Noah Purifoy Outdoor Museum
The Noah Purifoy Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Art in Joshua Tree, CA is open to the public every day of the year from sun up until sundown and is free of charge. For the last 15 years of his life, Noah created ten acres full of art installations in the desert. Everything is constructed from junked objects and materials.
The day I went to visit it was a cold winter day. It was windy, but the space was quiet and serene. There are so many structures, objects, details. Junk made into something so much more creative and interesting. Chairs, toilets, TVs, bicycles, shoes, and tires. Take you time wandering through the wonders that Noah has created when you visit Joshua Tree!
Ryan Mountain is a well marked trail inside Joshua Tree National Park. This is my favorite hike in Joshua Tree because of the expansive top-down view of the park from the 5,457 foot peak.
For the last 15 years of his life, Noah created ten acres full of art installations in the desert. Everything is constructed from junked objects and materials.
These cute metal dinosaurs are on the side of the road on highway 62. There's a gold mom and baby Brontosaurus, and two toothy meat-eaters.
The World Famous Crochet Museum is a cute and quirky destination in downtown Joshua Tree. Shari Elf, a local artist, has created a whimsical world of crochet, screen printed clothing, patches, and other forms of art.
The ghost town of Amboy was once a major stop along Route 66 until Interstate 40 was opened. The city only has 10 remaining buildings, Roy's gas station and motel cafe being the biggest landmark.
Red rock canyon lies right off the 14 and features gorgeous multi-colored rock formations. The facade is swirling mix of reds and whites. The park is located where the southernmost tip of the Sierra Nevada converges with the El Paso Mountains.
Elmer’s bottle tree ranch is just off highway 40 on Route 66. It’s a plot of land filled will artistic trees made from old collected bottles and found objects. Elmer inherited these bottles from his father who collected them and other antiques. He turned this junk into over 200 art installations free for all to explore.
I reached out to the Salvation Mountain organization with the intent of creating a website to showcase it's beauty and Leonard's passion in a way that inspires visitors to the site, and donations to help keep it in tact for future generations to witness it's overwhelming grace.
Amboy Crater is a 6,000-year-old cinder cone volcano that rises above a lava field. I loved seeing all the plants spring up from the black lava forms. New life sprouted from the darkness.
About a year ago I had a dream of owning a small cabin in Joshua Tree that I could both enjoy as a vacation home, and also Airbnb. That dream has finally come to life.