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Villa Anita in Death Valley

This sculpture garden in Death Valley makes you feel like you've slipped into some alternate reality.  

Villa Anita is an organically growing, livable sculpture built from recycled materials packed full of fine furniture and a resident artist whose work tackles pressing social issues. The space is a labyrinth of carefully arranged living areas, sculptures, gardens, and lounging areas that make you feel like you’ve slipped into some alternate reality.  

Believe it or not, interesting spaces like this are kind of the norm for remote areas in this region, Salvation Mountain to the south, Thunder Mountain Monument to the north, but with Villa Anita, you get to see it as it becomes and speak directly with the artists, Carlo Roncancio and David Aaron Smith.  You get to hear their stories, see their vision for the future, and strike up an appetite for other similar sites that dot the Mojave landscape.    

Know Before You Go

It's situated between L.A., San Francisco, and Las Vegas. It's closest to Vegas (only 80 miles) but you'll still need your own vehicle to get there. You can book a stay with them in one of their spectacularly creative rooms on AirBnB, Google: Villa Anita Death Valley. Or you can send them an e-mail or call them if you want to book a tour, but calling is better. Tours are $20 a person and include a beverage of your choice. villaanitadv@gmail.com 760-852-4595.