Based in Joshua Tree, California, “Death Valley Jim” Mattern documents the hidden treasures of the American deserts with a focus on Death Valley National Park, Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave National Preserve. He is the most widely known for his two book series, Secret Places of the Mojave and his Death Valley Tours.
What’s Special Newsweek Magazine called Jim, “an explorer, writer and activist who knows the California desert as well as anyone alive.” The Death Valley Jim Radio Program” airs Saturday mornings on KPTR in Southern California’s Coachella Valley.
Death Valley National Park Guided Tour Service The backcountry of Death Valley holds all of the secrets of the park – five major dune systems, palm oases, ghost towns, thousands of mines, Native American petroglyphs and pictographs, and countless geological wonders. Travel to places most people will never see and experience what Death Valley is all about. This tour has a two-day minimum.
Mojave Desert Petroglyph and Pictograph Tour Native American “Rock Art” in the form of petroglyphs (rock carvings) and pictographs (paintings on rock) are located throughout the Mojave Desert. The most difficult task for enthusiasts or even the curious is finding and getting to see these ancient designs in person. Jim has spent several years exploring and documenting these sites in the Mojave Desert – from Death Valley National Park to Joshua Tree, the Mojave National Preserve and everywhere in between. He is happy to share these sites with people who have an interest and passion.
Mojave Desert / California Ghost Town and Mines Tour The Mojave Desert is home to thousands of old ghost towns and mining camps. Some are well preserved and others, not so much. The best preserved and most interesting of these abandoned ruins are usually far from the beaten path and tucked away safely from vandals and metal scrappers. Jim has spent several years exploring and documenting these sites.
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