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Jesus relaxing in the garden.
Yucca Valley, California

Desert Christ Park

On a barren hillside in the Yucca Valley, the slowly decaying Desert Christ Park has attracted pilgrims and kitsch hunters for over 50 years.
34.1291, -116.4395
Cabazon Dinosaurs. Dinny the Dinosaur.
Cabazon, California

Cabazon Dinosaurs

"World's biggest dinosaur" featured in Pee Wee's Big Adventure, now houses a creationist museum in its abdomen.
33.9229, -116.7743
Bombay Beach, California. (Wikimedia Commons)
Bombay Beach, California

Bombay Beach

Version of the French Riviera destroyed by the sea.
33.3506, -115.7296
A place to sit and admire the sea.
Thermal, California

Salton Sea

The ghostly remains of an accidental sea.
33.2987, -115.9561
The welcome sign
Calipatria, California

Slab City

During winter months, abandoned navy base becomes off-grid home and alternative living community for thousands of retirees.
33.2589, -115.4664
Calipatria, California

Salvation Mountain

Self-built mound covered in messages of God's love.
33.2542, -115.4727
Landers, California

Giant Rock

This seven-story giant boulder is the site of UFO conferences, Hopi spiritualists, a "rejuvenation machine" and so much more.
34.3328, -116.3887
Krblin Jihn Kabin
Joshua Tree, California

Krblin Jihn Kabin

Story of the restricted, but still evocative, world of a remarkable man in the High Desert of Southern California.
34.1471, -116.2998
Integratron, exterior
Landers, California

The Integratron

Experience a quartz crystal sound bath inside the world's only all-wood, acoustically perfect sound-chamber.
34.2932, -116.4038
Caravansary of Joy, designed by Lloyd Wright
Joshua Tree, California

Institute of Mentalphysics

Located on 420 acres in the high desert, spiritual center dedicated to the "science of the future."
34.1349, -116.3608
Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace
Pioneertown, California

Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace

Weary travelers trekking through Joshua Tree have a music-filled, booze-soaked oasis to land before continuing through the desert.
34.1566, -116.4931