HDTS: Epicenter
October 9–12, 2015


HDTS: Epicenter
launches in just one month!

We’re thrilled to share our general event itinerary with you, so you can begin to plan for your trip!  Here’s the basic rundown on how HDTS: Epicenter will work:

HDTS: Epicenter will take place over the long weekend of October 9–12, 2015 (“Columbus Day”/"Indigenous People's Day" weekend), in several sites in and around Green River, Utah.  Epicenter, located in the heart of Green River, will be your HDTS: Epicenter HQ–where you can pick up driving maps, catalogues, and meet friendly HDTS: Epicenter correspondents.  The sprawling network of project sites and suggested points of interest will all be located within 65 miles from Epicenter in Green River.

This is an incredibly diverse and scenic landscape, and there will be a lot to see–more than you might realistically be able to check out, so you may have to pick and choose in some instances.  Some projects will be on view throughout the entire long weekend, while others will have scheduled hours (stay tuned for full schedule of events and driving map).  A few projects will have limited capacity, and will require advanced RSVP (listed below).  All programs are free and open to the public.

Below is a preliminary event itinerary to help you plan your trip.  Our full driving map, projects, and schedule of events will be released at the beginning of Octoberjoin our mailing list to make sure you don’t miss any important updates!  More information on HDTS: Epicenter, including a list of participating artists.

Friday, October 9, 2015
Various projects and scheduled programming 9 am – 5 pm
Nighttime program: Welcome! (Green River)

Saturday, October 10, 2015
Various projects and scheduled programming 9 am – 5 pm
Nighttime program option 1: party program (secret site near Green River, location TBA)
Nighttime program option 2: Cabin-Time: Sleepout (overnight campout program located an hour's drive south of Green River - advanced reservations required registration full, email to be placed on wait list

Sunday, October 11, 2015
Various projects and scheduled programming 9 am – 5 pm

Monday, October 12, 2015
Various projects and scheduled programming 9 am – 12 noon

Where to Stay

The Green River area has plentiful camping and motel options.  Here are a few suggested spots.  Visit Destination Green River! for more.

  • Robber’s Roost Motel - affordable rooms in Green River, near Epicenter (please call for availability 435-564-3452)
  • River Terrace - hotel right along the river
  • Holiday Inn - comfortable accommodations in Green River
  • Swasey’s Beach - beautiful BLM campsites along the river with some vault toilets (fee of around $10 a night for each campsite), as well as plenty of undeveloped BLM land available for dispersed camping.  (Follow BLM camping policy for dispersed camping on undeveloped BLM land/BLM land without designated campsites.)
  • Crystal Geyser - free primitive camping (no facilities)
  • Green River State Park - campsites in the middle of town, with RV hookups and ammenities
  • Goblin Valley State Park - well-appointed campsites in picturesque, otherworldly red rocks (about 1 hour’s drive south of Green River)

How to Get There

Green River is located in southeastern Utah, and is easily accessible by car or rail (though once you are in Green River, a car will be necessary to travel to and from HDTS: Epicenter project sites).  There are lots of ways to get there, with many interesting sights to see along the way.  Here are just a few ways to get to Epicenter:

By car:

From Joshua Tree
Quickest Route: I-15 N to I-70 E (600 miles, goes through/near the Mojave, Zion)
Scenic Route:  I-15 N to US 20 E to US 89 S to US 12 E to US 24 E to I-70 E (650 miles, goes through/near the Mojave, Bryce Canyon, Capital Reef, Grand Escalante, Goblin Valley)

From Los Angeles
Quickest Route: I-15 N to I-70 E (675 miles, goes through/near the Mojave, Zion)
Scenic Route: I-15 N to US 20 E to US 89 S to US 12 E to US 24 E to I-70 E (700 miles, goes through/near the Mojave, Bryce Canyon, Capital Reef, Grand Escalante, Goblin Valley)

From Salt Lake City 
I-15 S to 6 E to 191 S to 70 E (180 miles, goes through Price Canyon)

From Denver
I-70 W (345 miles, goes through the Rockies)

From Phoenix
Quickest Route: I-17 N to US-89 N to US-160 E to 191-N to I-70 W (520 miles: goes through/near Canyonlands, Arches)
Alternate Route: I-17 N to US-89 N to US-163 N to US-261-N to US-95 N to US-24 E to I-70 E (535 miles: goes through/near Natural Bridges, Lake Powell)

By rail:  The Amtrak: Green River station is conveniently located right across from the Epicenter, and is served by the California Zephyr train.

By plane:  The closest airport is the Grand Junction Regional Airport in Grand Junction, Colorado, 100 miles east of Green River along I-70, though flight options are limited.  Salt Lake City International Airport is the nearest international airport (180 miles away by car), with many flights coming in and out.

Looking for a ride, or have one to offer?  Let fellow HDTS: Epicenter travelers know!

Kip's Desert Book Club
Edna in the Desert - Maddy Lederman
october 5, 2015


Let's celebrate the first anniversary of Kip's Desert Book Club by reading Edna in the Desert, by Maddy Lederman. Set in the Wonder Valley/29 Palms area, this book answers the question as to what would happen if a teenage girl were transplanted from the suburbs to a strange desert environment–a place where her electronic devices fail to operate!

The Sibleys have once again graciously offered to open up The Palms road house on their night off, for us to meet where it all started, one year ago. To get to the Palms, take Highway 62 to downtown 29 Palms and go north on Adobe Road. Turn right on Amboy Road and drive about 12 miles into the heart of Wonder Valley, and the Palms will be on your right at 83131 Amboy Road.

Remember to bring a flashlight so you can walk across the highway to the Sibleys' Wonderland Bookstore, where every book is a desert book!

Monday, October 5, 2015, 7 pm
The Palms Restaurant and Saloon
83131 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley, CA
(see driving directions above)

This is the thirteenth meeting of Kip's Desert Book Club Learn more about this monthly gathering.

HDTS 2015 Postcard Project
now accepting submissions!
deadline: october 1, 2015


We are now accepting postcard images for our 2015-2016 Postcard Project!

Each year a carefully curated selection of limited edition postcards is produced to benefit High Desert Test Sites. They are available on our website, at the HDTS HQ at Sky Village Swap Meet, and at some of our favorite shops in Joshua Tree and beyond.  Sales of the postcards help support future HDTS programming. (Check out the 2014, 2013, and 2012 selections!)

Selected artists will be fully credited for their contributions, and will receive a complimentary set of this year's postcard selections.

Please send all submissions as email attachments in JPEG format (4 x 6”, 350 dpi, CMYK), along with artist name and image title (if applicable) to by October 1, 2015.  Include your first and last name in each filename, using the following filenaming convention: lastname_firstname_1.jpg.  (Example: zittel_andrea_1.jpg.)  No more than 3 postcard submissions per person please!

Thanks so much–we're looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with this year!

Call for Volunteers!
HDTS: Epicenter
october 2015, in and around green river, ut


High Desert Test Sites and Epicenter are currently seeking volunteers to help host, document, and facilitate HDTS: Epicenter, a weekend long convergence set in the stunning landscape of Southern Utah. Co-organized by High Desert Test Sites and Epicenter, volunteering will give you access to a unique contemporary art experience, working directly with contributing artists to help realize their artworks. If you're interested, email us with a specific role in mind, as well as your availability through the long weekend of October 9th-12th, 2015.

Volunteer Positions:

Assist with art installations, site preparation, and signage installation. Includes postering and promotions. (Preferred dates: October 5th-9th)

We will need friendly faces to help us direct traffic, distribute information, and to ensure that all participants and observers are having a positive experience. Hosts will also ensure that all HDTS: Epicenter attendees leave no trace, leading trash pickups, and directing guests to utilize public lands in a respectful manner.

Documentation & Social Media
HDTS: Epicenter is a vast and dynamic event. Your efforts to help document the experience will help us tell the story to a broader public. Multiple positions available. Please respond with how you would like to contribute, and what equipment you plan to use.

  • Photography and film: High Definition preferred (but not required!)
  • Social media: Help run our instagram for the weekend, live-tweet the events, write a narrative of your experience for our blog, send out reports in smoke signals. This position is open to interpretation. Send us some ideas!

Runners: Unexpected issues always come up. Runners will be available to run errands for event staff and artists on an as needed basis. Car preferred, as HDTS: Epicenter takes place over a vast area. First aid experience also a bonus.

Clean-Up: We are seeking volunteers to help wrap up the event, ensuring that we leave no trace at each location. Installation breakdown, transportation of equipment and materials, as well as trash pick-up will be organized at each location. (Preferred dates: October 11th & 12th)

Kip's Desert Book Club
Road to Soul - Carmen Mendoza
september 7, 2015


Our September book club selection is Road to Soul by Carmen Mendoza. Don't feel bad if you haven't heard about it–this collection of short stories was published only a few months ago with a book release party at the 29 Palms Inn. A graduate of 29 Palms High, now living in Colorado, the memories of driving the lonely roads  of the Mojave inspire Mendoza's writing to this day. The prose gets a little racy at times, a perfect easy read to end the summer with.

The meeting place will be the gazebo outside the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center at 65336 Winter Road, Twentynine Palms, CA.

From downtown JT, drive east on Highway 62 and turn left on Sunburst. Turn right at Golden, left on Border, and keep your eyes open for Pole and Del Oro streets. Winter will be the next road, (sign on the left hand side). Look for the white "Book Club" sign on the right. The community center is 4 miles down Winter on the left hand side.

From 29 Palms, Go west on Hwy. 62, turn right on Sunfair and continue on the dirt where it changes names to Coyote Valley. Turn left on Winter at the stop sign, and the Center will be on your right in about a quarter mile.

Monday, September 7, 2015, 7 pm
Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center
65336 Winter Road
Twentynine Palms, CA (see driving directions above)

This is the twelfth meeting of Kip's Desert Book Club Learn more about this monthly gathering.


P.S.  In honor of the one year anniversary of Kip's Desert Book Club in October, October's book club meeting will be at The Palms Restaurant and Saloon and we will be reading Edna in the Desert by Maddy Lederman, a book written in, and about, Wonder Valley.