLT

Our Mission: Mojave Desert Land Trust protects the Mojave Desert ecosystem and its scenic and cultural resource values.

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What’s New

MDLT accepting its award.

The Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) was recognized by Take It Outside California! at the 2017 California Land Conservation Conference for last year’s “From Military Service to Green Service” Volunteer Workday.


Mojave National Preserve.

Exciting news! This month, the Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) transferred 110 parcels of land, totaling 3,100 acres, to the Mojave National Preserve. These parcels are both ecologically and historically significant to the California desert. Not only do the lands contain forests of juniper and Mojave Yucca, they also include a century-old homestead site that served as the setting for the local history book, “Maruba: Homesteading in the Lanfair Valley.”

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Upcoming Events

Amboy Crater.


Saturday April 8, 2017
Amboy Crater

Amboy Crater may not be lit, but this open house sure will be! Join us for MDLT’s Open House on April 8 from 10am to 2pm in our big backyard at Amboy Crater, an extinct cinder cone in the Mojave Trails National Monument. Not only will our picnic have crafts and snacks, but we will also have our friends over to chat about ants, volcanoes, and maps. And what backyard picnic would be complete without chocolate lava cake? RSVP here.

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Where We Work

MDLT acquires, restores and protects culturally and biologically sensitive lands throughout a 24.5 million-acre service region in the California Desert, from north of Death Valley National Park to the border of Mexico.

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Get Involved

Connect with the desert you love & be a part of our efforts!

The success of MDLT’s mission depends on volunteers who help us extend our reach to educate, enroll, and invite others to participate in stewarding and protecting the Mojave Desert.

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New Desert Monuments!

Designated on February 12, 2016 – YOUR 3 Monuments are bright stars on the map for these lands we love, and places we play here in the rugged and beautiful California Desert.

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THE DESERT SUN: Diverse Groups Work to Boost Access to Treasured Lands

Check out this well-written Op-Ed published in the Desert Sun describing the important role Latinos play in encouraging stewardship in our Desert National Monuments.

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