Pioneertown Mountains Preserve
The 25,500-acre Pioneertown Mountains Preserve descends from the high piney 7,800-foot ridges into the Pioneertown Valley. The small community of Pioneertown is surrounded by conservancy-owned volcanic mesas, the Sawtooth Mountains, and preserve lands leading to the San Bernardino National Forest. The preserve has year-round riparian corridors in Pipes Canyon and Little Morongo Canyons. It is an important landscape linkage between Joshua Tree National Park, San Bernardino National Forest, and the Big Horn Mountains Bureau of Land Management Wilderness.
In 2006, the vast majority of the Joshua trees, pinyon pines and junipers at Pioneertown Mountains Preserve were killed in a 70,000-acre lightning-caused fire of unprecedented magnitude. Today, much of the preserve is going through natural vegetation succession. Some scientists predict that fire succession and climate change will favor scrub oak and Joshua tree plant communities that may replace the pinyon forests. The fire laid bare the region’s rich geological backbone.
Pioneertown Mountains Preserve’s 20,000-acre Pipes Canyon Wilderness is the largest nonprofit wilderness in California.
Pioneertown Mountains Preserve has long been The Wildlands Conservancy’s pulpit for preserving the Mojave Desert. Many major conservation issues have been led by TWC’s desert staff, who are currently leading the debate to properly site renewable energy on impacted lands, rather than pristine public lands in the heart of the Mojave. TWC desert staff has also led the debate on siting transmission lines on existing corridors rather than despoiling hundreds of miles of pristine desert landscapes.
The preserve is open daily from dawn to dusk for hiking the region’s diverse geology. Visitor facilities include trailhead parking, a kiosk, a shade ramada and restrooms.
We are working on scheduling guided hikes for the spring! Please check back for hike descriptions and dates.
51010 Pipes Canyon Road
Pioneertown, CA 92268