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Day Trip to Joshua Tree: Pueblo Museum, Pioneertown & Noah Purifoy Foundation

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Please Note: Read all the directions below BEFORE you RSVP 'Yes' for this event.

1) I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate.

2) This is an ALL DAY event with mutiliple stops.

3) We will be carpooling from a designated area in LA at 8:30 AM SHARP.

4) If you ride with a designated driver, please give him/her $30 to compensate for gas and car maintenance.

5) Although we will have a scheduled lunch in our day trip, I recommend packing snacks and beverages for this trip. Bring about $40 to $60 for lunch and in case you decide to buy memorabilias of our trip to the desert.


We will go to Desert Hot Springs and catch the 10:30 AM tour of the museum. Admission is $11 per person.

A top attraction in the Palm Springs area, Cabot's Pueblo Museum is a Hopi-inspired pueblo that is a unique treasure in the Coachella Valley, located in the heart of Desert Hot Springs.

The structure is hand-made, created from reclaimed and found objects. The Pueblo is four-stories, 5,000 square feet and includes 35 rooms, 150 windows and 65 doors. Visitors will notice many unique features: including windows and doors collected and reassembled from abandoned homesteads, old telephone poles, buck board wagon parts and many other materials used creatively.

On the guided tour, visitors journey through the life of Cabot Yerxa and his family including artifacts collected from their adventures dating back over 100 years. Hear his story from the Dakota Territory to Mexico, Cuba, Alaska, France and throughout California & the Southwest, including the founding of Desert Hot Springs, California.

Second Stop

We will head to Pioneertown and have lunch at Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertwon Palace:

Bring about $40 in cash for your meal.

Third Stop

We will explore Pioneertown which is commonly used for filming Western movies. This place was recommended by PP member Jamie.

Looking for a bit of a wild excursion? Take Pioneertown Road 4 miles north of Yucca Valley through breathtaking canyons. You will find yourself traveling back to the old time western flavor of Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and Hopalong Cassidy. Pioneertown ( was originally built to film cowboy movies and TV shows. In more recent times, film crews have returned to make commercials against the rugged natural beauty and rustic backgrounds that still define Pioneertown. It is currently a popular music venue and draws crowds from all over southern California and visitors from as far away as New York. An evening at Pappy and Harriet’s restaurant promises to be entertaining any night of the week. Don’t be surprised if a gunfight breaks out. It’s all part of the wild, wild west.

Fourth and Final Stop

We will head to the Joshua Tree area to see an outdoor museum featuring eccenttric installations:


In 1998, Purifoy’s representative and colleague of many years, Sue A. Welsh, suggested to Purifoy the importance of preserving his outdoor desert art museum of assemblage sculpture in Joshua Tree. The following year the Noah Purifoy Foundation (NPF) was formally established as a 501© 3 non-profit private foundation. NPF’s mission is to preserve and maintain the site Noah Purifoy developed in Joshua Tree, California as a permanent cultural center and sculpture park open to the public; to promote public recognition and appreciation for the values that Noah Purifoy’s work as artist and educator has embodied; and to pursue these goals in a manner that protects Noah Purifoy’s contribution as an artist and educator.


Blair Lane, Joshua Tree, CA ( Directions: Take Yucca Mesa Rd - go north 5 miles, then east on Aberdeen St 3.5 miles, then north on Border Ave to Blair Lane. turn right. then turn right where it dead ends. then turn left at the paved road which is probably Aberdeen. then at next intersection, Center, turn left. Blair Lane appears again, first right. After turning onto Blair Lane, you will see sculptures on the left. Hours: By appt. (Call to verify) Phone: 213-382-7516

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