[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]-By Rhyan Schicker The morning of Saturday, March 25th, the campground in Afton Canyon Natural Area was full of excitement. [vc_separator type='transparent' position='center' color='' thickness=2' up='' down='']Staff from the Amargosa Conservancy, BLM, Sierra Club, and Leave No Trace completed final preparations for the arrival of the campers. We were hosting a weekend of camping...

In partnership with the Hispanic Access Foundation, the Amargosa Conservancy has been leading trips to Afton Canyon, in the new Mojave Trails National Monument. Many groups throughout the California desert are trying to provide information and access to the beautiful lands that belong to all citizens of United States. On National Public Lands Day [always the last Saturday in September, so this...

Located in northeastern San Bernadino county in Eastern California, the Kingston Range and Wilderness partially drain into the Amargosa Basin. The 7000+ ft peaks rise in the distance to the southeast of Shoshone and Tecopa. Though there are many ways to access the Kingstons, we approached from Tecopa, past the turnoff to China Ranch and continuing up into the California Valley...

  Hide and Seek River The Amargosa River is over 175 miles long and often is called the “hide and seek” river because of its inclination to travel underground, occasionally resurfacing to create lush oases surrounded by a harsh dry desert environment. Theses oases are isolated from one another, and, as a result, each one provides unique habitats for species that are...

[caption id="attachment_327" align="alignleft" width="300"] Looking across the Silurian Valley. The Avawatz Mountains and Salt Creek as viewed from the recently denied solar project site.[/caption] The Silurian Valley, a vast expanse of creosote scrub and sand dunes surrounded by rugged mountain ranges, has become a flashpoint in the debate about utility-scale solar in the California desert. Spanish energy giant Iberdrola proposed a...