visit a-z west


A-Z West is an artwork by Andrea Zittel located on over seventy acres in the California high desert next to Joshua Tree National Park. Since it’s inception in 2000 it has functioned as an evolving testing grounds for living—a place in which spaces, objects, and acts of living all intertwine into a single ongoing investigation into what it means to exist and participate in our culture today. “How to live?” and “What gives life meaning?” are core issues in both Zittel’s personal life and artistic practice.
A-Z West hosts monthly tours of the compound as a fundraiser for High Desert Test Sites. Please note that because of our busy studio schedule individual visits are not possible, however specially scheduled tours can sometimes be organized for groups of 12 or more. We also offer week-long stays in the Experimental Living Cabins, a satellite location 40 miles east of Joshua Tree. To find out more about these cabins, please email
Because A-Z West is a private residence we ask the public to respect the designated ways to visit. Visitors may not show up on A-Z West grounds unannounced or without an appointment under any circumstance.
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Tours are approximately 2 hours.
Reservations are made on a first-come-first-served basis, upon payment.  Please note that because we rely on advance scheduling, once your reservation is confirmed your payment is non-refundable. Contact info@highdeserttestsites for availability and waiting list.
A donation of $45 for adults and $35 for students is payable online.
All proceeds benefit High Desert Test Sites programming.