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Twentynine Palms

Twentynine Palms

You might know the desert city of Twentynine Palms as the place to pick up the Roadrunner shuttle bus into Joshua Tree National Park. Or maybe you know it as the home of Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center or the world’s largest Marine Corps training base. But in recent years, the town has attracted a diverse community of artists who make their homes among the sprawling Mojave Desert. The 29 Palms Art Gallery is housed in a rustic adobe at the Oasis of Mara. It showcases the work of the local artists’ guild, hosts exhibitions, and sells desert-themed artwork. The 29 Palms Creative Center offers classes and studio time in pottery-making and painting for artists of all levels. The town’s most unusual art center is the Glass Outhouse Gallery, which hosts monthly art receptions and yes, has a real glass outhouse. To see a different kind of visual art, head to Smith’s Ranch Drive-in, one of the last original drive-in movie theaters, showing films to popcorn-eating car passengers since 1954.