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Desert Hot Springs: Things to Do

Head outdoors and enjoy a hike, visit a historic museum built in the 1940s, play 18 on a Robert Trent Jones. Jr.-designed course, or find the right cactus for your desert landscape.

Staff Report Attractions, Current Guide

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Francisco Mariscal or Mariscal Cactus & Succulents.
PHOTOGRAPH BY MILLICENT HARVEY

Mariscal Cactus & Succulents

66085 Dillon Road
Desert Hot Springs
760-908-7799
mariscalcactusandsucculents.com

Ever wonder what a cactus forest would look like? Turns out, it would be pretty much identical to the Mariscal nursery. This is an oasis of drought-tolerant beauties, where rows of Echinopsis, saguaros, and Beaucarnea recurvata tower above you, and hard-to-find plants like Sansevieria cylindrica come in multiple sizes. Mariscal is a great option if you’re looking for small, easy-to-gift cactuses and succulents. And if you’re after larger statement plants, don’t worry: They deliver.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY ANNA KULA
Caobt's Pueblo Museum

Cabot’s Pueblo Museum

67616 Desert View Ave.
Desert Hot Springs
760-329-7610
cabotsmuseum.org

Cabot Yerxa, born in 1885 on the Sioux Reservation in the Dakota Territories, was an adventurer, artist, architect, builder, writer, entrepreneur, and activist. He came to homestead in Desert Hot Springs in 1913. While digging a well, he discovered the local hot mineral springs that put the town on the map as a spa resort destination. The maze-like, Hopi-style pueblo he built by hand in the 1940s is now a cultural attraction. Cabot’s Pueblo Museum contains 35 rooms (and 150 windows) displaying Native American art and artifacts, as well as a collection of Yerxa’s own art, handiwork, and souvenirs from his faraway travels.

Artisans at the Pueblo

In the spirit of Yerxa’s desire to nurture an artistic community, Cabot’s Pueblo Museum hosts an artisan market featuring one-of-a-kind works by local makers every second Saturday of the month, November through March.

Desert Dunes Golf Club

19300 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs
760-251-5370
desertdunesgc.com

Designed by acclaimed golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., this par-72 track pairs a links-style layout with natural sand dunes and desert vegetation. The course has hosted U.S. Open and PGA Tour qualifying events. Conditions test players of all skill levels, presenting a particularly tricky challenge with frequent winds.

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Long Canyon Trail

Long Canyon Trail

Long Canyon Road
Desert Hot Springs

This 12-mile trek (one way) links Desert Hot Springs to Joshua Tree National Park, where hikers recommend leaving a car for the journey home. Beginning at a trailhead located on Long Canyon Road, about a mile north of Hacienda Avenue, the moderately challenging route serves up stunning views with an ascent of approximately 1,200 feet.

Mission Creek Preserve

60550 Mission Creek Road
Desert Hot Springs
760-369-7105
wildlandsconservancy.com

The Coachella Valley is home to a vast array of species, many of which thrive in this 4,760-acre preserve. Located between the Sonoran and Mojave deserts, the area comprises hiking trails (it’s 4 miles to the Pacific Crest Trail from the parking area) and, surprisingly, natural wetlands fed by a perennial stream. Visit in the spring to see wildflowers.