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Giant Rock Evening Expeditions
Spaceship sightings and reports of contact in the high desert began in the 1950’s, especially in the vicinity of Giant Rock. Once considered the world’s largest freestanding boulder, its size may be responsible for a several mile radius magnetic vortex. In 1947 George Van Tassel held the first Interplanetary Spacecraft Convention at Giant Rock. Thousands made their way to the remote location by airplane, automobile, truck and motorhome. In 1953 Van Tassel claimed to have made contact with a being from Venus who gave him plans to build the Integratron, a machine that had time travel capabilities and could rejuvenate the human body.
Presently, Giant Rock and Crystal Hill are popular for UFO sightings and spiritual reconnecting. The boulder, 7 stories tall, 25,000 tons and 5,800 sq. ft. split in 2000, is partially covered in graffiti and is a gathering spot for locals, yet it maintains a mysterious, mystic energy that draws people from all over the world.
Join Barbara and Rob as we caravan to Landers and enjoy the night skies at Giant Rock. On our journey we’ll briefly stop outside the Integratron to check out the view before adventuring on to miles of dirt roads into open desert where you’ll relive the history of George Van Tassel and the UFO Conventions of the 1960’s. At Giant Rock you’ll have an opportunity to take in the brilliance of the night skies and to feel the power of the Rock’s vortex. It is a true desert adventure.
“Barbara’s Giant Rock tour was one of the highlights of my trip to the Contact in the Desert
event. She brings an in depth knowledge of the local area along with stories relating to its rich history. In addition, because it was a smaller group (15-20 people), I not only got to know Barbara and Rob, but also was able to meet and talk to most of the other folks on the tour. There is nothing like being with like-minded people and enjoying a breathtaking night sky as well as learning about the history of the area. I highly recommend this tour.” – Rick Neal 9-13-13.
CARAVAN EXPEDITION TO GIANT ROCK DETAILS: (Schedule Subject to Change)
THURSDAY – SATURDAY – $25.00 per person
This tour has grown in popularity each year.
SPACE IS LIMITED ON EACH TOUR – PLEASE SIGN-UP EARLY!
At 5:00PM – Departing from Joshua Tree Retreat Center. First stop at the Integratron Monument outside the gate on Linn Road, where Barbara will tell the story of the Integratron and part of the local history. We also discuss the off-road drive to the Rock. Upon arrival, the group will be given the opportunity to take pictures at sunset and will be given the full history of Giant Rock.
As we finish with the tour, chairs are given along with water and light refreshments as the group gets ready for the Ceremony by Valerie Eagle Heart and her group. There will be a Drumming & chanting Ceremoney to Pay Tribute to Giant Rock. The group will be encouraged to join in until the ceremoney is complete.
After the ceremony the group will have an opportunity to visit Crystal Hill or sit quietly and observe the night sky until it’s time to depart.
10:00PM – ARRIVAL BACK AT THE JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER
FOR YOUR SAFETY- PLEASE NOTE: You will be venturing out into open desert and for your safety we require everyone to stay together. The area to and around Giant Rock has unreliable GPS. The dirt roads can be misleading and confusing to navigate, especially at night. We caravan from the Retreat Center as a group and caravan back as a group. It is a requirement for attendance that you remain with the group throughout the tour. We are flexible and work with the needs of each group to assure the best experience possible.
THE RULES OF THE GIANT ROCK TOUR:
Most people on this excursion are usually relaxed and are looking for an experience. YOU WILL BE ASKED TO STAY TOGETHER AS A GROUP. Wandering off will not be an option. If you want to sky watch, meditate, play music, hike around, do ceremony, or just sit in silence, we’ll do our best to accommodate. However, you will be asked to respect the space and conditions of other people on the tour and part of a large group. Our goal is to let each person experience Giant Rock in their own personal way, but sometimes that goal may be compromised by the rules and safety factors we need to enforce. This tour has grown in popularity over the years, we advise you to get your tickets early. For safety reasons it’s necessary for us to limit the amount of people that can travel in a caravan and safely navigate the terrain of Giant Rock at night.
The area to Giant Rock has unreliable GPS. The dirt roads can be misleading and confusing to navigate, especially at night making it easy for you to get lost. We caravan from the Retreat as a group and caravan back to the Retreat as a group. It is a requirement for attendance.
Poisonous snakes are active this time of year; we ask that people stay off the rocks. This will assure less chances of disturbing a snake and also less chance of a hazardous fall.
There are no restroom facilities at Giant Rock. There is an emergency plan in place if you need to use a rock. You will be briefed on those rules as needed.
WHAT TO BRING:
– A FLASHLIGHT, CHAIR, SNACKS, WATER, binoculars, camera, blanket, light jacket. Remember you will be out in the open desert for at least 4-5 hours; bring items to make yourself comfortable!
* You are responsible for personal items taken on this Tour. You are going to a large open area of the desert, it will be dark, misplacing items such as keys, cameras or a wallet may be impossible to locate until the following morning. We will not be responsible for items you lose.