About Friends of the Desert Mountains

Friends of the Desert Mountains is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 1987 by concerned citizens in the Coachella Valley In California. The group’s mission is to acquire and preserve land in the Coachella Valley and surrounding mountains, and to support education, conservation and research in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.

From the blog

  • 02.19.14

    Veterans and Volunteers Join Forces for Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

    Sledge hammers, shovels, crow bars and pure muscle were the tools used by 21 community volunteers and 13 members of a Veterans Conservation Corps—as they worked side-by-side today on a trail restoration project in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, just outside Palm Springs, CA. As we … read more

  • 02.11.14

    Grant from Edison International Puts Boots on the Ground

    We are pleased to announce that this week an all-veterans conservation crew began a four-week project to improve hiking trails in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument near Palm Springs, CA—thanks to a $35,000 grant from Edison International to the Conservation Lands Foundation for the effort. The … read more

  • 10.13.11

    Stewardship Project: an important component of the Friends Rendezvous

    Back-to-back workshops, productive conversations and air-conditioned conference rooms are all good. But by the last day of the recent Friends Rendezvous in Indian Wells, CA, people were more than happy to take those conversations outside and move some muscle. The occasion was a stewardship project, organized by local hosts Friends … read more