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    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    by nyc10025 Written Apr 1, 2005

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    Travel 12,700 feet on a cable car from the desert to an artic/alpine mountain area almost 9,000 feet at the cable mountain station. From the top you can see Palm Springs and many of the nearby towns. There are 54 miles of hiking trails from the station but there are easy marked trails that you can spend a short time on. When we were there in March, the mountain was covered with snow and had a temperature of about 40 when the valley was at about 70. Make sure you have good walking shoes and something to wear for the colder temperature (it's always about 30 degrees colder on the mountain). The cable car holds about 60 to 80 individuals and leaves about every 10 minutes from 10 to 8 during the week and 8 to 8 on weekends. Fare is $21, $19 for seniors and discounted after 3 PM. The ride itself is quite an experience as you see the changes in the mountain as you ascend (the cable car slowly rotates). If you have a major fear of heights, you may not want to do this trip, however, if you stand in the middle of the car you don't have to look down.

    Valley from Mountain Station Snow at Top
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    Coachella Valley Preserve

    by nyc10025 Written Apr 1, 2005

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    This preserve in Thousand Palms is not very well publicized but is well worth a visit. The preserve has a one mile walking trail (fairly easy walk but has some soft sand and some wet areas so wear appropriate shoes). The trail starts at the Thousand Palms Oasis which has hundreds of closely packed large Desert Fan Palms (60 feet high with leaves over 6 feet wide). These palms have been providing food and shelter since before the last ice age. The water from this oasis and those nearby came from the San Andreas Fault which you walk across on the trail. The Fault causes underground dams that bring the water to the desert surface. At the end of the trail is a grove with a small pond surrounded by more palms. Right behind the grove are large sand dunes.

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    The Gardens

    by Yaqui Written May 15, 2009

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    One unique thing about this boulevard of shopping Mecca is the little hideaways areas. So there is so much more than what is directly on the boulevard. Now you cannot miss The Gardens on El Paseo for its lovely decorative lattice that adorns the entrance, there is more than meets the eye. It is 200, 000 square foot of trendy shopping. So many beautiful gardens with bronze sculptures, flowers, lush trees, and beautiful fountains abound in this area. So wonder around, you find other treasure lurks among the fauna.

    MAY 4, 2009 - OCTOBER 31, 2009
    Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
    Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm

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    El Paseo Art Galleries, Part I

    by atufft Written Feb 21, 2007

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    Palm Desert is a great place to appreciate and buy art. There are plenty of paintings and sculptures, and the galleries along El Paseo are more than happy to simply let you look. These galleries are world class too. Most are corporate owned with other galleries in New York, Carmel, Paris, and other places where galleries are known to locate in abundance. Normally, galleries forbid photography, so most of these shots are of the storefront through the window. But, the architecture of downtown Palm Desert is worth the walk. The images below are from Jones & Terwilliger, a Carmel based gallery that was kind enough to invite my lense. On this night, Lau Chun, a landscape painter known for his impressionistic style and use of spot tropical colors, talked to visitors. Smoked salmon, cheezes, and champagne were served for free.

    Lau Chun talks with art patrons about is style Jones and Terwilliger Gallery at Dusk Jones & Terwilliger Gallery Gallery along El Paseo Gallery along El Paseo
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    Clifford W. Henderson Memorial Bust

    by Yaqui Updated May 15, 2009

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    Clifford Henderson was a visionary who started monumental projects and brought them to fruition. Just as he built the Pasadena Winter Garden, the Pan-Pacific Auditorium and organized the National Air Races - he conceived an idea for a post-war community in the desert...and Palm Desert was born.

    Plaque reads:

    CLIFFORD W. HENDERSON
    Found of the City of Palm Desert
    Had the vision in 1946 to acquire
    This land and plan for the city
    Successful development

    This bust presented to
    Palm Desert in April 1978 by
    His friends and citizens in
    Deepest gratitude and appreciation

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    Pemtemwhaha

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Cahuilla Gardian of Hoofed Animal
    There once was a deity named Pemtemwhaha. He was powerful and respected deity who protected bighorn sheep, antelope, and deer. In the past, traditional Bird Singers would perform songs and Cahuilla shamans performed ceremonies to respect this deity.

    This is a public art program to increase the awareness of the plight of the endangered peninsular Bighorn Sheep of the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains.

    If you have not already notices, these wonderful pieces of art are located in many locations of Palms Springs and outside of Palm Springs. Look around, one might be staring you down. They are beautiful pieces of art. www.sccmuseum.org

    Located in The Gardens on El Paseo for its lovely decorative lattice that adorns the entrance, there is more than meets the eye. It is 200, 000 square foot of trendy shopping. So many beautiful gardens with bronze sculptures, flowers, lush trees, and beautiful fountains abound in this area. So wonder around, you find other treasure lurks among the fauna.

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    El Paseo Drive Artwork and Walk By Day

    by atufft Updated Dec 31, 2007

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    One of the easiest activities to enjoy is a walk along El Paseo Drive, which is a divided boulevard with stop signs at every block. Down the middle of the boulevard is a grassy divide with a large number of modern sculptures donated by the local galleries. It's worthwhile strolling here during the day in winter, but in summer is must be impossibly hot. Midway along is The Gardens, a multilevel outdoor shopping center covered by a huge brass canopy of sorts. A multilevel parking lot is in its rear.

    The R Welch Gallery, read this tip and wrote an e-mail of request to me:

    "We wanted to let you know we appreciate you highlighting our artist’s sculpture, which won the 2007/2008 El Paseo Exhibition. We were hoping you could add our website www.rewelch.com to the review. Please stop by the gallery when you are in the desert again. We would very much like to meet you."

    El Paseo Drive Street Sculpture El Paseo Street Sculpture The Gardens on El Paseo El Paseo Drive from Above El Paseo Drive Street Sculpture
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    “Birdie”

    by Yaqui Written May 16, 2009

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    This whole boulevard is art and that is not all of it. You will find it all over Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, and Palms Springs. It is amazing and I had wished I had much more time to seek it all out. I wish more communities would indulge in this public display of artistry.

    This orange sculpture is by Michael Whiting

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    Check out the Marriott Hotel

    by atufft Updated Feb 22, 2007

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    The Marriot Desert Springs Resort is an extraordinary complex of huge hotel that includes a golf course, tennis courts (15 hard, 3 clay, and 2 stadium grass courts, and 9 restaurants, but what's really extraordinary are the lakes and swimming pools. The lakes actually extend inside the main hotel building, and motor boats taken hotel patron to landing where their room building or condo is located. Walkway bridges span the lake in places to reach the island-like area where the swimming pools are located. When we were there, a guitarist and congo player were entertaining the crowd at the poolside, while the bar served drinks. I wouldn't bother to stay here myself, but one can't miss check out this opulent setting. We have friends who stayed here and were so entertained that they never took the time to check out El Paseo Drive.

    Marriott Hotel Lobby Boat Dock Marriott Hotel Lobby Marriott Hotel Artificial Lake Marriott Hotel Golf Course Marriott Hotel Swimming Pool Complex
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    “The Animals go Golfing”

    by Yaqui Written May 16, 2009

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    This whole boulevard is art and that is not all of it. You will find it all over Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, and Palms Springs. It is amazing and I had wished I had much more time to seek it all out. I wish more communities would indulge in this public display of artistry.

    This sculpture is by Mark Bulwinkle

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    “Unraveling Collagen”

    by Yaqui Written May 16, 2009

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    This whole boulevard is art and that is not all of it. You will find it all over Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, and Palms Springs. It is amazing and I had wished I had much more time to seek it all out. I wish more communities would indulge in this public display of artistry.

    This silver twining ladder sculpture is by Julian Voss-Andrea

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    “Moon River”

    by Yaqui Updated May 16, 2009

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    This whole boulevard is art and that is not all of it. You will find it all over Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, and Palms Springs. It is amazing and I had wished I had much more time to seek it all out. I wish more communities would indulge in this public display of artistry.

    This blue sculpture is by Michelle O’Michael

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    “Desert Bloom”

    by Yaqui Written May 16, 2009

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    This whole boulevard is art and that is not all of it. You will find it all over Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, and Palms Springs. It is amazing and I had wished I had much more time to seek it all out. I wish more communities would indulge in this public display of artistry.

    This stone glass sculpture is by Greg Reiche

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    “Big Bones”

    by Yaqui Written May 16, 2009

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    This whole boulevard is art and that is not all of it. You will find it all over Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, and Palms Springs. It is amazing and I had wished I had much more time to seek it all out. I wish more communities would indulge in this public display of artistry.

    This sculpture is by James Hill

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    “Ba’al & Yizbaq"

    by Yaqui Written May 16, 2009

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    This whole boulevard is art and that is not all of it. You will find it all over Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, and Palms Springs. It is amazing and I had wished I had much more time to seek it all out. I wish more communities would indulge in this public display of artistry.

    This sculpture is by Boaz Vaadia

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