Art in Public Places. Several self-guided tours cover the works in Palm Desert's 150-piece Art in Public Places collection. Each tour is walkable or drivable. Maps and information about guided tours (one Saturday each month) are available at the city's visitor center and online. Palm Desert Visitor Center, 73-470 El Paseo, Suite F-7, Palm Desert, California, 92260. 760/568–1441; Free.

Best of the Best Tours. One of the valley's largest outfits leads tours into Andreas Canyon, along the celebrity circuit, or to view windmills up close. 760/320–1365; From $40.

Desert Adventures. This outfit's two- to four- hour jeep or van tours explore the San Andreas Fault, local craft breweries, celebrity homes, and gay history. Tours may also go off-road through Joshua Tree National Park. The groups are small and the guides are knowledgeable. Departures are from Palm Springs and La Quinta; hotel pickups are available. 760/324–5337; From $79.

Trail Discovery Hiking Guides. For more than two decades, this outfit has been guiding hikers of all abilities through the desert canyons of the Palm Springs area. New tours include sections of the Pacific Crest Trail and Whitewater Canyon Preserve and an overnight trip to Joshua Tree. 760/413–1575; From $75.

Palm Springs Tours. Dive into celebrity history or the inner reaches of Joshua Tree with this longtime local operator. 800/409–3174; From $100.

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