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Mojave Desert Land Trust x Biltwell x Babes Ride Out Pin | A Commitment to Leave No Trace

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Our planet is precious. No matter where we go, we want to be conscious of the impact we have on the incredible natural landscapes we have the privilege of experiencing from the rider’s seat. One of our goals at Babes Ride Out 6 is to be more respectful of the ecosystems we enjoy. After all, we want future Babes to be able to ride around these desert lands for generations to come.

We have partnered with the Mojave Desert Land Trust to help reduce our footprint on the desert and everywhere we roam on two wheels or four. That is why we are excited to launch the official Mojave Desert Land Trust x Biltwell x Babes Ride Out pin. $5 from every pin sold will be donated to the Mojave Desert Land Trust to help them keep securing and protecting this beautiful place we call home. 

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Stop by the Mojave Land Trust Booth when you arrive at Babes Ride Out 6 to purchase this limited edition lapel pin and know you are truly making a difference.

How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint and Visit the Park and Monuments Respectfully

One of the greatest joys of exploring on two wheels is capturing special moments to share with your family and friends. We want your loyal Instagram followers to see your stunning snapshots of that earth-splitting desert sunset or that adorable desert tortoise, but we also want these special landscapes and habitats to stay the way they were before we rode into town.

There are a few things to keep in mind when striking out to take pictures in fragile ecosystems. Our friends at the Mojave Desert Land Trust are experts on how artists (yes, Instagram artists count, too!) can consciously engage with the desert. Their Reading the Landscape program, guides artists through the process of creating in a way that ensures the desert will provide inspiration for generations to come.

 Going off road can create irreversible damage to the ecosystem. Here are MDLT’s tips for reducing your impact on the desert while still getting that perfect shot:

·         Stay on designated roads and trails. Avoid loose sand and soil – especially if you’re setting up a tripod! Designated areas are always a safe bet.

·         Take what you brought, including debris, chemicals, equipment, and liquids. Pack it in, pack it out!

·         Leave what you find, including rocks, vegetation, animals, bones, and historical trash.

·         Know who owns the land prior to your site visit, as well as how to access the land through legal routes and using an appropriate vehicle.

·         Identify and avoid on-site cultural resources, historic debris, and wildlife burrows. For example: A desert tortoise burrow entrance looks like the letter “D” lying on its side.

·         Respect the wildlife by giving them space. For close-up shots, make sure you have your zoom lens on hand.

·         Review the rules and regulations of the land management agency specific to your project. Obtain a commercial permit, when appropriate. If you intend to create art within Joshua Tree National Park’s boundaries, determine if your project requires a Special Use Permit. Commercial filming or photography requires a filming permit, but permits are not required for news crews or visitors photographing for personal use. All permit applications can be emailed to JOTR_Special_Use@NPS.Gov

·         Use Instagram as an educational platform for other photographers! If you see a photo on Instagram that is less-than-respectful of our desert ecosystem, politely let the user know. Our citizen Desert Defenders in Joshua Tree have used Instagram as a tool to educate visitors to great effect.

With these tips, you will be able to reduce your impact on the desert – and share its beauty with all your family, friends, and followers!

When you follow these simple rules, you are protecting all these beautiful creatures and their home :) 

Close Encounters of the Adorable Kind | Mojave Desert Land Trust's List of Critters You May See During Babes Ride Out 6

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On long rides, sometimes it’s nice to stop and smell the roses…or spot the tortoise! During your time at Babes Ride Out 6, we hope you’ll keep an eye out for the awesome desert plants and animals that make this location so special. Here are some notable flora and fauna that is active during the month of October in Joshua Tree and beyond. Just remember to give critters their space, don’t feed them, and watch out for animals crossing the road!

Mojave Yucca An iconic desert plant and close relative of the Joshua tree, these spiky shrubs can be seen all around Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and in the southern portion of Mojave Trails.

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Desert Holly It may only be October, but much like your local department store, the Mojave Desert is already getting in the Christmas spirit! You can spot these prickly clusters with red berries at Amboy Crater.

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California Juniper These bushy trees can be found on desert slopes in Joshua Tree National Park. Keep your eyes – and nose! – open for beautiful blue berries and that refreshing juniper fragrance.

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Pinyon Pine Harvested for timber and firewood over the centuries, the sweet pinyon wood fragrance invokes the image of pueblos and adobe homes. You can find these majestic, twisting trees throughout the desert on rocky, southern-facing slopes and mesas.

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Honey Mesquite Known for its beautiful beans that sustained travelers in the frontier days, the mesquite is the most common shrub of the desert southwest. You can find honey mesquites and their pods in Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

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Red-Tailed Hawk True to its name, the red-tailed hawk has a broad, rounded tail with a rich, russet hue. You can see these amazing aerial acrobats circling around in the sky throughout the desert, especially in north Mojave Trails.

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Bighorn Sheep Mature male bighorn sheep have curled horns that can reach up to 33 inches, while juvenile and female horns never exceed a half-curl. These majestic creatures can be seen scrambling up mountain slopes during the day, especially in the morning when they feed, at the Whitewater Preserve.

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Desert Tortoise With their domed shells and ambling gait, the California state reptile is one of the most recognizable species in the Mojave. October an active time of the year for the desert tortoise, so maybe you’ll get lucky and spot one among the shrubs. If you see a desert tortoise on the road, follow Joshua Tree National Park’s guide on when and how to move a desert tortoise.

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Chuckwalla These plump, peaceful lizards are usually the size of your forearm and emerge in the morning to bask in the sun before hunting for food. Look for these regal reptiles at Amboy Crater amongst the lava rock.

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Sphinx Moth The sphinx moths are among the largest flying insects in the desert and have fabulously flashy pink hind wings. You may confuse these beautiful bugs for hummingbirds when they are flapping around in the early evening throughout the desert lands.

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Protect & Preserve | Meet the Mojave Desert Land Trust, Official Partners of Babes Ride Out

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Babes Ride Out has officially partnered with the Mojave Desert Land Trust to implement some incredible ways we can all reduce our carbon footprint not just in this beautiful desert but everywhere we roam on two wheels or four. Over the next week leading up to Babes Ride Out 6, we will be releasing helpful info that will aid in making sure we leave the desert as beautiful as we found it. But first, take some time and get to know the Mojave Desert Land Trust and find out exactly what they do. 

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The Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) is a 501(c)(3) conservation non-profit whose mission is to protect the unique living landscapes, ecosystems, and cultural history of the Mojave Desert. The Land Trust is special. Since its founding in 2006 the land trust has conserved more than 71,368 acres, donating more tracts of land to the National Park Service in the last decade than any other organization.

From its headquarters in the village of Joshua Tree, MDLT works throughout the 24.5 million acres of California’s eastern Mojave and Colorado Deserts. The organization acquires properties throughout the desert, stewards the land with their bevy of volunteers, conducts outreach in local communities, and grows native plants for habitat restoration.

MDLT strategically purchases private parcels of land to help connect national parks, wilderness areas, and wildlife linkage corridors throughout the desert by preserving the land, MDLT also protects dark night skies, spectacular desert vistas, and clean air and water. To deepen its conservation mission, MDLT established its Native Plant Conservation Nursery & Mojave Desert Seed Bank. Located at the organization’s headquarters, the nursery grows plants endemic to the Mojave Desert for restoration throughout the region. The nursery staff also collects and stores seeds for conservation purposes.

MDLT prides itself on being a strong community voice. The organization has established a corps of volunteers to steward and monitor the lands. The work instills in the community a personal connection to and responsibility for the desert’s open lands and wild places. 

 It’s their home too

It’s their home too

 Through its outreach and education programs, MDLT engages diverse groups with the mission of protecting and enjoying precious desert lands. One program, Reading the Landscape, is a guide for artists creating consciously in the desert. The program guides artists to make informed decisions throughout the creative processes, to ensure that each step is done in a way that will preserve the landscapes for future generations.

MDLT launched its Desert Defenders campaign in response to a 2017 Department of the Interior review of national monuments. The organization collected public comments and held rallies across the California desert in support of the Mojave national monuments that were up for review: Castle Mountains, Sand to Snow, and Mojave Trails. Today the Desert Defender identity continues to inspire protection of other public lands.  

To MDLT, everyone who enjoys the desert – whether they live there year-round or visit once to recreate – is a stakeholder in its conservation. As such, the organization collaborates closely with and is supported by a diverse range of partner organizations like Babes Ride Out to ensure that everyone can experience the magic of the Mojave while preserving it for future generations.

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Pioneering Woman of Joshua Tree | Meet Co-Owner of Rimrock Ranch and Local Gwen Barker

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One of our favorite things is highlighting people who live in the communities we call home. Joshua Tree is filled with vintage shops, art studios, adventure tours, restaurants, all owned and operated by some of the most kindhearted ladies in the world. We encourage you to take time and read about these women (and visit their establishments while at Babes 6) who've created a life and own amazing businesses just a few miles from where you'll be camping. Introducing our newest content series, Pioneering Women, that specifically highlights these ladies and what they do to make Joshua Tree one of the most unique and welcoming towns we've ever been to.  Meet animal lover, fellow motorcyclist, and Rimrock Ranch, Gwen Barker. She will also be on site as an advocate for Mojave Desert Land Trust so stop by their booth and say hello!

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What brought you out to Joshua Tree, CA? The very first time I visited JT was for a wedding in Pioneertown (the irony!) It was the first weekend getaway with my now, partner, Eric.

What is your favorite part about living in the desert?  The grit. From the people that choose to live here to the plants that thrive here.  You likely won’t find a 9-5 kind of job here, so you hustle gigs. And your car may not start in the morning b/c the mice ate the wiring. And the swamp cooler isn’t working, and the only reliable handyman can’t come for days, so you figure it out.  And the wind just destroyed your patio before it flash flooded unexpectedly. To live here, you have to know that it is not easy. You earn calling the desert “home.”

And its all worth it. “Desert People” find each other and we revel in the payoffs. Desert Rain. Monsoon season sunsets. Clean air. Hikes out your front door. Beautiful horizons that keep us grounded. And of course, the occasional motorcycle ride through some incredible scenery.

 Come stay at Rimrock <3 Photo by Kerry Puckett

Come stay at Rimrock <3 Photo by Kerry Puckett

Tell us about your business… Rimrock Ranch is an 11 acre motel property built in 1947. We have 4 of the original cabins, a guest suite in our house, a modern structure referred to as The Hatch House, and a Lodge that was built in 1951. We offer our accommodations for nightly stay, and we also host weddings, concerts, car/moto events, and retreats.

 Photo by Royce Rumsey

Photo by Royce Rumsey

What is it like to run your own business?  This time of year? Exhausting! A lot of our economy in the JT area is based in tourism, so right now is the busy time. But we make a living hosting people that enjoy the spaces we create for them and those that are having the happiest day of their lives. So, I have to say—I’m exhausted, but I feel fulfilled. And, after working in the corporate world, I’ve learned that’s the most important thing.

Tell us about any moments of clarity while operating your own business: Well, when we first started the business, I did a “worst case scenario” projection. It had us going out of business in 7 months. So, after a year, when we were paying all our bills and doing well, we looked at each other and had a moment of realization that “hey, it’s working. I think we get to stay!”

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What do you have planned for the future?  We have a lots of plans—it would be fun to build out the 70’s GMC bus we own into a cool dining space. But, one day at a time.

Tell us a fun fact about Joshua Tree that most people wouldn’t know:  Joshua Trees were originally planted by giant sloths called the Shasta Ground Sloth pooping out their seeds!

Any recommendations of points of interest you’d recommend to ladies traveling to Babes Ride Out 6? Ride through the park, of course, but then pause at 29 Palms Inn for a delicious meal. It’s a convenient stop you might otherwise miss, and it’s not far from the 29 Palms entrance to the park.

 The giant ass sloth responsible for the Joshua Trees you see!

The giant ass sloth responsible for the Joshua Trees you see!






Joshua Tree Locals | Meet the Owners of The Station Joshua Tree and Give Them a Visit While at Babes Ride Out 6

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No one knows Joshua Tree better than it’s locals. This community has created so many unique shops, cafes, and ranches throughout the town that it’s impossible to see it all in just one day. One business, right by the event, has always caught our eye as it’s a gas stationesque store with tons of local goods on display. We have always wondered who bought this old garage and put so much love into it so we reached out to meet the owners. Give the below a read and make sure to stop by The Station Joshua Tree for $1 drip coffees to all “Babes Ride Out” attendees on Sat am and a designated BABES ONLY parking for your motos <3!

 Sure it looks like a real gas station but it’s not! This is The Station Joshua Tree, a store front with a rad “set” feel.

Sure it looks like a real gas station but it’s not! This is The Station Joshua Tree, a store front with a rad “set” feel.

About:

Steve is from San Diego and I’m from Wisconsin, but lived in Silverlake/LA for 15 years before moving out to Joshua Tree full time in 2011 when we purchased The Station.  My husband Steve and I have been together for 22 years and we built The Station Joshua Tree to help us one day ditch our work in LA and retire out in JT. We have a set design/ prop studio but own & operate The Station Joshua Tree full time.

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What brought you to Joshua Tree:

Our life in LA was becoming a bit routine and we needed a focus outside the city… Steve had made a pact with a childhood best friend to one day have homes in JT, his friend John had a place here already so we stepped up and found ours in 2004.

What is your favorite part about living in the desert: The landscape of course, but having the space to really meet inspiring people and form valuable friendships.

Tell us about your business: We split our time between our studio work and developing The Station.   We want The Station to be a reflection of what we love and work hard to keep it curated to have a 70’s clubhouse maybe even head shop feel.  We have custom JT souvenirs, gifts, records, unique vintage & potted cactus as well as great drip coffee, cold drinks & snacks. 

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Tell us about any moments of clarity while operation your own business.  This can include triumphs and struggles and how you cope/learn / celebrate them: We have loved The Station for years before it was for sale… because it was a gas station at one time back in the day a bank would not help us, even though we had all the paperwork that cleared the site, so we had to basically put all our savings on the line to buy it.  It took months of hard work to get the building and property to the point where we could start to see to the real potential.  We let the direction happen naturally not forcing or rushing and doing the work as we could afford it.  The Station has turned out to be our greatest accomplishment yet!

What do you have planned for the future: Right now we are focusing on making The Station more of a welcoming space to spend time at to enjoy coffee, drinks and snacks on the patio surrounded by potted cactus & succulent and even a newsstand to pull curated vintage and current publications to incorporate auto, art, food, design & California culture.

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Tell us a fun fact about Joshua Tree that most people wouldn’t know.* You can get great Indian food at Sam’s Pizza

Any recommendations of point of interest (shops, restaurants, geological sites, anything outstanding) you’d recommend to ladies traveling to Babes Ride Out 6? We highly recommend a drive through the park - Hidden Valley hike and Keys View overlook are the spots we take our friends too.

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