by Matthew Scott

At a “secret” location deep in the Mojave Desert, East of the Salton Sea, 100+ overlanders gathered to share stories, have new adventures and remove waste from the natural landscape. The FREE family & pet friendly gathering is known as the Desert Rendezvous, and is now in its 3rd year. Organized by TACODOC and his conspirators, the gathering brings together the southwest overland community for a weekend of fun in the desert.

Most people show up late Friday night and settle into camp with some cocktails and stories around the fire, with old and new friends. Saturday, however is up to you—it can either be an action packed or a super lazy day, it’s all up to you. The Rendezvous lets participants design their own schedule, trail runs, swap meets, group meals, etc… The only thing asked of participants is that they remove at least one bag of garbage from the desert. This bag of garbage also gets you a raffle ticket where you can win LOTS of amazing overland prizes, generously donated by the MANY sponsors that support this event. Saturday night is full of eating and enjoying the company of other overlanders around the campfire. The potluck dinner and dutch oven competition showcase the amazing gourmet talents of many overlanders and produces a ton of good eats for everyone to share. Sunday morning is when most of the tribe pack up their amazing and unique rigs and head home. but some stick around and enjoy a steel shoot, showing off the MANY amazing firearms and shooters amongst this group.

In the end, Desert Rendezvous is all about getting together with like-minded vehicle based adventurers. The stories, experiences, quality food, delicious drink and amazing vehicles are just the icing on the cake of a great weekend in the desert exploring the road less traveled.

Bryon Dorr of Exploring Elements attended the Desert Rendezvous and contributed this article. Check out his website here for a unique spin of overlanding and outdoor sports.


2013 Desert Rendezvous

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About the Author: Matthew Scott

Matthew Scott is a dedicated photographer, vintage car enthusiast, and regular contributor to Overland Journal. Growing up in Chicago in a family that valued “all things automotive” as much as exploring the region’s back roads, provided a solid platform for a career as an automotive journalist. He departed the Windy City in lieu of Prescott, Arizona, and the great open spaces and adventure opportunities of America’s Southwest. @matthewexplore