I was looking for something different and a buddy told me about the Desert View Conservation Area in Joshua Tree. I looked it up on Trailforks and watched some videos. Looked interesting and definitely different. Decided to hit it yesterday and see if it was any good. Made the 1.5 hr drive from Temecula to Joshua Tree and drove down a sandy road for a bit to the trails. Very cool rocks all around the little valley. The place borders Joshua Tree NP. We started off on a green trail but aborted after < 100 ft due to really deep sand. Ended up riding the main road to Sidewinder, a black rated trail. This was a technical, rocky, gradual climb with some pops and tight squeezes between rocks. We then connected to Django, which was similar to Sidewinder, maybe a little easier. After this we hit all the trails on Trailforks. All kind of similar. Some a bit more technical than others. Most trails had sections of deep sand. After a couple of hrs my buddy had run out of water, so we headed back to the truck. We had less than 10 mi, which is unacceptable . Decided to ride the more fun trails again to get a few more miles. Ended up running into a local who offered to show us a trail not on the map. You can't pass up an offer like that, so off we went. The off Trailforks trail was named Latte. It was a little longer and had a bit more elevation than the other trails we had ridden. We ended up riding with the local guide for a couple of hours. So much more fun not having to pull the phone out every 5 mins to navigate. We rode all the same stuff we'd ridden earlier, but in reverse, so it seemed like new trails. Ended up with almost 17 mi for the day. Perfect. The trails reminded me of a flatter, slower paced Palm Canyon. Maybe even kind of like some trails in Moab. You really had to work for the miles, between the rock pops and sand. The local said the sand was exceptionally bad. The worst he'd ever seen. Without the sand, the trails would be way more fun. If you're looking for something different, look the place up on Trailforks and give it a try. I plan to head back again this winter after some rain has packed the sand back down. On the way home we stopped at Steak n Shake to eat. OMG did it taste good after not having real food since 7 am. Mmm.