Steve Greene first ventured into Death Valley in 1955, at the young age of four, with his parents Bob and Joan, and his little sister Willow, who was only two. Prior to Steve’s birth, his father and mother visited Death Valley in 1947 on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, staying the first night in Death Valley Junction, where they were issued a candle at the motel due to an electrical outage in the tiny community.
A love affair with this strangely alluring land grew in Steve through the years of continued family visits, where camping outdoors at Furnace Creek was common. As happens with many who travel into the mysterious Death Valley region, Steve has repeatedly returned throughout his life, to a landscape that forever sings to his spirit. In elementary school, Steve did reports about the mining and geology of the area, and built a plastic scale model of the twenty mule team. In high school, his parents bought him a large painting of the team for his bedroom wall.
He is noted for his countless backcountry expeditions into the remote hinterlands of Death Valley National Monument and Park, beginning on his own in 1975 when he purchased a CJ-5 Jeep and would lead friends into the wild country. His groups would probe the most secret corners, always seeking out the areas rarely visited by the crowds, hiking when the roads stopped. In more recent times, Steve has been found on Death Valley’s dirt backroads in his Xterra backcountry exploration vehicle, blissfully roaming solo through the land that has become an inseparable part of his spirit. He always takes to foot travel whenever the opportunity presents itself, being a devoted long-distance hiker since his earliest years.
Ever continuing to define his environmental sustainability paradigm, Steve maintains a commitment to lessen his carbon footprint on the planet he loves to explore. A naturalist at heart, his current directions include the development of a unique human energy exploration vehicle that emits no pollutants and increases driver physical fitness levels, while allowing the practical mobility to move freely among the wild places.
Originally from southern California, on the cusp of the mighty Mojave Desert, he spent the first thirty-one years of his life in close proximity to the Death Valley territory. Later, he moved up to the towering San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado, living in small rural towns hidden in deep forests 9,000 feet above sea level. There, he continued his explorations on the historic mining roads and trails of majestic Rocky Mountain peaks. Currently, Steve finds his peace at home in the northwest rural setting of Oregon’s coastal woods. His yearly visits to his mother’s house near Death Valley keep him in touch with this piece of his past. He is a man forever wild.