Desert Traces
October 14, 2013

Is it truly possible Leave No Trace in 2013? Desert Traces is a temporary campsite on BLM land just East of Kingman AZ inspired by Stebbins' 1960's desert camping trips with family, and the wilderness management concept of Leave No Trace. 

Site markers, field guides, and tents give the impression of permanence, where participants are encouraged to camp with her on October 14 to document the surroundings with photo, audio, and needle and thread. By October 20, all physical evidence will have vanished; meta data and geolocation will disappear from the digital documentation as well in an attempt to take this concept into the non-physical realm. Ironically, there is a website for this project:


24 hours. Camp. Share food. Tell stories. Let the desert wash over you.
No facilities or water. All the rules of dispersed camping apply.

Turn off geolocation data recording. Document.
Photo + Video + Sound + Needle and thread.

Clean up. Pack it out. Remember the experience but forget how you got here.
On October 15 DESERT TRACES begins to disappear as I pull up stakes to travel the rest of the HDTS 2103 event route. Join me in exploring the other artist sites and events, landing in Albuquerque NM on October 19.

Monday, October 14, 2013*
BLM Marker 7123A, near Kingman
Directions: Exit 59 off I-40, 9 miles east of Route 66 in Kingman. Head South on DW Ranch Rd. approx 1 mi & turn at BLM marker 7123A.