On sabbatical

(Update: May 2017)

You may be wondering where I have gone. After years of posting regular content on this website and via my official Facebook page I have concluded that I am much in the need of sabbatical. This decision wasn’t taken lightly, and I do not know when I will begin creating new content. I have taken down my Facebook page, but I intend to keep the website up and operational during my sabbatical (however long that may be).

During this time I will be completing the Mojave Desert Yesterday and Today book, and Desert Digest Magazine. I thank you for you patience on these projects, and appreciate the support you’ve all given during this time.



Welcome to the official website of Death Valley Jim – adventurer, author, guide, and photographer.

Since 2011, I have been tracking down and writing stories about Death Valley, the Mojave Desert, and the American Southwest. I’m happy to share those stories with those who have the desire to listen and learn about the cultural, historical, biological, and ecological histories of the desert. Contained within the pages of this webpage you will find hundreds of these stories, along with many educational guides that I have put together to help you experience the desert in a more enlightened way.

Whether you are a newcomer, or a lifelong student of the desert, I believe that you will find something here to entertain, educate, or enlighten you.


Death Valley Jim News

Death Valley Foods – Death Valley Hot Sauces

    I’m very proud to announce the launch of Death Valley Foods, an adventure in the culinary arts. I have planned this launch for several months, despite the idea first coming to me many years ago. The first two items to be available from Death Valley Foods is my 134 Degrees hot...

Desert Digest, A New Quarterly Desert Publication

  If you love the desert it is more than likely that you’ve sat down and thumbed through an old issue or two of Desert Magazine. The magazine was published from 1937-1985, and saw a resurgence as Dezert Magazine from 2013-2015.  Desert Digest is NOT the new Desert Magazine, however it...

Mojave Mysteries with M.L. Behrman


Author M.L. Behrman explores the tale of The Cement Monster, a huge two-legged creature said to inhabit a small valley in the Mojave Desert. Is it a prehistoric throw-back or something science has yet to explain? Could a primitive creature still survive?     Books by M.L. Behrman: Mojave...

Satanic Nightmare – Mojave Mysteries (Episode 3)

Author M.L. Behrman presents a harrowing tale from a hitchhiker who claimed he was drugged by a desert Satanic death cult and almost sacrificed in an orgy of bloody mayhem. The remote desert is home to many strange things, is a modern day covenant of Devil worshipers one of...