Desert Speakers

Engaging, Entertaining, and Educational Talks

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Speaker Program

Includes a $100 speaker gratuity.

First Hour$300 pp

Each Additional Hour$100 pp

Our Presenters


Morgan Levine

Morgan has been with Desert Adventures since we started in 1987 and she has set the standard that all guides strive to achieve. Morgan says when she was a child and saw cactus on cowboy films, she knew she had to be near them, and has since lived in the desert most of her life. Her passion for the desert and its geology and cultural history is contagious.

Morgan is well known throughout the desert, and her speeches are coveted by both local and visiting groups. Because of her tremendous contributions, Desert Adventures has won five prestigious local, regional and national awards: The Bureau of Land Management’s “National Partners in Public Spirit Award”; the “Take Pride in America Award”; the American Society of Travel Writer’s “Phoenix” Award; and the Coachella Valley Entrepreneurs “Top ~ Ten” Award.

Selected as the BEST GUIDE in the entire desert by the Palm Springs Desert Resorts Convention & Visitors Bureau and Palm Springs Tourism, Morgan has lived in the desert for over 40 years. When she’s not busy guiding tours for Desert Adventures, Morgan works with numerous environmental groups to protect our cultural and natural resources.

Morgan will amaze you with her knowledge of the many aspects and nuances of our desert including its history, geology, culture, ethno-botany, animal life, and much more!

Speaker Programs by Morgan Levine:

Morgan has an encyclopedic knowledge of the desert and can talk on a variety of fascinating topics such as:

  • Welcome to the Desert (Overview of the Coachella Valley)
  • Rocks, Plants, and Animals – The Geology, Botany, and Fauna of our Desert
  • The Cahuilla Indians – Their History, Culture, Political Structure, Ceremonies, etc.
  • Agriculture – The Coachella Valley’s Other Industry
  • Sources of Water in the Desert
  • How Golf Courses Work
  • The History of Palm Springs – The Early Non-Indian Settlers
  • The Salton Sea – A Manmade Mistake 


De Karlen

  • Desert Adventures Naturalist Tour Guide – 10 years
  • Certified California Naturalist (UC Riverside)
  • Certified Interpretive Guide (National Association for Interpretation)
  • Joshua Tree National Park Desert Institute Hiking and Tour Guide
  • Former Interpretive Park Ranger, Yosemite National Park

Speaker Programs by De Karlen:

  • Joshua Tree Fantastic!

    “Joshua Tree National Park is wild, fierce, fragile, architectural, minimalist, and beautiful… it truly is fantastic!,” says De, who provides a 45-minute PowerPoint presentation on this iconic treasure – and helps take the mystery out of visiting the 16th largest park in the National Park System.

  • Wilderness Fantastic!

    The Wilderness Act of 1964 is believed by many to be one of the most influential pieces of legislation to emerge from the 1900s.  The Act’s storyline is rich and dynamic.  De will share this story, along with those who brought us a “wilderness forever future.”  It’s their story too…

Speaker Program

Includes a $100 speaker gratuity.

First Hour$300 pp

Each Additional Hour$100 pp


San Andreas Fault / Indian Cultural Sightseeing Tour

Duration: 3+ hours

From $80

Palm Springs Indian Canyons Sightseeing Tour

Duration: 3 - 4 hours

From $80

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Sightseeing Tour

Duration: 3.5+ hours

From $125


From $150


From $135

Indian Canyons “Ancient Footprints” Walking Tour by Jeep

From $150

San Andreas Fault “Gem Canyon” Hiking Tour by Jeep

From $125

San Andreas Fault “Four Posts” Hiking Tour by Jeep

From $125

Painted Canyon Geology and Agriculture 4×4 Jeep Tour

From $175

Joshua Tree National Park Tour with Lunch

From $250

Jeep Tours and Rallies
Group San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour
Scorpion King Riddle Rally and Scavenger Hunt
Signtseeing Tours (by Bus)
San Andreas Fault / Indian Cultural Sightseeing Tour
Palm Springs Indian Canyons Sightseeing Tour
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Sightseeing Tour
Palm Springs City & Celebrity Homes Tour
Joshua Tree National Park Sightseeing Tour
Craft Beer Tasting Tour
Hiking Tours
San Andreas Fault Geology Hike
Palm Springs Indian Canyons Hiking Tour
Palm Springs Aerial Tram Hiking Tour
Joshua Tree National Park Hiking Tour
Other Group Experiences
School Group Tours
Step-On Guides
Desert Speakers