Sunday in the Desert

Come early to the CAM Conference and play in the desert on Sunday, February 4!  Many of us are familiar with Palm Springs, you may not know the greater Coachella Valley is also a culturally rich region that includes Joshua Tree National Park and Mt. San Jacinto.  Our gracious host committee has provided a variety of activities to help you get the most out of your time in the desert. We encourage you to take part in the special activities planned and explore the beauty and culture of the place our hosts call home.


Sunday Activities
Guided Hike of Joshua Tree National Park
Time: 10:00 AM – afternoon (3-4 
Location: Joshua Tree Visitor Center
Address: 6654 Park Blvd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Free, Sign up required

Just for CAM conference participants and their families, the Desert Institute will offer a guided hike through the Wonderland of Rocks. This unique environment is a large labyrinth of granite formations and meandering corridors. It’s an easy place to get lost as it’s full of secret, picture-postcard settings, wide-eyed views, and any number of natural surprises.  Spend an enjoyable half-day hiking and scrambling through this rare place, feeling the rough texture of its timelessness underfoot and in your fingertips. More than an outdoor adventure, this hike includes some instruction in how the Wonderland formed, why it looks the way it does, and how it helps support a diverse and interesting community of plants and animals.  

Come prepared to hike 3 to 4 miles, depending on conditions, with occasional stops for rest and teachable moments. The route is cross-country and requires some scrambling and rock-hopping, none of it extended or technical.

Just for CAM conference participants and their families the Desert Institute will offer a guided hike through the Wonderland of Rocks. 
The hike will start at 10 am on Sunday, February 4, 2018 and will last about 3-4 hours. We’ll start at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center located at 6654 Park Blvd. Joshua Tree, CA 92252.
Free, Sign up required


Ethnobotany Walk: Plants used by the Cahuilla people
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Parking Lot, Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center
Address: 51-500 Highway 74, Palm Desert, California 92260
For Further information or to RSVP please call (951) 849-7289

Participants will have the opportunity to join Malki Museum’s board president Daniel McCarthy on a informative ethnobotany walk. McCarthy will identify various culturally important plants used by the Cahuilla people. We will stop at three locations along highway 74 to discuss the variety of vegetation that grows in the Santa Rosa Mountain at various elevations. 

We will visit multiple locations with limited parking, so carpooling is highly encouraged.
Please bring water, snacks, and closed-toe shoes.

Family Day: Focus on Sculpture

Time: 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Sunnylands Center & Gardens
Address: 37977 Bob Hope Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

CAM attendees are welcome to visit the Sunnylands Center & Gardens for a free family day celebrating sculpture. Sculptors, working in a variety of mediums will be demonstrating their craft in the gardens, a hands-on activity will be offered inside, and a special sculpture walk will be offered by a member of the archives staff. As always, families are also encouraged to play with tech-free toys provided in the Gardens.

Free and Reduced Admission Museums
Many museums in the region are offering free or reduced admission pricing.  Check out the link and take advantage of the local museum community while you are in town!

Attractions and Places of Interest
In 1946, Pioneertown was founded by a group of Hollywood investors, including actors Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. They created an Old West set with 1880s-style false-front facades, frontier stables, saloons, and jails.  More than 50 films and television shows were filmed here in the 1940s and 1950s.  Today there are a variety of small artisan shops behind the movie facades. Pappy and Harriet’s, the former movie set “cantina” is now the most famous place for dining in the Hi-Desert and worth a visit.

The Noah Purifoy Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Art
This 7.5-acre property displays artist Noah Purifoy’s assemblage sculptures. Purifoy came into prominence during the 1960s as an installation artist and co-founder of the Watts Towers Art Center in Los Angeles.

The World Famous Crochet Museum
On the way into Joshua Tree National Park, make a short stop to check out the World Famous Crochet Museum in Joshua Tree. It is in a former One-Hour Fotomat Booth and filled with everything crochet.

Desert Christ Park
Desert Christ Park is an iconic feature of Yucca Valley. Dedicated in 1951, the park is home to more than 40 large-scale concrete statues portraying scenes of Christ’s life and teachings by artist Frank Antoine Martin.

Giant Rock
Giant Rock is considered the world’s largest free-standing boulder. Weighing approximately 25,000 tons and standing 7 stories tall, Giant Rock was revered by Native Americans. UFO conventions were held at Giant Rock from the 1950s through the 1970s.