Contact in the Desert will explore UFOs, ancient aliens, and more

The Contact in the Desert conference is returning to Joshua Tree, California.

This year will mark the second year for the event, which takes place at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. Contact in the Desert is a three-day conference that features several lecturers on extraterrestrial-related topics.

Event organizer Paul Andrews claims that registrations for this year’s event have more than doubled last year’s registrations. Los Angeles Daily News reports that, according to Andrews, the event’s popularity “can be attributed mainly to the popularity of television shows like the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens and radio talk shows like the paranormal-theme Coast to Coast.” Giorgio Tsoukalos from Ancient Aliens and George Noory from Coast to Coast AM will both be featured speakers at this year’s event.

Open Minds’ Alejandro Rojas will also present a lecture at this year’s event.


Andrews believes the conference has a broad appeal because “The whole UFO question is a huge mystery to the American public . . . and people want to solve that mystery. They need to know.” He also believes that Joshua Tree is the perfect location to host the event because the region has a long history of reported UFO sightings.

The second annual Contact in the Desert conference takes place August 8-11. For more information, visit

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