This trip is scheduled on a requested basis. You need to contact us to determine dates and availability.
Spend 2 days 4-wheeling in the desert and 1 night camping in the desert. We will visit portions of the Mojave Desert about 90 miles east of Los Angles. The desert is a varied landscape for off-highway vehicle drivers. The area is punctuated by steep red rocky, mountains, rolling hills, open valleys, dry lake beds and sandy washes. Elevations range from about 1,300 feet to elevation of about 4,600 feet. Vegetation consists of Creosote bush, Yucca, Cholla, Cats Claw, and Joshua trees. The trip can be tailored to meet your requirements from mild scenic desert trails to difficult rock crawling and anything in between. Cell phones work intermittently.
Desert Expedition Itinerary:
Day 1 Orientation
Fly into LAX. We will pick you up and transport you to your hotel. You can complete the vehicle rental agreement and any other paperwork. There will be a vehicle introduction and briefing. You can purchase dinner at the hotel or at a nearby restaurant.
Day 2 LA to Johnson Valley
Departure is 5:30AM with a quick stop for coffee and rolls on the way. The first part of our trip is about 2 hour on Highways. Once we are in the desert, we shift into 4 low and review driving skills required for a day of desert 4-wheeling. Our destination is our camp site in a remote corner of desert. We will set up camp and enjoy a great meal prepared outdoors.
Day 3 More Desert
After breakfast, we will break camp and head out into the desert again. Later in the day we will head back to LA with a stop at a restaurant along the way for dinner. Depending when we decide to break away from the desert, we might not arrive at the hotel until late.
Day 4 Fly Home
Fly out from LAX. Catch up on sleep.
Note on Itinerary:
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change due to weather and unforeseen events such as wildfires, mud slides, Interstate highway closures and Park closures. This includes changes to routes and departure / arrival times when circumstances or conditions warrant. This trip is operated rain or shine. Pre registration and payment is required. Drivers will need a valid driver’s license. Drivers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Driver and passenger must be able to climb into a SUV type vehicle. Each person will be required to sign a waiver of liability and complete a brief medical information form. At times the only toilet available is the primitive equipment we bring with us.
Pick up at LAX airport; Professional 4-wheel drive instruction and guided trip; use of a 4-wheel drive vehicle (maximum of 2 people per vehicle), gasoline, all camping equipment (Tent, sleeping bag, pad, camp and chair); meals as noted on the daily itinerary; Cooler, soda, water and ice, cooking gear; group first-aid kit, campsite and permit fees.
Transportation to and from your hometown to LAX; insurance of any kind; Hotels; restaurant meals; alcoholic beverages (No alcohol will be consumed during our driving period not even with lunch. There will be time around the campfire to enjoy whatever you bring. Note no glass containers are allowed); additional snacks you want; guide gratuities; and items of a personal nature.
Bring clothing for a wide range of weather. A flashlight or headlamp, hat and sunscreen is recommended.
The 4-wheel drive challenge is rated as moderate 3-4 (of 10) but may feel more challenging for those who are less experienced. Your guide will assist with instruction, coaching and spotting to help you through. The trip ranges in elevation from several hundred feet below sea level to 6,000 feet. Participants need to assess their health situation. While this is a vehicle dependent trip, definitive medical care can be more then several hours away.
Daytime temperatures usually range between 55° – 80° F. – summer months can exceed 100° and winter lows can sometimes drop a bit lower. Evening temperatures typically drop into the 40° – 50° F range but can drop into the 30’s depending on the season.