Desert X Returns


Two years ago, Desert X took the Coachella Valley by surprise with it’s pop up art exhibits scattered across the desert. Trying to find installations randomly placed from Palm Springs to La Quinta, like the “Mirage House” and “Curves and Zig Zags” was much like a scavenger hunt!

Aerial shot of Desert X exhibit in the middle of the desert
Photo from Desert X
The Mirage House, an exhibit from Desert X
Photo from @thedarlingniki


This February Desert X, a site-specific biennial event and not for profit 501c, returns with artists from across the world creating art based on the unique, blank canvas that is the Coachella Valley. The installations will be scattered between Palm Springs and the Salton Sea from February 9 through April 21st and are free to visit!

Curves and Zig Zags exhibit from Desert X
Photo from Desert X


For those of you looking for a more curated and educational experience, a bus tour is available every Saturday and Sunday at either 9am or 2pm. The tours will be lead by a Desert X docent and will include snacks and waters. Tickets for the bus tour is $75 per person.

Young woman posing in from of Mirage House
Photo from @thedarlingniki
Young woman facing the Mirage House exhibit
Photo from @thedarlingniki


If you are planning to head out on your own to see any of the exhibits be sure to check the Desert X website for maps and directions. As a reminder, viewing these installations requires walking on uneven pavement, and not all are handicap accessible. For more information visit the Desert X website here.

Written by Nicole Bowen of The Darling Niki

Featured image by Nicole Bowen of The Darling Niki

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