Read the Hi-Desert Rockhounds Organization ByLaws


History of the Club

The Hi-Desert Rockhounds of the Morongo Basin were incorporated as a not-for-profit group 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 Wednesday of the month Sept. through May. During June, July, and August the club doesn't have a formal meeting; instead there’s a pot-luck picnic the first Sun. of these months, where we relax, talk, and think about what we’d like to do when cooler weather arrives!

Meetings take place at St Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church at 56312 Onaga Trail, at the corner of Church & Onaga, Yucca Valley (map). 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.