Preservation, Conservation, Education, Research

Our Vision:

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Together we share and protect the natural gifts that surround us in the Coachella Valley and make our desert home unique.


Join Us Under the Stars

Save the date for our annual Friends and Champions Celebration on November 7, 2019! Help us continue protecting the majestic views and unique creatures of the Coachella Valley at the Vintage Club in Indian Wells.


Our Impact

Friends of the Desert Mountains is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 1987 by a group of passionate, concerned citizens determined to help to protect the conservation land resources of the Coachella Valley. 

We’ve built a community of support with our partners, volunteers, and donors to save the unique diversity of the Coachella Valley.



Acres Protected

Since 1987, we’ve acquired tens of thousands of acres of desert, mountain, canyon, and woodlands. These lands are protected now and for future generations.



Threatened and Endangered Species

Our work helps to protect dozens of unique plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth and the habitat where they live and thrive.



Miles of Trails

We build, restore, and improve access throughout the Coachella Valley to improve the safety and enjoyment of hundreds of miles of recreational trails.


Calendar of Events

Select an event to register. Some events are volunteer-only. You can sign up to become a volunteer here. We hope to see you on the trail!


Our Programs

Friends of the Desert Mountains protects open space in the Coachella Valley and surrounding mountains by acquiring and preserving open land, cleaning up trash and invasive species, and researching the effects of climate change on our desert. We connect people to the land by building and restoring hiking trails and providing educational programs for all ages, so that together we can share and protect the natural gifts that surround us.



We protect the amazing natural gifts of the Coachella Valley by acquiring and preserving open space and preventing urban sprawl, but that is just the start. We also clean up trash and invasive plant species from thousands of acres of land.


Trail stewardship

We work to restore, maintain, and build hundreds of miles of world-class hiking trails in the Coachella Valley, from strolls through native fan palm oases to 10,000 foot ascents of Mount San Jacinto, helping residents and visitors to the desert connect with land safely and sustainably.


Community Science

We connect amateur naturalists with trained researchers to help answer big questions about our environment. The answers to these questions will be essential as we continue to deal with the effects of climate change on our desert.



We provide educational programs for all ages, so that together we can share and protect the natural gifts that surround us. From school groups to senior centers, and everything in between, we offer hikes, lectures, and unique outdoor experiences.


Get Involved

Our work wouldn’t be possible without you! Join us on a guided hike, discover the desert after dark on a Night Adventure, volunteer outdoors or in the office, or make a donation to help protect the unique wild spaces of the Coachella Valley!


Attend an Event

We offer guided hikes, wildflower walks, engaging lectures, and more. Most programs are free of charge!

Volunteer opportunities

Volunteer with us and join a community of passionate individuals committed to conservation in the Coachella Valley!

Make a Donation

Your donation directly supports the preservation of the rich natural and cultural heritage of our desert home!