Holiday Closure Schedule

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum will be closed Friday, December 22, 2023 through Tuesday, January 2, 2024 due to the Town of Yucca Valley’s holiday schedule.  We will reopen with normal business hours. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 3, 2024.  The museum staff wish you and your family a joyous holiday season and happy new year!  

Upcoming Events


STEM Workshops

10:00 am - 12:00 pm / Hi-Desert Nature Museum

What's On Display

From Earthquakes to Epidemics: How Disasters Transform California's People and Places

From Earthquakes to Epidemics explores the impact of natural and manmade disasters and pandemics in California, using the humanities as a lens to give context to the impacts of recent and historic disasters in the Golden State.

From Earthquakes to Epidemics is on display October 14 through December 9, 2023.


Museum Spotlight Micro-Exhibit:
Mojave Desert Wildflowers through the eyes of Henry Mockel

From blooming yuccas to radiant desert sunflowers, wildflowers abound from March to June throughout the High Desert. Before you take that drive through those wildflower hot-spots this Spring, visit the Hi-Desert Nature Museum to view its Spotlight installment of “Mojave Desert Wildflowers.” The micro-exhibit features 25 color depictions of common Mojave wildflowers by renowned desert artist Henry B. Mockel and can serve as resource for identification along the way. 

Mojave Desert Wildflowers will be on display all of Spring

Our Giant Rock: A Touchstone in the Mojave

Our Giant Rock: A Touchstone is an interactive touchscreen exhibit that encourages visitors to discover and explore the nuances that make Giant Rock a unique and cherished Morongo Basin landmark. Giant Rock is most notoriously known for the ‘giant’ personalities who lived near and even under it. However, it has also served as an intermediary for certain stories and events.  The exhibit provides a series of interpretive narratives explaining these nuances while incorporating some never-before-seen images, documents, publications, and videos which help illustrate Giant Rock’s history.

This exhibit is made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

At the Hi-Desert Nature Museum there's something for everyone!

Mini Zoo

Meet our desert natives

Kids Corner

Come play and learn

Our Exhibits

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