Sites

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.  And if you look hard you may still come across Wade Guyton's X (let us know if you find it, as there have been many sightings since it fell over in 2004, but no traceable directions.)*  


Directions:

From downtown Joshua Tree (and the east): From 29 Palms Hwy/Hwy 62 turn right (north) onto Old Woman Springs Rd/Hwy 247 in Yucca Valley. Drive 2.4 miles. Turn left onto Pipes Canyon Rd. Drive 4.2 miles. Turn right onto Gamma Gulch Rd (please respect our neighbors - do not drive above 20 mph on this road!), and drive 1.6 miles. Turn right onto Gods Way Love (east - if the sign as blown off, look for David & Jeannie's sign). Drive 0.4 miles.

From Los Angeles (and the west): From 29 Palms Hwy/Hwy 62 turn left (north) onto Pioneertown Road in Yucca Valley. Drive 7.5 miles up the hill, through Pioneertown to Pipes Canyon. Turn right onto Pipes Canyon Rd. Drive 2.4 miles. Turn left onto Gamma Gulch Rd (please respect our neighbors - do not drive above 20 mph on this road!), and drive 1.6 miles. Turn right onto Gods Way Love (east - if the sign as blown off, look for David & Jeannie's sign). Drive 0.4 miles.


*This site has experienced some damage due to vandalism in the past - please help us prevent any future incidents by letting us know if anything appears amiss while you are out there there.  Thank you!


 

A downtown Joshua Tree gallery founded by Shari Elf and Randy Polumbo, and home to The World Famous Crochet Museum.

Directions: On the south side of Hwy 62, just west of Park Blvd in downtown Joshua Tree.

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.

Directions: From 29 Palms Hwy and Park Dr drive east one mile to the big yellow Bail Bonds sign. Turn right onto Neptune. Drive up Neptune. Road will veer left. Follow the road along the powerlines and look for a parking spot right before the turnaround area.

A sprawling dry lakebed, popular with dirtbikers and 4x4 enthusiasts.

Directions: From Hwy 62, head north on Sunfair/Coyote Valley Rd.  Turn RIGHT on Broadway and keep driving.

UPDATE:  The HDTS HQ at 6470 Veterans Way will be closed beginning May 2014.

We hope to save up for a more permanent space of our own one day, and reopen the HQ in the future in another location.  In the meantime, you can download a copy of our driving map here, and shop a selection of HDTS goods at our online shop.

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Thanks so much for your ongoing support! 

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The HDTS HQ at 6470 Veterans Way in downtown Joshua Tree was open on weekends from summer 2010 to spring 2014.  Visitors stopped by to pick up driving maps to the sites, browse our project archives and desert research library, and shop for HDTS-related books, gifts, and postcards in the HDTS Life Enhancement Shop.

Thanks so much to our wonderful HQ volunteers over the years: Hector Alvarez, Sofia Arreguin, Chris Badger, Jonathan Ballak, Steffi Balcik, Geena Barker, Brian Bosworth, Laurel Bybee, Suzanne Caulkins, Timothy Chinnock, Catherine Davis, Georganne Deen, Bob Dornberger, Matt Dreiling, Emily Ensminger, Tyler Graim, Sarah Harris, Sandy Krause, Chelsea Larkin, Jena Lee, Jay Lizo, Tara Lemasters, Ari Marcantonio, Deborah Martin, Andrea Osojnik, Jamie Poole, Megan Plunkett, Megan Sallabedra, Danielle Segura, Greta Schluenz, Eden Solas, Hannah Stearn, Catharine Stebbins, Angela Suchey, Melissa Tolar, Julie Weiman, Kate Wertheimer, Alexandra Wetzel, Patrick Woody, Lucas Wrench, Kim Zuniga.  

Extra special thanks to Brad Hudson Thomas and Brooks Hudson Thomas for their above and beyond involvement helping to keep the HQ running smoothly and looking good!

The Ironage Road parcel is a 40 acre site out at the most eastern edge of Wonder Valley in the Sheephole Valley Wilderness area.  

Directions: From 29 Palms continue east on 29 Palms Hwy. Drive forever (23 miles) and look for the sign for Ironage Road. Turn left onto the dirt road right after the sign. Drive a few more miles until you see something.

(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. www.kcymaerxthaere.com

Directions: From 29 Palms Hwy drive north on Sunburst.Take a right on Crestview. Drive 1.3 miles and take a right on Border again. Drive about one "block" - the Krblin Jihn Cabin will be on your left.
 

Noah Purifoy's Outdoor Desert Art Museum consists of 7.5 acres of open land displaying 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."

Directions: From 29 Palms Hwy drive north on Sunburst. Follow the paved road as it turns right and then turns left and becomes Border. Turn right on Aberdeen drive onto dirt road and turn left on Center and then right again almost immediately on Blair Lane.
 

The Swap Meet in Yucca Valley is a world of it's 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 Sky Village Swap Meet.

Directions: 7028 Theater Road (just off Hwy 247, right behind Barr Lumber), Yucca Valley, CA 92286

Open Saturdays and Sundays, 7AM - 2PM
Phone number: 760-365-2104

 

The Palms 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).

Directions: From Hwy 62 head north on Adobe Rd in 29 Palms.  Turn RIGHT on Amboy Rd and continue about 13 miles.  83131 Amboy Rd, Wonder Valley 92277.

Andrea Zittel's project is the site of ongoing "investigations in living". Her A-Z enterprise encompasses all aspects of day to day living. Home furniture, clothing, and food all become the sites of exploration in an ongoing endeavor to better understand human nature and the social construction of needs and desires. Some of the experimental projects that have been developed at A-Z West include the A-Z Homestead Unit, the A-Z Wagon Stations and A-Z Advanced Technologies such as Paper Pulp Pannels and Fiber Forms. www.zittel.org

Please Note! A-Z West is open to the public for workshops and special events on pre-announced dates. Because this is a personal residence, please respect the private drive signs and do not visit the site at other times.