Successful Restoration Project

On Saturday May 18, 2018 nine very hardy volunteers worked together for 4 hours to help improve the safety and visual experience of visitors to Arrastre Waterfall (the "Falls" as it is often affectionately called). A sharp turn along Powerline Rd (JF3330) has not only become an eyesore, but also a safety issue. Recently the … Continue reading Successful Restoration Project

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Safety, Habitat and Visual Resource Improvement Project

Friends of Juniper Flats respect and admire the beauty in the Mojave Desert, and our volunteers make a difference. In addition to cleaning up trash left by others and blown in, volunteers do "restoration" projects.  Last year we completed several projects including the   Restoration Workshop April 8, 2017 and the National Public Lands Day Project.  … Continue reading Safety, Habitat and Visual Resource Improvement Project

Arrastre Falls Trail Head

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Arrastre Falls Trail provides an easy hike to a permanent riparian area overlooking the Victor Valley of San Bernardino County in Southern California.  Although the falls may be dry during the summers of drought years, the area still supports cool, lush vegetation.  I enjoy visiting the falls after a long day at work or when I only have a few hours to visit a natural area on an otherwise busy day.

Arrastre Falls View from Top of Arrastre Falls looking North Towards Victor Valley

There are two trail heads for the falls.  Both provide a short and easy hike to Arrastre Falls.  When time and energy permit, there is also a more strenuous path up the ravine behind the falls.  Climb to the top of the rocks over the falls for a fantastic view over the Mojave Desert.

Bear Valley Road and Central Rd

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Early Homesteader’s Quest for Water

By Dean Greenwalt Water was of primary importance in the success of the early homesteads. Mark Law's first claim on Juniper Flats was rewarded with historic Rock Springs. He also filed for rights to springs in the canyons above the ranch, providing gravity flow through two separate pipelines into his reservoirs. Albert Miller was second, … Continue reading Early Homesteader’s Quest for Water

First Land Patent at Rock Springs

By Dean Greenwalt (with grateful acknowledgement to H.F.Goldbrandsen for his interview with Mark Law). The Homestead Act of 1862 promised ownership of as much as 160 acres of contiguous public land to a citizen or head of a family who resided on and cultivated the land for five years after the initial claim. Area pioneer … Continue reading First Land Patent at Rock Springs

2018 High Desert Annual Conservation Coalition Meeting

  The Friends of Juniper Flats will host the 2018 High Desert Annual Conservation Coalition Meeting on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm. Come join us at the Sterling Inn, Regency Room, 11738 Francesca, Victorville, CA. The event will provide a wonderful networking opportunity for conservation organizations and the general public. Benefits of the … Continue reading 2018 High Desert Annual Conservation Coalition Meeting