Friends of the Desert Mountains
A Conservation Legacy
Who we are
Over the last 30 years, Friends of the Desert Mountains has built a conservation legacy in the Coachella Valley, helping to preserve the unique wildlife and scenic beauty of our desert and the surrounding mountains. We acquire and preserve wildlands, support ecological research, provide natural history education to students young and old, and steward the land through trail maintenance and invasive species control.
what we've done
From the San Gorgonio Pass to the Salton Sea, Friends of the Desert Mountains has protected over 53,000 acres – forever protecting the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, Coachella Valley Preserve, Whitewater Canyon, and critical wildlife corridors linking the San Jacinto and San Bernardino Mountains.
Acquiring wildlands is only the beginning of our conservation mission. We know that the land will not steward itself, so we work with volunteers and private and public partners to maintain and preserve our precious wild resources – through trail maintenance, invasive species control, trash cleanups, and more. We work to connect and educate the community by supporting the National Monument Visitor Center, leading hikes, and offering classes and events that reveal the wonders of this place we call home.
Our passion is the land, and we work to share that passion with future generations.
Where we're headed together
We’re going to build on the successes and accomplishments of the past 30 years. We know that our greatest achievements are still to come. As we enter our fourth decade, we’re working harder than ever to ensure that this amazing place will continue to be protected, now and forever. And we need your help.
With your support, we will be able to conserve at least 1,000 additional acres per year and redouble our stewardship efforts by installing new and better signage throughout the over 500 miles of trails in the Coachella Valley. This will connect our community to the natural wonders of our mountains, combat increased threats to our trails and ecosystems from erosion, trash, invasive species, and improper use, and educate our youth to care for the land that will be theirs. With your help, we can ensure benefits that will last for years to come.
Join us, and we can work together to protect our home. The road ahead will be forged by the hard work of our staff, volunteers, and partners, and by the financial support of donors like you!