In 1913, Cabot Yerxa re-discovered Desert Hot Springs' eponymous springs while digging for water on his 160 acres of homesteaded land. In 1941, the pioneer decided to build a Hopi-inspired pueblo on this land using materials he reclaimed or found in the desert. The result is now known as Cabot's Pueblo Museum, and it encompasses 5,000 square feet.
The building, which rises four stories above the desert and utilizes the Venturi Effect for air conditioning, is constructed out of adobe-style sun-dried brick that Cabot made himself in his courtyard. Cabot also used materials from cabins abandoned in the 1930s. Visitors can wander through his pueblo's 35 rooms, peer out of the 150 windows, and stage elaborate Scooby-Doo chases through the 65 doors.
The grizzled sands, rocky outcrops, and cacti of the California desert make its terrain tough to navigate—unless, of course, you're inside a Hummer. For more than a decade, the guides of Adventure Hummer Tours have utilized the military-grade vehicles—open-air or air-conditioned, depending on the tour—to explore some of the area's most scenic and exciting sites. The vehicles can climb and ramble to hard-to-reach sites, such as the Berdoo Canyon along the San Andreas Fault and a volcanic summit in Joshua Tree National Park where the horizon stretches hundreds of miles in every direction. The team also steers groups to less-rugged destinations, letting travelers explore Temecula Valley vineyards or take as many pictures as they want of the mailboxes of Palm Springs homes where celebs such as Elvis Presley once lived.
People looking for a quick dip or dramatic splash have plenty of options at Wet 'n' Wild Palm Springs. Not only does the water park feature two chutes that send riders on a high-speed trip from the peak of a seven-story tower, it also harbors a massive, 800,000-gallon wave pool. This is because Wet 'n' Wild Palm Springs strives to cool off people of all stripes—whether they're looking for an adrenaline boost or hoping to work on their driftwood impression. For the former are slides for children of all sizes, while the latter can chat and tan as they effortlessly float along a 600-foot lazy river.
The water park stretches onto land, too. Lounge chairs let visitors soak up the sun while snacking on ice cream and pizza, and canopy-covered cabanas wait for groups seeking a private place to regroup between rides.