Afton Canyon is often referred to as the “Grand Canyon” of the Mojave Desert.  The use of off-road vehicles, cattle grazing and the introduction of non-native plants to the canyon led its designation as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern in 1980. Through 12 years of restoration efforts, including the planting of over 10,000 native trees, the Mojave River’s condition improved and migratory birds returned to the canyon. Today, over 180 species of birds have been spotted in Afton Canyon.

Amargosa Conservancy will host a group of 20 guests from Nuevo Comienzo Church to camp in the canyon, conduct bird surveys and map invasive tamarisk. Additional volunteers welcome; however, INTERESTED ATTENDEES MUST RSVP.

Saturday & Sunday, October 8-9, beginning at 10:00 am

Attendance limited, please RSVP. FREE admission.

Contact: Tanya Henderson, Amargosa Conservancy – (760) 852-4339 –

This event is featured as part of a series of California Desert Centennial Celebrations, honoring 100 years of the National Park Service, and raising awareness for the next 100 years of all of our public lands. For more events visit