Desert Weekend Adventure




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Learn about the many types of recreational activities people do in the California desert.

Select a season for visiting the desert.

Prepare an itinerary for a weekend adventure in the desert.

The students should plan to arrive at their desert destination on Friday evening. Have the students decide how they will travel and how long it will take to arrive in the California desert from their hometown.

Draw a map showing their desert destination.

Create a plan for your activities starting on Friday evening and ending on Sunday afternoon.


Friday - April 14

We will leave our home in San Francisco and fly to Ontario International Airport. We will rent a car and drive to the Eastern Mojave Preserve. We will camp at the Mid Hills Campground.

Saturday - April 15

Morning - After a wonderful breakfast we will hike 8 miles from Mid Hills to Hole in the Wall. We will hike through the canyons photographing the wildflowers that are in bloom. We will look for unusual birds and other wildlife.

Afternoon - After climbing the rings built into the stone canyon to get out of the Hole in the Wall we ate lunch. We drove about 5 miles to Mitchell's Caverns and took a tour of the limestone caverns. It was surprising cool inside. We stayed in a motel in Needles that night.

Sunday - April 16

Morning - As we traveled west on Interstate 40 we took a side trip to visit the beautiful Afton Canyon and then ate lunch at Calico Ghost Town outside of Barstow.

Afternoon - We drove through Cajon Pass and arrived at Ontario Airport for our flight back home. We had a wonderful desert adventure.


Rubric -

Grade the student projects on a scale of 1 - 6 (high). Students can receive the maximum score of 6 if their desert adventures includes the following: a well drawn map of their destination, a reasonable method of travel from their starting location to their desert destination, a reasonable itinerary of activities for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It should be written with the dates clearly marked and the activities clearly explained.