The Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) and the Native American Land Conservancy (NALC) are leading a moonlight adventure hike and interpretive program at the Cadiz Dunes Wilderness Area in the newly designated Mojave Trails National Monument. This is the first program of its kind into Mojave Trails National Monument and is part of a year-long suite of celebrations with the Conservation Lands Foundation in honor of each of the three new CA Desert Monuments: Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains.

cadiz-dunes-by-gary-givenDuring this event, the NALC will host special cultural programming with oral stories told around the sunset and full moon rise. MDLT will lead guided moonlight walks to discover the nighttime creatures and plants of the dune ecosystem. This partnership aims to connect community members to the rich history and significance of America’s Public Lands, and to provide an immersive series of outings as a way to celebrate and raise awareness about the California Desert.

cadiz-dunes-bymonicalmahoneyPlease note the program is now FULL. Monica Mahoney, MDLT Director of Education and Public Engagement, who developed the program collaboratively with the Native American Land Conservancy notes: “Since the designations, our organizations have had an outpouring of interest in the new California Desert Monuments. The Cadiz Dunes outing is the first of many unique opportunities for the public to experience the biological and cultural treasures in the three new Monuments. Please sign up to receive upcoming Monuments event notices at we look forward to meeting you!”

For press inquiries contact:

Shauna Tucker, Creative Services & Media Advisor Mojave Desert Land Trust – – (760) 366-5440

For program inquiries contact:

Monica Mahoney, Director of Education and Public Engagement Mojave Desert Land Trust – – (760) 366-5440

Partners include The BLM Needles Field Office, Native American Land Conservancy, Hispanic Access Foundation and the Conservation Lands Foundation.

Photo credits: Gary Givens (tops) and Monica Mahoney (bottom)