There are no ropes at the Palm Springs Air Museum?all the better to get close to one of the world's largest collections of operational World War II-era aircraft.
Tucked into the San Bernardino Mountains, Rim Nordic Ski Area puts its stunning setting to good use. When winter barrels in and covers the groomed trail system with the cold powdery stuff, visitors can strap on rented snowshoes or cross-country skis and set off on snowy adventures. Groomed ski trails and tracks for classic skiing impose an outdoorsy form of order, while cross-country lessons prepare first-timers for their expeditions or strange-footwear parties. While the mountain is the perfect place for a wintry outing, Rim Nordic Ski Area doesn't let summer stop the fun either?cyclists also take advantage of powder-free slopes during mountain-biking events, sanctioned by USA Cycling for all levels and age groups.
The Desert Film Society showcases independent, foreign, and artistic cinematic creations, promoting an appreciation of filmmaking, stimulating post-viewing conversation, and titillating film-focused neurons. Screenings are held at 9:30 a.m. several times a month, with upcoming films including the Portuguese melodrama To Die Like a Man, which tells the story of a transsexual caught between personal identity and religion, and the German drama The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner, about an amnesiac’s effort to rediscover his past. See the schedule for a full list of future offerings.
Mesquite Country Club features moderately rolling with mature trees and spectacular views of the mountains. It is well bunkered, with eight small lakes and hundreds of palm trees. Mesquite offers a challenging round of golf with numerous water hazards. Even Bob Hope and his friends would play here in the earlier days!
Castelli Art Framing's master craftsmen continue a more than 25-year tradition of conserving and displaying prized artwork of all shapes and sizes. Small photographs, large portraits, and record-breaking speeding tickets all earn wall-worthiness while donning custom frames assembled out of thousands of moldings and a variety of matting and mounting styles. Castelli's museum-quality conservation frames ensure delicate or valuable pieces can emerge from their protective casings undamaged. The multitalented staffers can also build unique frames for 3-D objects such as medals, sports jerseys, and a baby's first pair of shoes. Gilding and leafing services performed by artisans with more than 20 years of experience embellish plain wooden surfaces with thin sheets of gold or silver shinier than a freshly polished glass eye.
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.