Desert Canvas: Art of Joshua Tree and the Mojave - Atlas Obscura Trips
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Desert Canvas: Art of Joshua Tree and the Mojave

from $2,360 USD per person for 4 days, 3 nights
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  • 10 People Maximum
  • Moderate Activity Level
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Trip Overview
Overview

Towering sculptures dot the blazing landscape of the Mojave Desert. Weathered by wind and bleached by the sun, the larger-than-life assemblage art erected by the late Noah Purifoy has become an iconic yet ever-changing feature of the harsh, desert landscape that inspired it. Like Purifoy, artists, philosophers, and people from all walks of life have sought refuge, clarity, change, or perhaps simply broader horizons here in the Joshua Tree region. From the indigenous communities who have called the area home for thousands of years to the contemporary artists who flocked here escaping convention, the desert has offered a canvas for exploring questions big and small. Together, we’ll traverse the legendary landscape that’s supported creative endeavors both contemporary and historical—visiting colorful man-made mountains, glimpsing mysteriously marked rocks, and experiencing soothing sound baths along the way.

Highlights
  • An outdoor sculpture museum
  • An artist who lives an experiment
  • A sound bath in a life-extending dome
  • Enigmatic rock poetry
  • Art on the shores of a dying sea

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Trip Leader

Bernard Leibov
Bernard Leibov is the founder and director of BoxoPROJECTS, a residency and programming initiative based in Joshua Tree. Prior to moving to California, Bernard was deputy director of Judd Foundation, New York, and Marfa. He also operated a nontraditional gallery space in New York that featured artists from Joshua Tree and other non-urban areas. Bernard is a passionate proponent of cultural life in the SoCal Desert and also leads cultural expeditions in the Joshua Tree area.

Additional Info

Pricing & Single Accomodation

The total cost of this trip is $2,360. For those traveling solo, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability, at an additional cost of $400. Please contact us to request a single room.

Arrival & Departure

Our trip begins with a welcome dinner in Palm Springs on Day 1. We recommend you arrive in Palm Springs by 3 p.m. so you can settle into your accommodations and make your way to meet our guide and group in time for dinner. Our trip concludes in the morning on Day 4. If leaving Palm Springs directly after our trip, feel free to leave any time before check out at 11 a.m. If you'd like to extend your trip, we’d be more than happy to provide suggestions for things to do in the city on your own.

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable hiking up to three miles in the National Park, climbing stairs, and remaining on their feet for long periods of time.

Included
  • Two breakfasts, two lunches, and three dinners.
  • Transportation in a comfortable Mercedes sprinter van.
  • An experienced local guide to accompany you throughout the trip.
  • 3.5 and 4-star accommodations.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura fans, excited to explore all that the SoCal desert region  has to offer!
Excluded
  • Transportation to and from Palm Springs.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • Applying for an American visa, if applicable.
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Trip FAQ

Desert weather is full of contrasts. Winter temperatures can hit freezing at night with highs of 75° F, and spring highs can reach into the 90’s during the day.

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