A DAY IN PALM SPRINGS
An impromptu afternoon of desert site-seeing. The Palm Springs Art Museum, the aerial tram up to the San Jacinto forest, and a journey to the Noah Purifoy Desert Art Museum. Plus two videos heyo heyo!
After spending the night at an Airbnb with some friends celebrating a birthday, we left the next morning (aka this day) around 2:30 PM. So hopefully this gives you an idea of what you can do with a few hours in the desert.
It was blazing hot (over 107 degrees F) when we left the Airbnb, so I wanted to find a place with air conditioning. I’ve always wanted to go to the Palm Springs Art Museum, and they may have the ugliest website (here) but the museum itself is great!
The collection was formed by donations from Palm Springs’ affluent residents aka wealthy Hollywood people. It also has Native American and “Western” art. It actually started in 1938 as a “Desert Museum”, specializing in Native American artifacts and science.
Walked up from the Palm Springs Art Museum to Palm Canyon Drive. There were a lot of shops and restaurants and stuff to see.
Poked into this candy shop, Rocket Fizz. Was immediately delighted cuz they had My Neighbor Totoro playing on the TV. They also had a selection of Japanese candy.
Walked up to the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum. It’s a small space, but you should pop in and read a bit about history of this area, especially the important tensions and discrimination against Native Americans and immigrants as Palm Springs developed.
Walked back over towards the museum and hopped in the car to meet up with Kiki at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.
Here’s the site to learn more about the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Here’s a video of the whole tram + San Jacinto Forest experience! Hope you liiiike.
This is the San Jacinto State Park, it’s a forest in the middle of a mountain in a desert.
Desert View Trail, was just a little loop around this grassy field. Here’s a list of hikes you can do from this area. I noticed a lot of hikers with rock climbing pads on their backs, so there might be some good climbing here too!
Down from the mountain, and back through the desert. Rushing to get to the Noah Purifoy Desert Art Museum before sunset! We e-mailed the Noah Purifoy Foundation for directions, and they sent them right away.
Here’s a peek at the space at dusk!
Noah Purifoy is an artist that is from the South, but is deeply connected with Los Angeles, Watts Towers, and the California Arts Council. When he was 72 he moved to Joshua Tree and created these large scale “junk” art installations.
Piece on KCET about the “junk dada” and Purifoy’s work in the desert.
There are a bunch of sculptures missing that are a part of LACMA’s exhibition “Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada.”
Recognize it from PeeWee’s Big Adventure? You can go inside the dinos during the day…but at night it’s just dark.
Hope this was interesting!
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Much love friends.