Barker Dam, is a water-storage facility located in Joshua Tree National Park in California. The dam was constructed by early cattlemen, including CO Barker, in 1900. It was raised in 1949 by rancher William F. Keys. It is situated between Queen Valley and the Wonderland of Rocks near the Wall Street Mill. It is a gathering place for desert wildlife, including many species of birds and Desert Bighorn Sheep.
Visitors can reach the Barker Dam via a short trail from a nearby parking lot and can see Native American petroglyphs a short distance to the west. There is also good bouldering on side trails near the dam. The park offers a Barker Dam Nature Hike led by a ranger.
The lowest 9 feet (2.7 m) of the dam, the original portion, was constructed of concrete surfaced with stone on the downstream side. The height of the dam was raised an additional six feet with concrete in 1949–1950. The dam has several indentations. An inscription at top reads: Big Horn Dam Built by Willis Keys, W.F. Keyes, Phyllis M. Keys, 1949–1950.
The start of the trail is well marked, and if you are driving in your car, there are signs around the park that will direct you to the area where the trailhead starts. There is also a large parking lot by the trailhead and this area is busier if you come on a weekend, as it is one of the most well known and family-friendly hikes in the park.
The trail itself is less than a mile and half round trip, and it is a loop so that you never see the same thing twice. As soon as you get out of your car and start the trail, you immediately enter into an area with large rocks surrounding you on both sides.
The trail winds around for a little bit before dropping you out in a wide open area that makes up Barker Dam. The Barker Dam itself was really cool, primarily because it was so old and was still in working condition. I also enjoyed seeing the sign right at the top of the dam that was carved in the concrete from the brothers that helped build it.
DIRECTIONS: Turn east off Park Boulevard on Barker Dam Road towards Hidden Valley Campground. The turnoff is located 9 miles south of the west entrance station and 1.6 miles north of the intersection with Keys View Road. Continue on the paved road for 2.8 miles to a large parking area.
For current park conditions
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The 25th Annual Palm Springs International ShortFest boasts up-and-coming filmmakers featuring their finest flicks. Presented by the Palm Springs International Film Society, this event is the largest film festival of its kind in North America. Each year, approximately 325 short films are selected from over 4,200 submissions to be screened at the Camelot Theatre in the Oscar® and BAFTA®-qualifying festival, with over 100 of the past winners advancing to be nominated or even win Academy Awards.
Each screening will feature 4-10 short films, all curated and blocked together to cover a central theme. In addition to the film screenings, the festival features a ShortFest Forum with panel sessions, master classes, and roundtables boasting working industry professionals sharing their insights into the film industry and tackling the latest trends in the business, as well as provide networking opportunities.
A highly competitive festival, ShortFest receives 5,000± submissions from over 100 countries around the globe. Approximately 325 shorts are selected and screened in 90-minute themed programs, with many of the remaining titles available for viewing in the Market. An Oscar®, BAFTA® and Los Premios Goya-qualifying festival, ShortFest has presented more than 100 shorts that have gone on to receive Oscar® nominations and/or awards.
With hundreds of filmmakers and industry professionals in attendance and an audience of 22,000 avid filmgoers, ShortFest is defined by a decidedly casual atmosphere and a taste for the unconventional. It’s not what you might expect to find in Palm Springs in June.
Running June 18-24, the 25th Annual Palm Springs International ShortFest is an excellent appetizer until the Palm Springs International Film Festival returns in January 2020. For more information, including a list of events, tickets, and more, visit the ShortFest website.
Tuesday, June 18 | Film screenings begin | Opening Night
Tuesday, June 18-Sunday, June 23 | Film Screenings
Thursday, June 20-Saturday, June 22 | Forum
Sunday, June 23 | Closing Night
Monday, June 24 | Best of Fest
*New this year, film screenings will begin the afternoon of Tuesday, June 18! More programs = more films!
Each summer, 123 Farm at Highland Springs Ranch & Inn celebrates the beginning of lavender harvest season by hosting the annual Lavender Festival. Visitors of all ages are invited to stroll through the winding paths of organic lavender fields, participate in guided tours in horse-drawn hay wagons, learn how lavender essential oil is extracted, taste lavender-inspired dishes and enjoy live music.
The organic herbs are featured prominently throughout the family-friendly festival through various refreshing lavender-inspired favorites such as lavender lemonade and lavender ice cream. The organic marketplace showcases specialty items many of them made with lavender as, for example, honey, balsamic vinegar, essential oils, fresh bouquets, plants and even lavender-stuffed toys.
Feel free to wander the 20 acres of organic lavender fields and view the sample garden which is the home of more than 90 varieties of lavender. We grow primarily three varieties of lavender – Provence, Angustifolia & Munstead – which are used in aromatherapy products, for floral arrangements and in the kitchen. Remember to bring your camera and feel free to take as many photos as you like, but please do not pick the lavender.
Guided tours on a horse-drawn wagon or antique tractor meander past one of the lavender fields as far as the thousand-year-old oak tree and back. Tours last approximately 15 minutes during which your guide will present information about the history of Highland Springs Ranch & Inn and current preservation efforts.
Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week 2019
Various Restaurants Throughout the Valley
May 31 – June 19, 2019
Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week® is a 10-day dining event at restaurants throughout the Coachella Valley. More than 100 participating new and local favorites are offering specially priced menus for Restaurant Week 2019.
No passes, tickets or coupons are required…diners simply dine out at participating restaurants throughout the event. Make a reservation on our website or call the restaurant directly. Due to the popularity of this event, advance reservations are strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.
Palm Springs Air Museum Memorial Day Flower Drop & Air Fair
May 27 All Day, Flower Drop at 1:00 p.m.
Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs Air Museum honors our fallen US soldiers each year with a fly-by and flower drop of over 3,000 red and white carnations from B-25 Mitchell Bomber. Followed by Flight Exhibitions and fun activities for the whole family.
Lavender Harvest Festival in Cherry Valley
May 24 through June 20, 2019
Highland Springs Ranch and Inn.
Celebrate the beginning of Lavender Harvest Season. Wander the 20 acres of organic lavender fields and garden with more than 90 varieties of lavender. Remember to Bring Your Camera!
Enjoy all things Lavender including Lavender inspired food and Live Music.
Visit the Organic Marketplace featuring Lavender Honey, Balsamic Vinegar, Essential Oils. There are primarily three varieties of lavender – Provence, Angustifolia & Munstead – which are used in their aromatherapy products, floral arrangements and in their Gourmet Treats.
Fresh Bouquets, even Lavender stuffed Toys
Take a Guided Tour on a horse-drawn wagon or antique tractor as you meander past the lavender fields thousand-year-old oak tree.
The Organic Galleries are a parade of twelve rustic boutiques showcasing organic lavender products from the farm. The galleries are in historic cottages, each interior with its own unique character. Sample lavender honey, butter, oils and more.
Browse through our the collection, or just sit and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in these peaceful surroundings.
Where to go to see all the fun! Click on the Map Below.
See you at the Lavender Festival 2019!
Palm Springs Modernism Week 2019 returns for another year to revel in the beautiful, simplistic Mid-Century Modern movement. Modernism Week 2019 is a 10-day celebration of all things Modern in the mecca of “MCM,” Palm Springs. This signature event happens every February, gathering tens-of-thousands of Modernism enthusiasts from around the world to celebrate the form in all its glory, from sleek architecture to iconic furniture and fashions. Over the week-plus, participants can check out a variety of home tours, the Modernism Show and Sale, lectures from prominent figures within Modernism, films on the subject, and more.
Palm Springs boasts one of the largest concentrations of Mid-Century Modern architecture in the world and is the perfect setting for Modernism Week each year. With the creative fingerprints of legendary names etched throughout the Valley, including Wexler, Neutra, Frey, and Schindler, Palm Springs has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to highly-coveted Mid-Century Modern homes and structures. Modernism Week 2019 embraces the form and celebrates its unique characteristics, and is a local event everyone should check out.
The Modernism Week Show House: The Christopher Kennedy Compound will showcase a refurbished midcentury home in the Indian Canyons neighborhood of Palm Springs, with 12 leading interior designers undertaking the redesign. Tours of the home will be offered daily.
On February 15, Modernism Week will host a special dedication ceremony on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars for acclaimed interior designer Arthur Elrod (1924-1974). Elrod’s former home will also be open for a home tour and evening cocktail party on Thursday, February 21.
One of Albert Frey’s most intact residential works, the Cree House in Cathedral City, has been meticulously preserved and restored to nearly its original 1955 condition. The home, never before seen by the public, will be available for daily tours during Modernism Week.
2019 Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival celebrates the date, the hallmark of the farming culture in Coachella Valley. Akin to what mid-century architecture means to the Greater Palm Springs Area’s real estate realm, the date is synonymous with the Coachella Valley. These delicious fruits are a product of the date palm, which comprises a big portion of the Southern California desert’s agricultural industry. Get a taste of the delectable date, and the Coachella Valley’s rich culture, at the 2019 Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival, taking place February 15-24 at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio. This event offers fun for the whole family, including nightly entertainment from renowned music artists.
What’s special about this Date Festival event isn’t just the fact that it also is the Riverside County Fair, but the entertainment includes blessing of the dates, and award-winning Arabian Nights Musical Pageant. An entertaining show that mingles contemporary humor with classic folklore, magic and mystery are at the heart of “Aladdin and the Heart of Agrabah”. And the queen of the fair– she is Queen Sheherazade and she comes with a Court.
The Nightly Musical Pageant is set to return to the 72nd Annual Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, right after the Salute to America at 6:00 p.m. The vocal talents, costumes and stage effects will amaze fair goers with this year’s spin of the 1,001 Arabian Nights extraordinary tale, Prince Khudadad in the Shadow of Destiny. The audience will be engaged the entire show as the cast takes fair goers back in time to the Far East.
You’ll want to come early to the pageant stage to be a part of the moving and inspirational Salute to America which will honor our country’s armed services immediately after the welcome message by the Fair Board at 6:00 p.m. nightly. Incorporating service men and women, as well as local school color guards, this musical tribute will leave you swelling with pride and thanks.
The Coachella Valley destination of Southern California known for dates, enjoys a huge attendance at the fair event. Beach and mountain dwellers grow weary of the the cold, and head for the desert to get a taste of sunshine and warm shirt sleeve weather during the finest month ever–February. Indio has over 100 days per year of 100+ degrees Fahrenheit temperatures but in February the average temperature is around 75 degrees.
Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival is held at Riverside County Fairgrounds, 82-503 Hwy 111, Indio, CA 92201
February 15-24, 2019 | President’s Day Parade February 18, 2019, 9 a.m.
Presented by the Palm Springs Cruisin’ Association, the Dr. George Car Show is in its 17th year and has grown to be the largest one day car show in California. With 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Desert Cancer Foundation, it included 1,000 vehicle entries and is held on the lush grounds of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
For over twenty years, the Desert Cancer Foundation has provided financial support to patients and their families without insurance. Each dollar donated has equals to approximately $7 worth of services.
In 2018, The Palm Springs Cruisin’ Association donated $77,000 to the non-profit Desert Cancer Foundation.
In addition to its size it is also the longest running car show in the Coachella Valley.
The Palm Springs Cruisin’ Association is a non-profit organization that includes over 400 members. For this event, 150 volunteers participate in facilitating the car show which includes numerous vendors, a raffle and silent auction. The event is always free and the cost of parking was $5. At the point of entry club members ask for donations from spectators.
The car show is open to all collector vehicles. In the first year there were 375 entries. Only a few years later the association had to create a cut-off at 1,000 entries after growing exponentially.
This all-volunteer project has raised over $845,000 for the Desert Cancer Foundation, which Dr. Sebastian George co-founded prior to his tragic death in 2002. PSCA Club members work year around, planning this amazing show. With the pristine setting of the Tennis Gardens, car owners line up to show their vehicles on the lush green grass. The goal for 2019 is to reach the $100,000 mark for the annual contribution. this contribution will provide approximately $1mm in care and support for cancer victims.
For more information on the 17th Annual Dr. George Charity Car Show, visit the Palm Springs Cruisin’ Association website.
The 2019 Dr. George Charity Car show will take place on February 9th with gates opening to the public from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
Southwest Arts Festival Indio 2019
January 24 -27th
Empire Polo Grounds
Art Enthusiasts from across the country are heading to the 33rd annual Southwest Arts Festival Indio is one of the oldest and largest art festivals in Southern California. Featuring over 280 artists from across North America. The Festival showcases art in a wide variety of media including pottery, glass, jewelry, metal works, painting, photography, sculpture and textiles. Hosted on the Grounds of the Empire Polo club in Indio.
The Empire Polo Club is an international destination renown for it’s natural beauty, featuring natural landscape and sweeping mountain ranges. Every year the Arts Festival continues to evolve and attract a high caliber of talented artists and unique artwork. This year’s festival will feature interactive art displays and live music, with pottery, glass and fine art painting scheduled to be on display. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of food and beverage options while casually walking the grounds.
The festival continues to draw thousands of art enthusiast from across the country, as well as the highest caliber artist. Last year 252 artists from around the world participated in the Festival. Recognized as one of the Top 100 Events in North America by Travel Magazine, the festival includes traditional, contemporary, and abstract fine works of art and quality crafts. The festival’s reputation for first-class quality and professional integrity make it one of the country’s finest juried art festivals.