How to experience Desert X?
For those new to Desert X, the exhibition is conceptualized as a self-guided outdoor experience where you determine the start and end point of your journey. You can make a day of it to visit each site or visit as many sites as you choose – it’s all up to you. For Desert X diehards, you may notice some minor changes this year, but never fear, the experience will be just as inspiring and exhilarating! Below is some information that may answer many of your questions while planning your trip this year. Learn more about Desert X here.
March 12 – May 16, 2021
At sites across the Coachella Valley, CA
The entire exhibition is free thanks to generous contributions from donors, foundations, and corporate sponsors. If you would like to make a donation please visit Support in our website’s top menu.
Visiting hours for the installations are sunrise to sunset Monday through Sunday, unless otherwise noted. Please check desertx.org for updated opening hours.
Art locations & maps
The location of the art installations will be revealed on March 12, 2021. Once revealed, you can get directions and addresses to the art installations on our website or by downloading our mobile app – available on March 12 and free to download for both Apple and Android phones. This is the easiest way to navigate between sites.
Desert X art installations are meant to be experienced from a variety of perspectives and points of view. Desert X will, on request, make all reasonable modifications to ensure that people with disabilities can access and enjoy the exhibition. To request a reasonable modification, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the Desert X Hub
Ace Hotel & Swim Club
701 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Pick up a printed program, purchase Desert X swag and meet our friendly volunteers who will help you plan your visit and provide information about the exhibition.
Open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from March 12 through May 16. Check desertx.org for opening hours.
DX21 swag will be available soon for purchase on our website.
Merchandise will also be at our favorite local Windmill Super #1 store
463 N. Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Check Windmill Super #1 for opening hours
How do I find out where to go?
All locations are accessible by car. The Desert X app is the best way to navigate between the art installations. Drive safely, follow traffic signs, state, county and municipal laws, and rules of the road.
Where do I park?
Follow signs and park in designated areas only. Follow the law. Drivers who are not familiar with our desert roads and do not follow parking signs often get their vehicle stuck in the sand. Don’t be that driver. Desert X is not responsible for any theft or damage to visitors’ vehicles, property or towing bills.
Do I need tickets?
Timed tickets are not currently required to experience the installation. However, this may change. Visit desertx.org for the latest info.
How long will it take to visit all of the installations?
You can visit a majority of locations in a single day or break up your visit in several days.
Will you offer tours of Desert X?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, bus tours are not offered this year. Docents are available to provide information at most sites every Saturday between March 12 and May 16 from 10 a.m. to noon. We encourage you to plan your own self-guided tour of the exhibition. Guided tours for small private and corporate groups are available and require a donation to Desert X. There is limited availability and COVID-19 safety guidelines are enforced. Email: email@example.com for more information.
- Face masks and social distancing will be enforced.
- Hand sanitizer stations are available at many sites.
- Health ambassadors are present at many sites for questions.
- Desert X follows all current CDC, state, county, and city COVID-19 safety guidelines. Read more.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes as some installations are located on uneven desert landscape or gravel.
- Stay hydrated and bring plenty of water.
- Protect yourself from the sun and wind.
Leave No Trace
Desert X is committed to minimizing impact on the environment in the production of this exhibition, and asks visitors to share this commitment when visiting sites. Do not leave garbage at sites, take out anything you bring in, and stay on designated pathways. Read more about how you can help us protect the land here.
Is Desert X kid-friendly?
Yes, Desert X is for people of all ages. Pick up a free Family Guide at the Desert X Hub, located at the Ace Hotel, from March 12 to May 16. Or, you can download it from our website (available starting March 12), where additional resources for children and teachers are also available.
Are there restrooms?
There are no public restrooms at any Desert X sites.
Are pets allowed?
Desert X takes place in urban and natural outdoor public spaces, some areas and properties might restrict access to pets, please follow public guidelines regarding your pets and, keep your pets leashed, continue to follow social distancing, do not touch the artworks, and respect the environment.
Bring a camera and tag us using #desertx #dx21 #desertx2021. Follow us @_desertx
How can I learn more about the art?
Visit the website, check out our free public programs, and chat with a docent on Saturdays between March 12 and May 16 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Where should I stay overnight?
Visit the website for Desert X hotel partners (coming soon).
I want to make a donation
You can make donations at the Desert X Hub donation box or visit our Support page at desertx.org
If you have a media request please contact our Communications and Media team at Lyn Winter Inc.
Professional photography & video
Professional and commercial photography and video shootings at Desert X locations are not allowed. If you have a location request please contact our Communications and Media team at Lyn Winter Inc. to obtain the necessary approvals from Desert X and copyright holders.
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