For adventures and the unexpected, take a day trip to East Coachella Valley and explore Slab City, Painted Canyon, and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Grab a bite for breakfast at Red Ocotillo in Borrego Springs, then drive to the Visitor Center and Desert Garden. To see the best sights, go on the 4.5-hour Overland California Jeep Tour or hike Borrego
A resort that takes advantage of the hot springs of Desert Hot Springs, Two Bunch Palms is also rich with Hollywood history. Legend has it Al Capone built the 270-acre resort as his West Coast hideout. The resort was featured in the film The Player. It’s built around the healing powers of the mineral-rich springs. 67425 Two Bunch Palms Trail,
A combination of golf and soccer, footgolf offers two ways to feel like a klutz, but at least you get a cardio workout. You play with soccer balls and 21-inch diameter holes, and rounds can range from 90 minutes to three hours on an average hole length (about half the length of a traditional golf game). Play in summer without
If you live in the Coachella Valley you’re surely used to others’ shock, awe, and amazement when they learn you brave the scorching summers here and live to tell. For those of us who stick it out — dependent on patio misters, fabulously frigid air conditioning, and plenty of evening cocktails — the reward is a quieter community where we
Easy switchbacks on a two-lane highway lead to Idyllwild, a mile-high community that’s big on rustic. Nestled in the heart of the San Jacinto Mountains, Idyllwild is close to the desert but feels like it’s a world away. The pine trees grow tall and lanky. The air is snappy. It’s cozy. Stroll through local shops to pick up gifts for
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If you’ve ever dreamt of being a race car driver, start your engines here. Courses at the BMW Performance Driving School tell you how to skid, drift, change lanes, brake, and slalom, all performed at excessive speeds. Teachers provide real-time instruction over walkie-talkies while you drive. Put your newfound knowledge to the test in a drag race around the private
Whether you’re hooked on beavertail cactuses and desert iguanas or intrigued by the dozens of galleries and outdoor sculpture studios nestled among the byways that straddle Highway 62 en route to Joshua Tree National Park, one thing is certain: You’re going to find more than one worthy detour. “That’s how my love affair with the High Desert took off,” says
Play in summer without fear of heatstroke, courtesy of the City of Indio. This is the only course in the Coachella Valley with lights. Tee times start at 7 a.m. and the last tee time is 8 p.m. Hole length on the par-3 course ranges from 110 to 230 yards. You can also play footgolf (see Desert Willow Golf Resort).
George Van Tassel built this dome to heal the body through sound, using the telepathic instructions he claims to have received from aliens. Even if you don’t believe in extraterrestrial life, this is one extraordinary structure. Built entirely from wood, it is 38 feet high and 55 feet in diameter. Musicians go wild for the acoustics; meditation groups find space