The Desert X 2023 exhibition is free and open to all. Below is a range of resources and FAQ to make your visit safe, and inspiring.
Visit the Desert X Hub
Maps and programs are available at the Desert X Hub at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs.
The Desert X Hub is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday now through May 7. Hours of operation are below.
Fridays 1:30 – 5:00 pm
Saturdays & Sundays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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.
Trained Desert X docents are available at most sites every Saturday between March 4 and May 7, from 10 am to noon. Docents are eager to share their knowledge about artists and the stories behind each Desert X installation.
How to experience Desert X?
Desert X is an exhibition 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 from one year to another, 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. Learn more about Desert X here.
The next exhibition is open March 4 – May 7, 2023.
At sites across the Coachella Valley, CA.
The entire exhibition is free thanks to generous contributions from donors, foundations, and sponsors. If you would like to make a donation please visit Donate in our website’s top menu.
Visiting hours for the installations are usually sunrise to sunset Monday through Sunday, unless otherwise noted.
Art locations & maps
The locations for the art installations can be found here.
Desert X art installations are meant to be experienced from a variety of perspectives and points of view. During the exhibition, 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.
To purchase Desert X merch, please visit Windmill City online store.
Or stop by Windmill Super #1 store
463 N. Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
How do I find out where to go?
The Desert X app is available for download for both iOS and Android phones and contains the map of the exhibition and the list of installations.
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?
Desert X is free. Timed tickets are required for Lauren Bon’s installation, The Smallest Sea With the Largest Heart. Please visit the installation page for more information and a link to reserve tickets.
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.
Do you offer tours of Desert X?
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. More information on VIP experiences is available here.
- 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.
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, do not touch the artworks, and respect the environment.
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How can I learn more about the art?
Visit the website, check out our free public programs.
Where should I stay overnight?
The list of Desert X hotel partners is availble here.
I want to make a donation
Visit our donation page or send us a check at Desert X P.O. Box 4050, Palm Springs, CA 92263.
I want to volunteer
Volunteers are vital to Desert X and provide needed skills and expertise in a variety of meaningful roles based on interests and experience. If you are interested in learning more click here.
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 shoots at Desert X locations are not allowed. In rare instances, permission will be granted to sponsors after obtaining necessary approvals from Desert X and other copyright holders. To file a request email email@example.com
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