Desert Magazine

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Desert Magazine
Categories Regional magazine
Frequency Monthly
Founder Randall Henderson
First issue 1937
Final issue 1985
Country United States
Based in Palm Desert, California
Language English
ISSN 0194-3405
OCLC number 8807948

Desert Magazine was a monthly regional publication based in the Colorado Desert published between 1937–1985. A print version bearing the same name has been revived in the Coachella Valley town of Palm Desert near Palm Springs, California.[1]



Desert Magazine was founded, edited and published from 1937 to 1958 by Randall Henderson (1888–1970). New editors followed until the magazine closed print publication in 1985. It was revived as an on-line magazine in 2006.[2]


The magazine focused on the desert country of the Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico, and covered a broad range of desert subjects including: regional travel and exploration; the visual arts of painting, drawing, and photography; prose and literature; cultural history; prospecting and mining; natural history including geology, wildlife, and flora; river running, and lifestyle–human interest stories.[2]

Online magazine – revival[edit]

Desert Magazine was revived as an archival online magazine, the Desert Magazine e-zine journal, in 2006. It contains all the entries and illustrations that were published in print from 1937 to 1985.[3][4] A newsblog is also produced about the magazine called the Desert Magazine Weblog.[2]

Desert panorama: view of Mojave Desert and Joshua Tree National Park.


Desert Magazine is also the name of a monthly desert lifestyles magazine sent to subscribers to the Palm Springs daily newspaper The Desert Sun.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Budlong, Tom; Brooks, Joan (1997). The Desert magazine : subject index : all 534 issues of Desert magazine, November 1937 to June/July, 1985, plus all five issues of American desert magazine, November/December 1992 to Fall 1993. Spokane, WA: A. H. Clark. p. 525. ISBN 978-0870622816. OCLC 37892651. 
  2. ^ a b c Desert Magazine: History. accessed 7/7/2010
  3. ^ Desert Magazine: e-zine journal . accessed 7/7/2010
  4. ^ ISSN 0011-9237; OCLC 1566284, 760793933
  5. ^ Desert SunDesert Magazine (subscription required)

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