Planning your trip
HDTS 2013 - October 12-19


HDTS 2013 launches in just one month!

We’re so excited 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 2013 will work:

Each day we will focus on a specific leg of the route between Joshua Tree and Albuquerque–highlighting independent projects, performances, installations, and points of interest along the way.  There will be a lot to see–more than you will realistically be able to check out, so you will have to pick and choose in some instances—but each day will be anchored by one main evening site, near or at camping/motel/hotel accommodations (with the exception of Thursday October 17, the choose-your-own-adventure day of the trip!)

Looking for a ride, or have one to offer?  Let fellow HDTS 2013 travelers know!

Our full driving map and schedule of events will be released at the beginning of October–join our mailing list to make sure you don’t miss any important updates!
[UPDATE: driving map and schedule now available!]

October 12–13
Joshua Tree, Landers, Pioneertown, Yucca Valley, 29 Palms, Wonder Valley CA

Where to stay: Check out some options here.  Book early!  (The Joshua Tree Music Festival will also be in town!)  Saturday night camping behind The Palms is okay, too!

October 14
Amboy through Kingman AZ

Where to stay: Hill Top Motel, camping just east of Kingman

October 15
Crown King AZ

Where to stay: camping at the Mill Restaurant, or rooms at Bradshaw Mountain Guest Ranch, Cedar Roost Inn, Crown King Saloon, Bear Creek Cabins

October 16
Arcosanti AZ

Where to stay: camping is available at Arcosanti for $5 per person (no reservations necessary), along with a limited number of guest rooms.  Reservations and more info at 928.632.7135 or guests [at]  

October 17
Turkey Springs AZ or Gallup NM
(there will be two routes this day!  Choose between the off-the-beaten-path Turkey Springs AZ, or hop off Highway 40 for Gallup NM!)
Where to stay: UFO campout in Turkey Springs, or the El Rancho Hotel in Gallup (mention “High Desert Test Sites” for a discount). Camping is also available 60 miles east of Gallup at Bluewater Lake State Park (gates close at 9PM).

October 18
Belen, Los Lunas, Magdalena NM

Where to stay: campout in Belen, Water Canyon Campground in Magdalena (below the MRO), and plenty of motels/hotels in Socorro.

October 19
Albuquerque NM

Where to stay: Sandia Peak InnMonterey Motel, etc.

a huge thank you!
...but we still need your help!


Thanks to all of our amazing friends and supporters, and an especially generous donation, our basic event costs for HDTS 2013 are now TOTALLY FUNDED!!  Thank you so much to everyone who contributed any amount - we love you and are so grateful and blown away by your generosity and support.  In some cases, the very artists we have been wanting to help out with our fundraiser have actually been donating to support us!   Now is the time that we are able to start to work for them and to generate funds to support their own amazing projects.

Now that we have reached our first fundraising goal of $20,000, every dollar that comes in will go directly to our hardworking and dedicated artists.  HDTS is devoted to showcasing artists working outside of urban cultural centers,  in places that you wouldn't ordinarily think to look.  We challenge artists to surpass the scope of traditional categories as they expand the definition of art to take on new areas of relevancy.  By necessity, our artists are incredibly self reliant, resourceful, and dedicated.  They have been prepared to self-fund their own projects, plus cover additional expenses such as transportation and accommodations out of pocket, and in many cases must compensate for missed days of income at their day jobs.

Now is the time when we can really work to support them.  Please donate to the HDTS 2013 USA Projects campaign and reward our 60 amazing atists for all of their hard work and dedication!

Just two weeks left!
HDTS 2013 Fundraiser

(Edited by Eden Solas)

Many THANKS to everyone who has already donated to our HDTS 2013 fundraiser! We are working hard to raise money for an incredible week-long journey from Joshua Tree to Albuquerque that will include over 60 projects sited along a network of diverse desert locations in California, Arizona, and New Mexico.

We have just a few days left to raise almost $8,000, so we need your help now more than ever!  Donate today and receive one of our awesome donor perks!

We look forward to seeing you all in October for HDTS 2013

Our first fundraiser ever!

We're excited to announce that we've just launched a USA Projects fundraising page for our big event this October - HDTS 2013!  As you may have heard, we're hitting the road for a week-long adventure showcasing 60 impressive projects along the Southwest roads and highways between Joshua Tree and Albuquerque!  This is our first fundraiser ever, and it will be our sole source of funding for HDTS 2013.  As you can imagine, the costs of hosting such an ambitious project are wildly higher then we had originally anticipated., but we are so excited about the event and all of the amazing artists and their projects. We are totally committed to raising the amount needed to pull this off with style and finesse.

So in order to make this happen we really really need your help.  High Desert Test Sites is a labor of love, and for years was completely self-funded and made possible by an extraordinary team of dedicated volunteers.  However we are at the brink of what our resources will permit.  Through this fundraising campaign we hope to raise $20,000 to support the HDTS 2013 event - including things like catalogs, site maps, publicity, and event fees - and another $30,000 to support the artists and their projects.  Every single dollar that we raise beyond our administrative costs will go directly to the artists, and will be split evenly between their projects.  There are so many exciting and deeply committed artists involved in HDTS 2013, and even being able to subsidize basic expenses such as travel and lodging will be a huge help!

We have until September 15 to reach our minimum goal of $20,000 and get funded, but we hope to surpass that amount in order to be able to support the artists and their projects.  Your donation is totally tax-deductible and any amount will make a huge difference.  Please donate to High Desert Test Sites and help us continue doing what we love to do!

Visit our USA Projects Fundraising page, and learn more about the projects and artists involved!

We did it!

292 Andrea Zittel, Brad Hudson Thomas, Eden, Aurora Tang, and Brooks Hudson Thomas at the Palms

We did it!  We are so excited to announce that High Desert Test Sites is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This development has been a long time coming, and a testament to Aurora’s perseverance and hard work over the last two years, as she literally did all of the filing and paperwork herself.  (Thank you Aurora!)

HDTS was first conceived of eleven years ago as an experimental forum for merging contemporary art with life at large. Since 2002, we have hosted more than 200 artists, architects, designers, desert doers, and other inspirational figures. The HDTS HQ in downtown Joshua Tree opened in 2010 and offers info and driving maps to our local sites, a desert research library, project archives, workshops, and the HDTS Life Enhancement Shop. Recently we also added the HDTS Scout residence program, and In October we are hosting HDTS 2013, our biggest event ever - with more than 60 projects along over 700 miles of desert roads, from Joshua Tree to Albuquerque. Stay tuned for that!

While High Desert Test Sites is a labor of love, that for years has been self-funded and made possible by a team of dedicated volunteers, we are at the brink of what our resources will permit and need help in order to grow and evolve. We are seeking to gain more of an organizational structure, without losing the renegade spirit and ideals on which HDTS was founded (don’t worry, we aren’t going "institutional.")  There are many exciting challenges ahead, and we hope you will join us through this transition. Please consider donating to HDTS - Now that you can write-off your donations it’s a win-win situation - and our team has a list of over 161 great reasons that we need your support.    Any amount, no matter how small, will make a difference.

Thank you so much!