Although many of our projects are only temporarily sited, some are permanent and are located throughout the Joshua Tree region. The best way to find these works is to follow the directions on our current HDTS driving map.
The HQ at the Sky Village Swap Meet:
The HDTS HQ is a visitor's center and creative hub where artists, craftsmen, visionaries, and friends engage with the high desert community through creative projects and performances. You can pick up a copy of our driving map to HDTS projects and other local sites of interest at the HQ every Saturday from 9 am–1 pm—and please check our website regularly to see what special events we have on the calendar.
The HQ is collectively run by a small group of volunteers who review and accept proposals several times a year. We are open to a wide variety of projects to present at the HQ, but are particularly interested in work that engages with our local community (who have a strong presence at the Swap Meet), encouraging their participation in a contemporary practice. Proposals are accepted via email and are reviewed about once every three months.
Directions: 7028 Theater Road (just off Hwy 247, right behind Barr Lumber), Yucca Valley, CA 92286; 760-365-2104
*Email us if you'd like to get involved with the HDTS HQ at Sky Village Swap Meet!
Sites we work with:
HDTS frequently works with the following sites in the Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, and Pioneertown regions. These sites are owned by different friends of the organization. We ask that when visiting these sites visitors are respectful of the land and the artworks installed there.
ANDY'S GAMMA GULCH PARCEL
Andy Stillpass’s 100-acre HDTS parcel in the mind-blowingly scenic Pipes Canyon currently hosts projects by Lea Cetera, Karen Lofgren, Scout Regalia, Halsey Rodman, and Tao Urban.
A downtown Joshua Tree gallery founded by Shari Elf and Randy Polumbo, and home to The World Famous Crochet Museum.
BEHIND THE BAIL BONDS
The ten acre, boulder strewn, parcel behind the Bail Bonds is the one corner of A-Z West that is open to the public. Sited up in the rocks is untitled by Sarah Vanderlip (two aluminum truck heads welded together) and below are signs by Julia Scher.
COYOTE DRY LAKE
A sprawling dry lakebed, popular with dirtbikers and 4x4 enthusiasts.
IRON AGE ROAD
The Ironage Road parcel is a 40 acre site out at the most eastern edge of Wonder Valley in the Sheephole Valley Wilderness area.
KRBLIN JIHN KABIN
(By Eames Demetrios) Like many of the cabins in the area, this structure was originally used to house defeated heretics. This site explores the history and context of this important structure and community, including the remnants of its remarkable compass wheel.
NOAH PURIFOY'S OUTDOOR DESERT ART MUSEUM
On 7.5 acres of open land, the museum displays Purifoy's assemblage sculptures, created between 1989 and 2004. The works themselves are great - as is the decay due to the harsh elements of their desert setting. Resisting the ideologies of institutionalized art, Purifoy proposed to find out what role nature could play in the history of an art piece, arguing that "changes are an integral part of life itself."
SKY VILLAGE SWAP MEET & CRYSTAL CAVE
The Swap Meet in Yucca Valley is a world of its own; a dense shanty-like town of booths and stands packed with curios, desert junk, and overgrown cactus gardens. In the heart of the swap meet is the Crystal Cave—a masterpiece by Bob Carr, owner and creator of the Sky Village Swap Meet.
THE PALMS (AMBOY RD)
This bar and music venue is 15 miles east of town, but feels like the end of nowhere. Our favorite desert haunt, where you can take time out to play a round of pool, order Pabst on tap, and buy used cowboy boots (opens at 3 PM).
ZITTEL'S A-Z WEST
Andrea Zittel's project is the site of ongoing "investigations in living". Her A-Z enterprise encompasses all aspects of day to day living.