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Yucca Valley | Desert Christ Park

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I don’t think I’ve ever headed up to the high desert (Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, et al.) for anything other than enjoyment, which is a nice thing to say about a place you frequent so often. It has become a welcome escape from Palm Springs, and so I find myself heading up there for some reason or another at least once a month, if not more. Along the way to whatever destination it may be that day there are always pitstops – be it lunching, thrifting, or exploring one of the many roadside attractions. One such attraction I think a worthwhile detour be made to is Desert Christ Park.

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Desert Christ Park is a 3.5 acre sculpture garden in Yucca Valley consisting of over 35 larger than life biblical characters. The park was sculpted and created by Antone Martin, a former engineer and aircraft worker. Martin started sculpting the concrete figures during the height of the Cold War atomic bomb scare of the mid-1940s, hoping that the sculptures would inspire global peace. They became permanently part of the Yucca Valley hillside in 1951 starting with the 10 foot, 5-ton ‘resurrected Christ.’

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Open to the public 365 days a year, from sun up to sun down. No religious strings attached.

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Things to know:

  • Location: 56200 Sunnyslope Dr, Yucca Valley, CA 92284
  • Website: desertchristpark.org.
  • Hours: Every Day. Sun Up to Sun Down.
  • Price: Free

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