POS 02 — Classic California Desert Road Trip
Leave the lights of Las Vegas behind to cruise the California desert. Prepare yourself for endless sunshine, amazing sights and incredible natural treasures as you explore off-the-beaten-path locations.
You’ll take a jaunt down historic Route 66 to Amboy Crater, an extinct North American lava cone that rises above a 27-square-mile lava field, and explore Joshua Tree National Park where two deserts meet: the Mojave and the Colorado. Nearby you’ll visit Pioneertown, where early Western movies and television shows were filmed including The Cisco Kid, and 29 Palms, famous for its mural depicting the town’s history and people.
There’s more art to be seen in the high desert at Purifoy’s Outdoor Desert Art museum, 7.5 acres of open land displaying Purifoy’s ‘found’ art sculptures. Next it’s down to the low desert where you’ll go behind the scenes of a working a wind farm and learn about sustainable energy flowing or (blowing) in the Coachella Valley. In Palm Springs you’ll head upward again, this time more than 8,500 feet about the desert floor on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the world’s largest rotating tramcar—be ready for the 30-degree drop in temperature! You’ll have a chance to discover the lesser known arts and culture of Greater Palm Springs while perusing the Coachella Murals, the longest mural in Southern California, and taking in the unique public street art and gallery tour. And you’ll see one of the largest natural palm oases in North America as you explore Indian Canyons, the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.
Cost: $315 Actives; $385 Associates; $420 Alumni, Spouses (maximum: 6)
Note: Transportation to the Palm Springs area following the core convention is included. This tour ends at the Palm Springs airport; participants are responsible for arranging flights home from PSP after 12:00 noon on Oct. 12.