Desert Hot Springs

These images are made on the edges of Desert Hot Springs, a small town on the south west boundary of the National park. It is sometimes referred to as the Desert Empire. The population has rocketed from 2,700 in the 1970s to over 26,000 now. The town was founded by L. W. Coffee in 1941. Coffee chose the name Desert Hot Springs because of the area’s natural hot springs, due to the San Andreas Fault bisecting the area, one side has cold water, the other has hot. Alondside the spas there are trailer parks, golf courses and new residential developments, some suddenly halted in the face of the recession.

Trailer park

Trailer park

Golf Course

Golf Course

Palm Tree hybrid

Palm Tree hybrid

Tennis court

Tennis court


Psychic Readings

Psychic Readings

Empty billboard glare

Empty billboard glare

Eagle at the intersection

Eagle at the intersection

Water channel

Water channel

Desert Hot Springs City Limits

Desert Hot Springs City Limits

New Development

New Development

Cell phone tower as palm tree

Cell phone tower as palm tree

Dillon Road

Dillon Road

Desert shrubs in headlights

Desert shrubs in headlights

Gun shop sign

Gun shop sign

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