California Desert

Find California Desert activities, entertainment, towns, wineries, things to do, points of interest, hotels, restaurants and more. The California Desert offers visitors many recreational activities and natural wonders, from the barren lands of Death Valley to the lush green golf courses in Palm Springs. The desert can be a brutal place of survival with a surprising amount of life. Many visitors come in the Spring to witness the 'Desert in Bloom' when the dry, desolate landscape explodes with wildflowers and butterflies. Others come for off-roading on the thousands of miles of dirt roads or giant sand dunes of Glamis or Dumont. Summer is understandably the 'off-season' when daytime temperatures can hover over 100 degrees and even 130's in some parts of Death Valley.

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National Parks

Death Valley Salt Pools

Death Valley National Park is the hottest, driest and lowest point in the United States and can reach temperatures over 120 degrees in the summer. Sightseeing, photography, road & mountain biking, off-roading, hiking, and camping are the major activities to be enjoyed in Death Valley. Spring is the best season to see this park for its 'desert in bloom'. MORE DETAILS

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is named after its plentiful desert plants that stand 10' to 20' tall. Sightseeing, road & mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing and camping are the major activities to be enjoyed in Joshua Tree. A half-day trip from Palm Springs through the park is definitely doable including stops at sites. MORE DETAILS

Manzanar Internment Camp

Manzanar State Historic Park was the site of a World War II relocation camp for citizens of Japanese descent. Little remains of the original camp. A museum contains artifacts left behind and historical facts and documents about the camp. MORE DETAILS

State Parks

Red Rock State Park features scenic desert cliffs, buttes and spectacular rock formations with marbled colors of red. MORE DETAILS

Providence Mountains State Recreation Area offers off-roading and Mitchell Caverns. There is plenty of room for hiking, exploring and off-roading at this park. MORE DETAILS

Salton Sea is a huge, inland lake that formed as the result of a dam breakage in 1905. Activities include camping, boating, hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing. MORE DETAILS

Anza-Borrego State Park is popular for wildlife viewing and a playground for off-roaders with the Octotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area and Borrego Badlands within its boundaries. MORE DETAILS

Amusement Parks

Soak City Palm Springs

Wet 'n Wild Water Park is located in Palm Springs and features water rides like Pipeline Point, Surfrider Rapids and Rip Tide Reef. MORE DETAILS


Living Desert Zoo

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens - photo courtesy of Bert Buxbaum

The Living Desert Zoo is a moderate-sized zoo and gardens featuring desert dwelling plants and animals from around the world. Succulents, cacti and drought tolerant plants are intermingled with aviaries throughout the gardens. Local species of wildlife including coyote, rattlesnakes and eagles are on display with animals from other desert regions including giraffes, ostriches, leopards and more. MORE DETAILS

Things To Do

The Palm Springs Tram climbs two and a half miles from the desert floor at 2,600 feet to over 8,500 feet in under 30 minutes. At the top is a restaurant offering views of the desert community of Palm Springs and a winter adventure center for snow shoeing and cross-country skiing. MORE DETAILS

Jeep Tours are available in a variety of group tours and activities including jeep eco-tours. Navigate back roads and canyons where no other vehicle can. View the wildlife and fauna in its natural surroundings. MORE DETAILS

Soar above the California desert in vibrant colored hot air balloons. Take in the views of vineyards, polo fields, world famous golf courses, exotic orchards and Southern California's tallest mountain peaks. MORE DETAILS

Soar above the Anza-Borrego Desert in wind propelled gliders with Sky Sailing. Gliders are towed to high altitudes by a motorized plane and released to ride the natural wind currents. MORE DETAILS

There are hundreds of public and private golf courses throughout the desert region. Be able to say you've golfed at the lowest golf course in North America in Death Valley, or tee-off one of many PGA approved courses in Palm Springs that also host professional tours. Lessons are readily available for those looking to try it for the first time or improve their technique. MORE DETAILS

Campgrounds are available throughout the Desert region. Relax and get closer to nature with your own tent and sleeping bag. Roast marshmallows over an open fire after a day of hiking and sightseeing. MORE DETAILS

Horseback Riding is available at all of the popular desert destinations. Ride through the hills surrounding Furnace Creek in Death Valley, through canyons and oasis' surrounding Palm Springs, or through the badlands of Borrego Springs. Multiple riding adventures are available at several times throughout the day. Rides range from 1 to over 4-hours. MORE DETAILS

Lake Havasu offers houseboating, speed boating, water skiing, fishing, sunbathing and people watching as the main attractions. The actual 'London Bridge' was moved here and rebuilt in Lake Havasu City. This is a very popular destination for college students and partiers during the Spring and Summer breaks. MORE DETAILS

Imperial Dunes is also known as 'Glamis'. Dune buggies, dirt bikes and ATVs converge on the dunes by the thousands during the Spring and Fall to take advantage of nearly 120,000 acres of sand dunes. MORE DETAILS

Off-roading areas in the California Desert include State Vehicular Recreation Areas (SVRA) and areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Challenge your dirt bike skills in a desert wash at Spangler Hills or explore the back roads of Joshua Tree National Park in a 4x4. MORE DETAILS


The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Tree is situated in an ancient forest dating back over 4,000 years. These trees are not the giants you would expect but much shorter, denser and gnarled by wind specimens. They are the oldest living things on Earth. MORE DETAILS

Alabama Hills is a beautiful rock upwelling landscape that has been worn by centuries of severe weather conditions. Many old Westerns, TV commercials and videos were filmed here. MORE DETAILS

Cerro Gordo Ghost Town

Cerro Gordo Ghost Town is considered to be the one of the best "authentic" ghost towns in California. In the late 1860's Cerro Gordo was a silver mining boom town that competed with the Comstock Mine of Virginia City. Visitors are welcome to stay at original structures on the premise to further explore the town. The original hotel serves meals and home-brewed root beer to visitors. MORE DETAILS

Edwards Air Force Base is where the NASA Space Shuttle used to make its landings when Cape Canaveral was unavailable. Edwards has deep roots in aviation history. For decades, this is the testing ground for new military aircraft. Stop by the Air Force Flight Test Museum or take a public tour. MORE DETAILS

Calico Ghost Town features the remnants of an actual town and silver mine abandoned many years back and now a tourist attraction. This town was the inspiration for Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park. MORE DETAILS

Hadley's Fruit Stand

Hadley's fruit stand is famous for its date shakes. It's practically a tradition among Californians to stop here when passing through the desert. MORE DETAILS

Shields Date Garden is located off Highway 111 near Jefferson Street in Indio. Enjoy one of their famous date shakes, shop the many date-oriented products, or watch a video about dates in their on-site theater. MORE DETAILS

Palm Springs is California's desert oasis. There are multiple five star hotels, world-renowned golf courses, high-end shopping and entertainment. MORE DETAILS

Visit interesting desert museums including art museums, a children's museum, railroad museum, paleontology museum, General Patton's museum and more. MORE DETAILS

Tahquitz Canyon is a desert oasis of palm trees and sycamores tucked into a narrow canyon. Follow Tahquitz Creek until it ends at Tahquitz Waterfall and a refreshing freshwater pool. MORE DETAILS

Indian Canyons are comprised of several lush canyons including Palm Canyon, Murray Canyon and Andreas Canyon which offer visitors a glimpse at a real desert oasis. Canyon trails are up to 15 miles in length. MORE DETAILS

Palm Springs Air Museum

The Palm Springs Air Museum pays tribute to the men and women that fought in war, particularly WWII. It has one of the largest collections of WWII warplanes and artifacts in the world. In addition, many modern-day fighters and bombers are on display. MORE DETAILS

Head deep into limestone caverns at Mitchell Caverns off Highway 40 or explore the Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves in the Anza-Borrego Desert.  MORE DETAILS


The Amargosa Opera House is an historic theater that was revived in the late 60's from an almost certain fate of decay & ruin by an ambitious and inspired dancer & actress. Today, Marta Becket performs theater, song and dance on Saturday nights and Sunday matinees. She spent four years painting the inside of the theater with a 17th-century audience for the early days when she sometimes had no real audience, but these days it's a packed house. MORE DETAILS

Try your luck at one of many Indian Casinos in the region. Indian Casinos offer slots, bingo and table games like Blackjack, Poker, Baccarat, Pai Gow, Spanish 21 and more. Many Indian Casinos also feature live entertainment, restaurants and resort hotels. MORE DETAILS

The Annenberg Theatre features performances of ballet, classical music and theatrical plays. The theater is located in the Palm Springs Art Museum in beautiful downtown Palm Springs. MORE DETAILS

Palm Canyon Theatre is located off Interstate 10 and Indian Canyon Drive. Situated in downtown Palm Springs, this small 220-seat venue features theatrical productions year round. MORE DETAILS

McCallum Theatre is a large music venue that has hosts world-class artists that have included Tony Bennett, Sheryl Crow, the St. Petersburg State Ice Ballet, the New York City Opera Company, Ray Charles and more. MORE DETAILS

The Plaza Theatre

The Plaza Theatre is the center point of activity in downtown Palm Springs. This historic theater hosts the Palm Springs International Film Festival awards ceremony each year in January. MORE DETAILS


Barstow Outlets are a collection of over 70 outlet stores like Calvin Klein, Geoffrey Beene, OshKosh B'Gosh, Levi's, Van Heusen Direct and more. MORE DETAILS

The Gardens on El Paseo

The Gardens on El Paseo feature several blocks of shopping reminiscent of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. High-end shops and restaurants line the streets. Semi-secret gardens are nestled between shops. MORE DETAILS

Palm Canyon Drive is situated in beautiful downtown Palm Springs, the very heart of the city of Palm Springs. Nearly 300 businesses including shops, galleries, and restaurants stay open late during the weekly Villagefest event. MORE DETAILS

The River is an outdoor mall with shops, top restaurant chains and entertainment like movies and live music. MORE DETAILS

Palm Springs Mall is a traditional indoor mall conveniently located between the Palm Springs Airport and downtown. Many of the typical mall chain stores can be found here. MORE DETAILS

Westfield Palm Desert is a traditional indoor mall with nearly 200 stores and restaurants. MORE DETAILS

Desert Hills Premium Outlets are a collection of nearly 150 outlet stores like Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Polo Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent and more. MORE DETAILS

Cabazon Outlets are situated adjacent to the Desert Hills Premium Outlets and offers additional outlet stores. MORE DETAILS



Stovepipe Wells Village is located off Highway 190 in the center of Death Valley. Stovepipe Wells Village offers a modern hotel, restaurant, saloon, general store, gift shop, campgrounds and RV park & dump station. MORE DETAILS

The Furnace Creek Inn - photo courtesy of the Furnace Creek Inn

Furnace Creek Resort is located off Highway 190 in the heart of Death Valley National Park. Furnace Creek Resort consists of an Inn and a Ranch. The Inn is more luxurious and only accepts guests in the cooler months between October to May. The Ranch accepts guests year round and includes a Visitor Center, post office, golf course, horseback riding stables, general store & gift shop, restaurants, service station, museum, campground and more. MORE DETAILS

Parchers Resort is located approximately 12 miles southeast of Bishop off Highway 168 (Line Street) & South Lake Road. Situated in the High Sierras adjacent to South Lake and horseback riding stables. Seventeen housekeeping cabins and five full RV hookups. MORE DETAILS

Dow Villa Motel is located on Highway 395 (Main Street) just south of Whitney Portal Road. Be a part of movie-making history and stay at the hotel that once accommodated big name celebrities Western movies. The Dow is today split into two portions; the original historic hotel and the newer, AAA 3-diamond rated motel. MORE DETAILS

Casino Morongo

Casino Morongo is located off Interstate 10 just a few miles west of Palm Springs in Cabazon. This Indian casino & resort offers a four-star hotel, restaurant, bar & grill, entertainment club, upscale bowling alley and more. MORE DETAILS

Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel is located off Highway 111 near downtown Palm Springs. This luxury hotel offers amenities like a restaurant, lounge, day spa, fitness center, swimming pool with cabanas, hot tub, kid's pool & sandbox, outdoor patio with fire pits and more. Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel is a pet-friendly hotel. MORE DETAILS

Parker Palm Springs is located southeast of downtown Palm Springs off Palm Canyon Drive. This chic luxury hotel offers many upscale amenities like a family swimming pool, adult swimming pool, indoor swimming pool, hot tubs, day spa, restaurant, café, bar, croquet lawn, clay tennis courts, pentanque court, boutique shop and more. MORE DETAILS

Riviera Palm Springs is located north of downtown Palm Springs off Indian Canyon Drive. This historic luxury hotel offers many upscale amenities including several swimming pools & hot tubs, pool bars, a business center, lounge, day spa, fitness center, boutique shop, tennis courts, bike rentals, WiFi, daily newspaper and more. MORE DETAILS

Quality Inn Palm Springs is located southeast of downtown Palm Springs off Palm Canyon Drive. This is a great choice for a cheap hotel in Palm Springs. Quality Inn Palm Springs is a pet-friendly hotel. MORE DETAILS

Korakia Palm Springs is located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. This historic Mediterranean-style bed and breakfast Inn offers modern-day luxury with old-world romance. Korakia Palm Springs is all about relaxation and rejuvenation. MORE DETAILS

Las Palmas Palm Springs is located near the intersection of Highway 111 and Bob Hope Drive. This luxury resort offers many upscale amenities including a restaurant, café, grill, bar, day spa, fitness center, swimming pool, spa pool, hot tubs, kid's water park, 3 golf courses, gift shops, 25 tennis courts and more. Las Palmas Palm Springs is a pet-friendly hotel. MORE DETAILS

Spa Resort Casino is located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs off Indian Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way. This Indian casino & resort offers multiple dining options and an adjacent hotel & spa. MORE DETAILS

Palm Canyon Resort Palm Springs is located south of downtown Palm Springs on Palm Canyon Drive. Tucked away in the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains, this family resort has plenty of activities for adults and children including a swimming pool with water slides, in-cave hot tub, pool-side bar, game room, fitness center, indoor air-conditioned basketball & volleyball courts, billiards, coffee shop, day spa and more. MORE DETAILS

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. This chic luxury hotel is all about the music where you can have a Fender guitar delivered to your room, create a personalized play list from the hotel library and find live music performances on a regular basis. MORE DETAILS

Avalon Hotel Palm Springs is located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. Formerly the Viceroy Palm Springs, this chic luxury hotel offers many upscale amenities like 3 swimming pools with cabanas, large hot tubs, a restaurant, day spa, fitness center, Champagne welcome, WiFi, concierge, loaner bikes and more. Avalon Hotel Palm Springs is a pet-friendly hotel. MORE DETAILS

Agua Caliente Casino is located off Interstate 10 and the Bob Hope Drive exit in Rancho Mirage. This Indian casino & resort offers a hotel, restaurant, bar & grill, buffet and pool. MORE DETAILS

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort is located off Interstate 10 at the Cook Street exit. The highlight of this golf resort is a gondola that waits inside the lobby to ferry guests across a lagoon to hotel restaurants and pools. MORE DETAILS

La Quinta Resort's Professional Tennis Arena

La Quinta Resort is located off Interstate 10 south on Washington Street. This historic resort has served as the playground of the rich & famous since 1926. This gorgeous resort is reminiscent of a Spanish mission with towering bell towers, garden courtyards, fountains and adobe casitas. The all-inclusive resort features several restaurants, spas and shops. Nine golf courses surround the resort offering over 150 holes. A professional tennis arena is included with 22 other courts giving reason why it has been repeatedly voted a top-ten tennis resort for the nation. A plethora of pools are located among hundreds of villas, casitas, suites and vacation homes. MORE DETAILS

Fantasy Springs Resort is located off Interstate 10 just a few miles east of Palm Springs in Indio. This Indian casino & resort offers accommodations, restaurants, gambling and entertainment. MORE DETAILS

Borrego Springs Resort is located northeast of San Diego in the Anza-Borrego Desert. This is a full-service resort with restaurants, tennis courts, pools, hot tubs, a golf course, fitness center and much more. MORE DETAILS

Borrego Valley Inn is located northeast of San Diego in the Anza-Borrego Desert. This adobe Inn offers 15 guest rooms, two pools, a hot tub and continental breakfast. MORE DETAILS

There are a few hostels situated throughout the California Desert including Bishop, Tecopa and Palm Springs. These are low cost alternatives to hotels and often require dorm-style living. MORE DETAILS


Furnace Creek Inn is located in the heart of Death Valley National Park. Several eateries are available including a restaurant, steakhouse, café, buffet, saloon and veranda that caters to golfers. MORE DETAILS

The Mad Greek is situated off Interstate 15 only an hour from Las Vegas. It's the only fast food Greek food in the middle of the Mojave Desert.  MORE DETAILS

The Palm Springs Tram is located at the top of a 8,000 foot peak accessible by aerial tram. The tram base is located on Tramway Road off Highway 111, near Interstate 10. Dine at the top of Southern California's second highest peak with panoramic views of the entire Palm Springs basin. Three dining options are available including a Restaurant, café and Lounge. MORE DETAILS

Wang's in the Desert is located in downtown Palm Springs near the intersection of Ramon and Indian Canyon. They specialize in Pan Asian cuisine and feature and indoor pond and outdoor patio. MORE DETAILS

Native Foods is located near the intersection of Palm Canyon and Sunrise in Palm Springs and in Palm Desert at El Paseo and Lupine. This is a vegan restaurant. MORE DETAILS

Picanha is located on Highway 111 in between Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage. This Brazilian barbecue restaurant features an elegant dining atmosphere. MORE DETAILS

Kobe Japanese Restaurant

Kobe is situated in the middle of the Palm Springs region off Highway 111. You can't miss it from the road. This is an authentic looking Japanese restaurant. Blue-tiled roofs sweep down to beautifully manicured Japanese gardens, complete with a koi pond bridges and statuary. Meals are served teppan-style, which means it is cooked on large hot griddles in front of the guests. The chef's are highly skilled with knives and put on a show while preparing the meals. MORE DETAILS

Babes at The River

The River is a large shopping, dining and entertainment center nestled among beautiful streams, waterfalls, fountains and lake. Many popular chain restaurants are situated over and surrounding the lake including P.F.Chang's China Bistro, Flemming's Prime Steakhouse, Cheesecake Factory, Babes Bar-B-Que & Brewery and Yardhouse. MORE DETAILS

Fisherman's Market & Grill has three locations throughout the Palm Springs region. This laid-back seafood restaurant offers some of the freshest seafood in the desert and you have the choice of taking it with you to prepare yourself, or have them cook it for you. They've been voted #1 seafood restaurant at all locations. No frills atmosphere where you order at the counter and the food is brought to your table. MORE DETAILS

Armando's Bar & Grill

Armando's Bar & Grill is located in the very upscale shopping region known as El Paseo and The Gardens. Armando's is very popular Mexican restaurant with the locals and serves some of the best Mexican food in the region. Their margaritas are a great way to cool off in the unrelenting desert heat. MORE DETAILS

Hog's Breath Inn is located in the small and quaint Old Town La Quinta. Also known as 'The Desert Hog', this restaurant features an Old West ambiance with Clint Eastwood memorabilia throughout, including murals and pictures from Eastwood's early days on Rawhide to Spaghetti Westerns and Dirty Harry. MORE DETAILS

Arches @ Borrego Springs Resort is located northeast of Julian off Highway 78 in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. They offer American-Southwest fare in a fine dining atmosphere overlooking a golf course. Outdoor dining is available under an arched patio. Or try Fireside Lounge for cocktails and appetizers near a roaring fire. MORE DETAILS



Palm Springs Airport is located off Highway 111 and Ramon Road. MORE DETAILS

Traffic & Transportation

Highway 395 south of Bishop

Highway 395 runs north & south and accesses the northernmost desert regions like Death Valley. It can be crowded in the winter months with skiers/boarders from the L.A. basin, especially on the weekends. Both Highway 14 and Interstate 395 are treacherous two-lane roads for a 50-mile stretch south of Inyokern.

Interstate 15 runs from the south to the northeast and connects San Diego County with Las Vegas, Nevada and beyond. It can be very crowded on Friday nights heading toward Las Vegas and Sunday afternoons heading southwest from Las Vegas.

Interstate 40 runs east and west from Barstow to northern Lake Havasu and beyond into Arizona. It is prone to heavier traffic during 'Spring Break' (March to April).

Interstate 10 in Palm Springs

Interstate 10 runs east and west from Santa Monica to Blythe on the Arizona border and beyond. Traffic is only an issue west of Palm Springs where commuters travel from the Inland Empire into the Los Angeles basin for work. Be aware of rush hours during the week.

Highways 111 & 86 run north and south from Palm Springs to El Centro and beyond into Mexico. Traffic is not an issue but can be busier during off-road opening weekend in Glamis. These are mostly two-lane highways.

Highway 79 runs east and west from Oceanside to Blythe. This mostly two-lane road has many differences from stop and go traffic through the towns to the west, to the twisting mountain road through Julian and the long stretch of desert beyond. Traffic is only an issue through the towns in San Diego County and during off-road opening weekend in Glamis.

Interstate 8 runs east and west from San Diego to Yuma, Arizona. Traffic is only an issue in San Diego County and during off-roading opening weekend in Glamis.

Public transportation is good in the Palm Springs region and fair in the Barstow, Mojave and Imperial Valley regions.

See our resources page for links to Rental Car agencies, Amtrak Train and Greyhound Bus. Any areas not accessible by train are usually accessible by Greyhound bus transfer.


Weather from Death Valley to Palm Springs including Joshua Tree, Salton Sea, Anza-Borrego and more.

Winter brings average lows in the 30's and highs in the 60's. Heavy rains, thunderstorms and flash flooding are common. Light snow is a rare occurrence in the high desert regions.

Spring brings average lows in the 70's and highs in the 90's. Occasional thunderstorms with flash flooding.

Summer brings average lows in the 90's and highs in the 120's. Thunderstorms are a rare occurrence.

Fall brings average lows in the 50's and highs in the 70's. Thunderstorms increasing with hail and heavy flash flooding.

NOTE: See our TIPS page for desert precautions.

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Palm Springs Walk of Fame

The Palm Springs International Film Festival showcases independent films at several Palm Springs area theaters. The awards ceremony is held at the historic Plaza Theatre in downtown Palm Springs. WEBSITE

The National Date Festival is held at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio. This annual celebration pays tribute to the area's Arabian heritage. Celebrate the date fruit and see events like Ostrich & Camel racing, hypnotist shows, live music and more. This event also features carnival games and rides. WEBSITE

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See the Blue Angels in their hometown of El Centro. The El Centro Air Show showcases modern-day warbirds such as B-1 bombers, Stealth Fighters, A-10 Warthogs, Apache helicopters and more on display on the ground and air. Show finale features the Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron. WEBSITE

Wildflower Viewing is best in early Spring when the normally stark desert explodes with color. Many varieties including poppies, lupine, cream cups, ocotillo and more combine to create perfect photo opportunities. Popular wildflower viewing regions include Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, Anza-Borrego State Park and Joshua Tree & Death Valley National Parks.

Coachella Music & Art Festival is held at the Polo fields in Coachella. This massive event features two days of top alternative bands on multiple stages. This event is so large and yet so remote, they offer on-site camping and Amtrak schedules a temporary stop at the Polo fields the week of the event. WEBSITE

Stagecoach Festival is held at the Polo fields in Coachella. This massive event features two days of top country bands on multiple stages. This event is so large and yet so remote, they offer on-site camping and Amtrak schedules a temporary stop at the Polo fields the week of the event. WEBSITE

California Poppy Festival takes place in Lancaster City Park. Event coincides the blooming of the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve and features food, dancing, crafts and entertainment. Entertainment includes live bands, magicians, salsa dancers, Japanese swordsmen and more. WEBSITE

Bishop Mule Days is the region's largest annual event held every Memorial Day weekend as backcountry mule and horse packers celebrate the opening of the summer packing season. World's largest non-motorized parade, events include rodeo-style packing competitions, concerts, crafts fair and more. WEBSITE

Lone Pine Film Festival celebrates the long history between Lone Pine and the Hollywood motion picture industry. Over 400 films have been shot in the Lone Pine region since the 1920's. Festivities include movie showings, concerts, film location tours, dinners and more. WEBSITE

Indio Tamale Festival is held in Indio and features an endless variety of tamales. Entertainment includes live music, mariachis, carnival rides and games, a tamale eating contest and more. WEBSITE

Calico Ghost Town hosts several events throughout the year including Civil War reenactments, celebrations of California's gold mining days, a Ghost Haunt, and more. Calico is an actual abandoned mining town that's been a popular attraction for many years. WEBSITE

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