The DTA was organized to promote
a continuing desert trail from the Canadian to the Mexican Border. Much has been
accomplished to this end. State agencies in California, Nevada and Oregon have
incorporated this concept into their trail systems. Federal Agencies, including the Bureau
of Land Management, The US Forest Service, The National Park Service and the Bureau of
Fish and Wildlife have been actively assisting with making the trail a reality across land
which they administer.
|Another objective of
the DTA is to promote and conduct recreational hiking and other outings in the western
deserts. Each year the DTA sponsors hikes and activities such a Fall Color trip in the
Steens mountains. Outings to observe spring flowers, cross country ski and to raft desert
rivers have been sponsored in the past.
Information about scheduled events, hike descriptions and topics related to the desert are published quarterly in the DTA's newsletter, DESERT TRAILS.
From border to border, the Desert Trail traverses some of the most interesting areas of the western United States. It crosses alpine meadows, skirts shallow lakes teeming with waterfowl, passes by streams, falls, caves and chasms. Here it will go down a gorge, there by a marsh, cross sand dunes and bypass volcanic craters. As one tarries by a cool spring or reflects on the color of lichens or of a rock face, you realize you could be on another world. This is the Desert Trail traversing a land largely unknown and rarely visited.