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Mojave Desert Land Trust

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

DIY Tips, Locals, Artist Series, SponsorsAshmore Ellis

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

Locals, SponsorsAshmore Ellis

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

Sponsors, LocalsAshmore Ellis

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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Suggested Day Route During Babes Ride Out 6 | Joshua Tree National Park

Riding RoutesAshmore Ellis

Babes Ride Out is a true riding event which means when the sun comes up, grab a coffee, some breakfast at camp, and get outta there and explore some of the best riding in Southern California. We aren't joking when we say the camp clears out during the day. If you stay behind, you are blowing it! Stop by the Mojave Land Trust booth , pick up your Biltwell route map, and make sure to download these directions before you go. 

One of the most scenic and MUST see routes is the Joshua Tree Loop which takes you down long slightly curved roads through the park. Heads up, there is a $25 fee per motorcycle to enter the park but it's good for a full week. You could easily spend an entire day in the park so make sure to pull over in their designated parking areas and look at the map. Jumbo Rocks, Skull Rock, and the Chollo Cactus Gardens are a must see! 

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Joshua Tree Park Loop

  • 60 miles round trip (1.5 hours on bike due to speed limits and all those views!)

  • Download directions HERE

  • $12 per moto, pass good for 7 days. 

  • Want to ride in and rock climb? Sign up HERE to get a guided climb with Cliffhanger Guides!

  • Take a look before you ride, Joshua Tree National Park offers a ton of information via their website. Click HERE

  • STAY ON THE PAVED ROADS. This park has a very delicate eco system and one step can ruin a protective living layer called Cryptobiotic crust. Otherwise known as “desert glue" that helps trap the limited rainfall which helps the fauna stay alive. Please do not take your motorcycle off any unpaved paths or areas to take photos. There are tons of areas that are dedicated to this as well as spots to pull off any play on the rocks, hike around, etc. Please respect ALL park rules while visiting <3 Learn more HERE

  • This is one hell of a park rich in history of mining and exploration

  • Cholla Cactus Gardens, Skull Rock, Jumbo Rocks, and more are worth a look

  • Incredible panoramic views of the desert and rocks

  • Slow sweeping turns, a very chill ride for those looking to relax

  • Stop by the Saloon for one hell of a burger and blackened Mahi tacos (TRUST ME!)

  • Vegan or vegetarian? Makes sure to eat at Natural Sisters or Crossroads. They are the best!


Before you ride please note:

  • IF YOUR GPS TAKES YOU ON DIRT ROADS TURN AROUND!!! The link above has correct directions :) 

  • You are riding at your own risk so please make sure you view the route & mark your gas stops based on tank size, check the local weather where you are going, check for last minute road closures,  and have the skill set to ride comfortably. 

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A Chance to Protect and Preserve Juniper Canyon for Lifetimes to Come

EventsAnya Violet

As our ongoing relationship to protect and preserve Joshua Tree and the Mojave Desert deepens, we will always let you know when you can lend a helping hand. Currently they are in the process of acquiring Juniper Canyon and any donation is welcomed. Please read more about how you can donate and how this land purchase will make the canyon pristine for people to enjoy and visit for a lifetime. 

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From the MDLT: 

Acquiring Juniper Canyon has been one of our goals since I started at MDLT. It would complete our board's wishlist of original properties they aimed to acquire, knit together essential local wildlife corridors, and protect land around Joshua Tree National Park.

Tomorrow -- with your help -- we are going to raise the remaining $11,000 we need to protect Juniper Canyon.

We have lots of fun events planned at our HQ tomorrow to celebrate Give BIG, including a tour of MDLT HQ, a tour of our Nursery & Seed Bank, a special Mappy Hour about wildlife corridors, and a screening of the award-winning documentary SEED: The Untold Story.

If you can't make it to Joshua Tree, we have plenty of prizes for you to win when you donate. Every hour that someone donates at MDLT enters us for the chance to win more funds from Give BIG San Bernardino County -- and each hour you donate enters you in the pool for one of our great prizes. Share our Give BIG Facebook posts throughout the day and tag 5 of your friends challenging them to donate to be entered 5 more times for the raffle in that prize pool. 

 

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12 a.m. - 5 a.m. | Early Bird Prizes

The early bird catches the worm on some of our coolest prizes! Donate between 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. for the opportunity to win a Patagonia women's nano puff jacket in black, Patagonia black hole bag, guided interpretive hike & picnic lunch for 4 in Juniper Canyon, $100 gift certificate to Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, $100 gift certificate to La Copine, or a Patagonia men's sweater jacket in dark blue. Share our Facebook post featuring a desert quail and tag 5 friends asking them to donate to be entered for 5 more chances to win.

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5 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Slow Starter Prizes

Rise and shine, desert tortoises! Between 5:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., donate for the chance to win a Desert Lovers t-shirt, Juniper Ridge perfume, Julianne Koza jackrabbit print, two Joshua Tree Candle Company candle, Dave Catching solo LP and a candle, or a series of Drew Reese's photographs. Share MDLT’s Facebook post featuring a desert tortoise and tag 5 friends asking them to donate to be entered for 5 more chances to win.

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12 p.m. - 7 p.m. | Crazy Cat Prizes

For all you crazy cats who haven’t donated, there’s still time! Between 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., you will be entered to win a Desert Defenders t-shirt, Julianne Koza full moon print, two Joshua Tree Candle Company candle, Earthlings? LP and a candle, or a 1-hour photography session with Brandy Dyess. Share our Facebook post featuring a bobcat and tag 5 friends asking them to donate to be entered for 5 more chances to win.

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Thank you for your continued support of the Mojave Desert Land Trust. 

Sincerely,

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Danielle Segura, Executive Director

7 p.m. - 12 a.m. | Night Owl Prizes

Hey, night owls, don’t return to your roost just yet! Donate between 7 p.m. and midnight for your chance to win a Patagonia hat and a Joshua Tree Candle Company candle, Patagonia Women's sweater jacket in light blue, Patagonia Men's nano puff jacket in orange, $100 Gift certificate for La Copine, or a silver tortoise shell box and a Joshua Tree Candle Company candle. Share MDLT’s Facebook post featuring a horned owl and tag 5 friends asking them to donate to be entered for 5 more chances to win.

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