About Us

The Hi-Desert Rockhounds of the Morongo Valley was incorporated as a not-for-profit society on 02/05/69. 
The purposes for which this corporation was formed are:
  • The specific and primary purposes are to conduct and operate a social club for the purpose of disseminating knowledge of mineralogy and the earth sciences for the benefit of the members.
  • The general purposes and powers are:
  • To encourage its members to study mineralogy and the earth-sciences through means of association with the various mineralogy societies of the State of California, and to arrange for, organize and conduct public exhibitions of minerals and mineral products and to arrange lectures pertaining thereto;
  • To encourage, promote and conduct classes in mineralogy and the lapidary arts.
  • To arrange for, organize and conduct for its members and their guests, field expeditions for exploring, studying and collecting minerals.

Hi-Desert Rockhounds is currently the only rock club operating in the Morongo Basin.


The club meets on the first Thursday of the month Sept. through May. During June, July, and August the club doesn't have a formal meeting.

Meetings take place at the St Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church: 56312 Onaga Trail, Yucca Valley. Meeting are in the Parish Hall with Parking off Onaga. Meetings begin at 7:00 PM.

Club meetings include an entertaining educational portion, by knowledgable presenters who are experts or local successful artists. There is a “show & tell” portion, where members and guests can display and discuss their finds or artistic creations. Everyone enjoys the “opportunity drawing” as you have a chance to win jewelry, gems, rock specimens, and other “treasures”.

Dues currently are $20.00 per person per year, $30.00 for a couple. Persons under the age of 18 (with a parent or guardian) and life members, pay no dues.

The club publishes a monthly newsletter called the Desert Rose, which is sent to all members.

Website Submission Guidelines

All photos must be sent as separate files such as attached jpeg photos in an email to the club e-address or on a SD memory card submitted at a club meeting. All files must be 200 dpi or greater, most digital cameras files saved work just fine.

All stories and trip reports are to be submitted electronically by email. Regular- in the body of your email is preferred, RTF file format or MS Word attachments are accepted.  NO handwritten, typed or printed hardcopy submissions accepted. All submissions are to be in lowercase type with uppercase capitalization only. All submissions are to be spelling, grammar and punctuation checked. If a submission must be revised or otherwise corrected, that must be done within the first 30 days of original submission and done by email. No submission shall have embedded graphics. No inappropriate language is accepted, submissions are to be enjoyable by everyone. Please note that we reserve the right to edit and/or reject any submissions that we receive.