Palm Desert Civic
Visitor Center Palm Desert, CA
Parking: St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 47535 Highway 74.
Festival Shuttles from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument DesertMountains.org
Free admission, free parking
The Sand Guys were a featured attraction at the Friends of the Desert Mountains' Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival
previously. Held at the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center in Palm Desert.
Each year hopes are high that the desert comes alive with wildflowers in bloom. The annual transformation of the Coachella Valley into a colorful canvas happens in years in which there is rain. The best place to celebrate is at the Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival at the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center in Palm Desert. In addition to wildflower viewing and art, the festival offers the sand sculpting element, a Kids' Zone, a 5k trail run, mountain biking, and interpretive hikes. There are raffles, vendors, exhibitors, and live music provided by The Arrangements in the beer and wine garden. Food and beverages are available for purchase.
Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival offers a slate of activities. Past events have included:
9:30 a.m. Interpretive hikes, continuing every 15 minutes
9:15 a.m. Trail runners' 5K run
11 a.m. Mountain bike ride to Visitor Center
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Beer and Wine Garden open, with music by the Shadow Mountain Band throughout the day
9 a.m.-noon Phillip Ferranti 140 Great Hikes book signing
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Linda Pyle Peaks Palms and Picnics book signing
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids Zone
About the Friends of the Desert Mountains Friends of the Desert Mountains is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation formed in 1987 by a group of passionate, concerned citizens determined to help to protect the area's conservation land resources while at the same time be a partner in education, research and support for the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument and surrounding areas. For more information about Friends, call (760) 568-9918 or go to www.DesertMountains.org.
Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.