Twentynine Palms is a family-friendly destination. From a variety of food and lodging options to its proximity to Joshua Tree National Park and Oasis Visitor Center to a long list of local attractions, activities, and events, there is always something to do. See our Explore and Attractions sections, including the Parks page, for information about our community parks, playgrounds, public swimming pool, and skateboard park. And visit our Calendar of Events so you can plan ahead to attend one of our many community events.
The 29 Palms Art Gallery features monthly exhibitions and hosts art education classes for all ages throughout the year for a minimal fee. Members of the 29 Palms Artists' Guild receive a discount, and adult and student memberships are available.
See their website for a schedule of art activities for youth and adults, plus seasonal events and fundraisers. A historic landmark in the community since 1963, the gallery is open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., (Summer hours: Fri-Sun 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.) with monthly desert art shows featuring work by Guild members and other desert artists, and monthly receptions on the First Saturday, 5 to 7 p.m. Admission free. 74055 Cottonwood Drive (off National Park Drive), Twentynine Palms, CA 92277, (760) 367-7819. www.29palmsartgallery.com
New in 2018: Join the 29 Palms Art Gallery Youth Art Programs. Join today and receive all the benefits and discounts of a Gallery member, plus a membership card and T-shirt. Each program has its own age-appropriate class line-up. Visit www.29palmsartgallery.com for the full art class schedule for the year. Youth Art Club includes sketch books, line drawing, cartoon drawing, clay masks, printmaking, collage, assemblage, beading and jewelry. Youth Art Academy topics range from Cave Art and Pictographs to Renaissance painting, Impressionism, Commercial Art, Abstract Expressionism and more.
Youth Art Club: ages 5-11
Meet monthly on 1st Saturdays, 9 – 10:30 am
Youth Art Academy : ages 12-17
Meet monthly on 1st Mondays, 4 – 6 pm
The 29 Palms Creative Center & Gallery welcomes walk-ins of all ages to paint pottery or create a canvas painting in the inspiring open studio. Gretchen Grunt and Selina Phanara offer art activities directly out of their studios for the local or traveling art adventurer. Choose from a selection of ready-to-paint pottery: cups, plates, tiles, and tons of figurines, starting at $15 (plus tax); or instant canvas painting, starting at $20 (plus tax) a canvas. The Creative Center also offers a variety of instructed art classes for children, adults, groups, including paint nights, art parties, and Summer Art Camp.
The Creative Center is open to the public Tues-Sat 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment for “Art After Dark” parties. The art gallery also exhibits local jewelry, fabric, art, pottery, fused glass, desert nuances and recent art created by the studio artists who work on the premises. 6847 adobe Road, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277, (760) 361-3461. www.29palmsart.com
“Explore, Learn, Protect!” (Junior Ranger motto) Like many other national parks, Joshua Tree offers young visitors the opportunity to join the National Park Service “family” as Junior Rangers. Interested youth complete a series of activities during a park visit, share their answers with a park ranger, and receive an official Junior Ranger badge. Junior Rangers are typically between the ages of 5 to 13, although people of all ages can participate. Kids visiting Joshua Tree National Park may earn a Junior Ranger badge by completing a number of activities as they explore the park. The Junior Ranger booklet is available at park entrance stations and visitor centers. Booklet activities include drawing, writing, attending a ranger program, and picking up trash in the park. Stop by the Oasis Visitor Center, 74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277, (760) 367-5500. www.nps.gov/jotr/learn/kidsyouth/beajuniorranger.htm
Joshua Tree also participates in national Junior Ranger programs like Junior Paleontologist, Junior Ranger Night Explorer, and Wilderness Explorer. www.nps.gov/kids/jrRangers.cfm
Can't make it to a park? Learn how to become a WebRanger! www.nps.gov/webrangers
The Twentynine Palms Historical Society hosts a program to encourage youth to become more familiar with the history of our area, which has been a crossroads and melting pot for many cultures throughout time. Exhibits at the Old Schoolhouse Museum touch on the history of our local Native Americans, gold miners, cattlemen, early desert homesteaders and pioneer families, and the military. It is a wonderful launch point for young minds.
Accompanied by an adult, the prospective Young Historian will:
1. Complete the Hunting for History at the Old Schoolhouse Museum.
2. Complete a Mural Tour of Twentynine Palms and visit Veterans Park.
3. Visit Joshua Tree National Park Oasis Visitor Center and walk the Oasis of Mara Nature Trail.
4. On the Old Schoolhouse grounds, walk the Frances Sabol Eco Trail, visit the Old Mining and Hastie Bus Exhibits, and describe the Twentynine Palms Historical Society logo to the docent on staff.
Once this mission is complete, each inductee will receive a commemorative T-shirt designating their new status as a Young Historian. The program currently focuses on students in grades 3 through 6. Admission is FREE to the museum. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. (or Friday, Saturday, Sunday during summer months, Goes back to normal hours in Sept). Old Schoolhouse Museum, 6760 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277, (760) 367-2366. www.29palmshistorical.com
Bring the whole family to one of the free star parties on Saturday nights (except during full moon) at Sky's The Limit Observatory, located at the top of Utah Trail right next to the north entrance to Joshua Tree National Park in Twentynine Palms. The campus is open every day for people to stop by, walk the nature trail, experience the sculptures and meditation garden, and view the native plant life and orrery (model of the solar system). Of course, the real excitement happens on several Saturday nights each month when local and visiting astronomers take you on a tour of the night sky, with various telescopes set up on site, including the 14-inch Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the astronomical dome. Bring your own chairs, snacks and water. Admission free. 9697 Utah Trail, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277, Ray (760) 365-7897. www.skysthelimit29.org
For children ages 12 and up! Bring the whole family to the only axe throwing location in the high desert, where they strive to create a fun environment for families, military, tourists, and more! *No open toed shoes. Admission is $20 per hour / $18 per hour for Veterans, Active Military, and First Responders. All prices are per person. Open Tuesday through Thursday 2 to 9 p.m. / Friday through Sunday 2 to 10 p.m. 5823 Adobe Road, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277.
HORSEBACK RIDING & HORSE SHOWS
Coyote Ridge Stable
Coyote Ridge Stable has been in business for over 15 years. Owned and operated by Sue Lund and Sally Ellis, who along with several of the horses volunteer their time with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Mounted Search and Rescue. Our guided trail rides take you through the canyons of Morongo Valley, with beautiful views of the San Gorgonio mountains and Mt. San Jacinto. At 3200 ft. elevation our mountainous terrain offers abundant wildlife and plant species. Experience magnificent golden eagles, red tailed hawks, and kestrels soaring high above, or perhaps see coyote pups at play, and listen to covies of Gambel's quail chirping under the cover of creosote bushes. All of our rides are accompanied by ...more
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Crazy Horse Ranch
Picture yourself on a relaxing horseback ride at sunset surrounded by breathtaking mountain views! Crazy Horse Ranch is a family owned ranch located just outside of Palm Springs that offers trail rides, private lessons, and horse boarding. Owner Jacklyn Barrett, a Wyoming native, has lived with horses her entire life. She takes a "Natural" approach to her horses and takes special care in training and bonding with them. Jacklyn will teach you the ropes to ensure that your ride is an unforgettable experience. Perfect for adults and children alike, Crazy Horse Ranch also offers ...more
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The Indio Desert Circuit Horse Show
Held January 26 thru March 12th, the Desert Circuit is largest hunter/jumper event West of the Mississippi.
Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions
By 1981, Keith McCormick had already become a successful entrepreneur in his native United Kingdom, but he longed to realize a dream to move to Palm Springs, California and devote his time entirely to his family...and his cars. In 1985, Keith hosted his very first Palm Springs exotic car auction. Today, the Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions have become a world famous Palm Springs tradition. Keith McCormick's relentless dedication to excellence and integrity has produced one of the most prestigious, respected, and successful car auctions in America ...more
Adventure Hummer - Desert Tours
Our bright yellow Hummers are recognizable as soon as you come to our sun-drenched part of the world. We have the only OPEN AIR Hummers in the desert to let you experience the REAL DESERT. Journey with us far from the world of traffic and noise to a place off the beaten track. We offer daily tours into the canyons of the San Andreas Fault as well as into the heart of Joshua Tree National Park. We stop at the 3rd largest Palm Oasis in the world and visit places very few are ever privileged to see. Our guides are experts in the geology and the natural history of the area. Accept no substitute for the Hummer experience. The Hummer is known or its unmatched smooth performance in the open desert and offers more legroom and space for its passengers. Due to the popularity of our tours, early reservations are strongly recommended ...more
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A short 90 minure drive from Palm Springs, Newport Landing offers world class sportfishing and whale watching off of Newport and Laguna Beach. Our fishing trips fish Laguna Beach coastline, Catalina Island, and many other destinations. Yellowtail to 40lbs, halibut, white sea bass, red snapper, and many more. Hundreds of fish per trip is not uncommon. Giant Blue Whales, Grey whales, dolphin, several other species of whale, seals, and many other marine creatures can be viewed ...more
FESTIVALS & FAIRS
The Palm Springs International Film Festival presents more than 200 films from over 60 countries and hosts over 200 film making guests for its program of screenings, seminars, tributes and special events. The annual Black Tie Awards Gala honors such stellar talent as Nicole Kidman, Liam Neeson, Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, John Travolta, Scarlett Johansson, Sean Connery and Susan Sarandon. Information: 760.778.8979
Held annually around St. Valentine's Day, the Riverside Date Festival began as a celebration of the date harvest. 800-863-8247
The Coachella Valley is a hiker's dream of canyons and pathways.
Indian Canyon - Cahuilla Indians 760-345-5673
Happy Traveler RV Park Community hikes Wed. (Nov. - Mar.)
211 West Mesquite 760-325-7530
The Sierra Club Saturday and Sunday in season
Coachella Valley Hiking Club - weekends year-round, plus some week days (Nov. - May)
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway , 54 miles of trails in Mt. San Jacinto Wilderness.
Day permits at Ranger Station in Long Valley. 760-327-0222
Overnight permits at State Park Headquarters in Idyllwild. 909-659-260
Palm Springs Swim Center - Located in Sunrise Park on Sunrise Way and Ramon Rd., the Palm Springs Swim Center features a 50-meter Olympic-size public pool, two 1-meter diving boards, one 3-meter board, spacious lawns, sun deck and a separate section for children. The temperature is maintained at 80-84 degrees. Instruction for all ages.
Open April - Sept. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct.-Mar. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Night swimming in summer. Admission $3.50 adults, $2.50 children 4-12, 3 and under are free with paid adult. Swim card is $49 for 25 swims and requires a membership to purchase. 760-323-8278
Soak City Water Park - Open: March 14, 15, 21, 22, and 26-29 Closed: 16- 20, 23-25, and 30-31 April - Closed: 1 and 27-30 Open: 2-19, 25 and 26 May - Closed: 1 Open: 2-3 - Soak City will be open all Summer.
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