HDTS 2013 begins this Saturday!
October 12–19, 2013
driving map, schedule, and travel tips


The HDTS 2013 event is imminent!  There are a lot of important last minute details that need to go out before you hit the road:


Here it is!  Click the links below to download PDF event maps and schedules:

FULL MAP & SCHEDULE  October 12–19: Joshua Tree to Albuquerque (includes opening weekend map/schedule)
OPENING WEEKEND MAP & SCHEDULE  October 12–13: Joshua Tree area only

Download and print out a copy to take with you, or pick one up at the HDTS HQ Saturday October 12th or Sunday October 13th if you’re coming out for the opening weekend in Joshua Tree.  Print copies will be also be available throughout the route, and at our “ABQ HQ” outside the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque on Saturday October 19th.

There is A LOT going on, and more sites than you will realistically be able to see, so in many instances you will have to pick and choose–and take your time!  We recommend reading through the driving map/schedule (there are lots of tips!) and plotting out your road trip before you hit the road.  But be prepared to be flexible, too–you may encounter unexpected detours, closures, and slight scheduling shifts (some of our projects on the road are sited in National Parks…we sure hope they will be open by then, but if not, keep your ears open for updates.)  

If you're looking for places to rest your head on the road, check out our suggestions.


The HQ will have lots of things for sale, including the new HDTS 2013 publication, books, life enhancement accessories, camping stuff, and brand new HDTS gear.  We now take credit cards at the HQ, but project sites like the Wonder Valley Way Station will have plenty of artist-made wares, too, and as you guessed, CASH ONLY!  Saturday opening night dinner at The Palms (first-come-first-served homemade chicken or veggie enchilada plates for $10) will be a CASH ONLY event as well. 

If you’re heading on the road, it’s always good to carry some emergency cash, too, just in case.  Many places accept cash only!


Dress in layers (daytime can be hot, nighttime chilly).  Bring lots of water, snacks, big hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, a headlamp, and a trash bag for your refuse, and make sure your car has plenty of gas–and be ready to help dig fellow travelers out of the sand.

Leave no trace–be careful of fragile desert plants while walking through sites (watch out for snakes!)  HDTS will traverse delicate ecologies and communities that desire to protect them.  We need you to help make lots of goodwill between HDTS and these diverse desert communities–so be cool, be respectful, spend money at local businesses, and don’t hesitate to jump in and help out.  Help keep HDTS a positive force.

To learn more, visit the HDTS 2013 event page.