The Magic of Desert X

“A desert is not defined by the absence of water.
The desert landscape is formed by the memory of water.”
— Desert X


The Coachella Valley is renowned as a trendsetting hub of arts and culture. From film and music to fashion and design, people come the world over to inspire and be inspired. Now in its fourth iteration, Desert X has quickly become another ‘must see’ reason to visit Palm Springs. Running until May 7 2023, twelve artists have created site-specific exhibit installations throughout the valley. Each stunning work is a reflection on “forces that we exert on the world: how we design our environments and how we live.”

Palm Springs is blessed with a unique desert climate, where canyons hide oases that support an incredible array of flora and fauna. The colors, the sun, and the stunning night sky have captivated so many, including the Cahuilla Indians who have called the valley home for millennia. Desert X is a timely and topical event that allows us to pause and reflect on how we interact with the desert environment and the choices we make.

Each work in this year’s exhibition is as unique as the desert itself and attendees enjoy an immersive, open air, three dimensional viewing experience. Some of the highlights include Sleeping Figure by Matt Johnson, a massive sculpture using old railway cars and Pioneer by Tschabalala Self, a monument built in honor of the foremothers of contemporary America. Locations of the artwork, including installations from previous years can be discovered with this helpful Desert X Map.



Parker Palm Springs, regarded as the best luxury resort is Palm Springs, is a perfect home base for exploring the valley’s landscape and the art of Desert X. An oasis unto itself, our hotel offers guests an intimate experience, with the comforts and pleasures that make desert escapes so special. For your day of art exploration, consider taking along one of our famous picnic baskets to keep you nourished and hydrated along the way. If you have any questions, our Concierge can help plan your expedition.

After a parched day in the desert, there is no better way to ‘get the sand out’ than spending some quality time at Palm Springs Yacht Club (PSYC). Deservedly its own destination within the sprawling grounds of the Parker estate, our Palm Springs spa remains the one place no guest ever chooses to leave. It is the self-indulgent pampering you deserve after a long day in the sun. A white cotton terry robe, flip flops, a key to the private locker room, and a thimble of our cucumber-infused vodka will set you on your way to one of 15 private treatment rooms. Choose from a variety of options – facials, wrap, reflexology, massage – all personalized to your special requirements.

Like the desert itself, Parker Palm Springs is an ever-changing landscape of hues and moods throughout the day and evening. Here, time is your friend and all you have to do is relax and enjoy the moment.



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