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Desert Canvas: Art of Joshua Tree and the Mojave

from $860 USD per person for 3 days, 2 nights
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  • 8 People Maximum
  • Moderate Activity Level
  • Communities Up Close
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Trip Overview

Artists, philosophers, and people from all walks of life have sought refuge, clarity, change, or perhaps simply broader horizons here in the Joshua Tree region. Together, we’ll traverse the legendary landscape that’s supported creative endeavors both contemporary and historical—visiting colorful man-made mountains, glimpsing mysteriously marked rocks, and experiencing the magic of the desert along the way.

  • An outdoor sculpture museum
  • An artist who lives an experiment
  • Enigmatic rock poetry


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Trip Leader

Bernard Leibov
Bernard Leibov is the founder and director of BoxoPROJECTS, a residency and programming initiative based in Joshua Tree. Prior to moving to California, Bernard was the deputy director of Judd Foundation, New York and Marfa. He also operated a nontraditional gallery space in New York that featured artists from Joshua Tree and other non-urban areas. Bernard is a passionate proponent of cultural life in the SoCal Desert and also leads cultural expeditions in the Joshua Tree area.

Additional Info


The cost of this trip is $860, based on double occupancy.

Arrival & Departure

Our trip begins in the afternoon on Day 1. We recommend you arrive in Joshua Tree by 12 p.m. so you can settle into your accommodations before meeting our guide and group. Our trip concludes in the morning on Day 3. If leaving Joshua Tree directly after our trip, feel free to leave any time before check out at 11 a.m. 

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room: You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $150. After booking your trip, please request a single room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll send a separate invoice for the cost.

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable hiking up to three miles in the National Park, climbing stairs, and remaining on their feet for long periods of time.

  • Two breakfasts, one lunch, and two dinners.
  • An experienced local guide to accompany you throughout the trip.
  • Accommodations in a characterful and comfortable airstream trailer camp
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura fans, excited to explore all that the SoCal desert region  has to offer!
  • Transportation to and from Sunlight Ranch
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
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Trip FAQ

Desert weather is full of contrasts. Winter temperatures can hit freezing at night with highs of 75° F, and spring highs can reach into the 90’s during the day.

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