US Desert

As the sun scorches overhead, Tony hops into his classic Thunderbird and hits the open road of the US Desert, hoping to learn more about the region and its food.

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Arch Rock in Joshua Tree National Park, which encompasses 1,235 square miles of land -- an area slightly larger than the state of Rhode Island. 960 1280

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Sculptures in Desert Christ Park, a 3.5-acre sculpture garden in Yucca Valley. Aircraft worker Antone Martin began crafting the concrete figures in the 1940s to inspire peace during the Cold War, and the 15 sculptures still stand today ' though in various states of disrepair. 960 1280

tscherno through Flickr Creative Commons  

The sunrise in Palm Springs, a popular resort town and retirement spot for the rich and famous of the 1950s and '60s. 960 1280

Joe Bielawa through Flickr Creative Commons  

Desert badlands and mountains in Death Valley National Park, the hottest and driest national park in the US. 960 1280

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Pioneertown, built in 1946 as a live-in western movie set. Mock gunfights and other Old West demonstrations occur on Mane Street from April to October. 960 1280

Christine Candice through Flickr Creative Commons   

Ranchos Los Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage, CA, a small resort city in the Coachella Valley. 960 1280

Scott Ableman through Flickr Creative Commons  

A Union Pacific train passes the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Park in Palm Springs, the oldest commercial wind farm in the US. Tours of the park occur every Wednesday to Saturday. 960 1280

cloudchaser32000 through Flickr Creative Commons  

A Joshua tree, the namesake of the national park it's located in. 960 1280

Arthur Hsu  

The Salton Sea, once a desert oasis for celebrities and wealthy vacationers, is the largest body of water in California. However, by the mid-1970s the salinity level of the water had risen so high that barely any fish or wildlife could survive. Entire neighborhoods surrounding the sea were abandoned and remain eerie ghost towns. 960 1280

mst7022 through Flickr Creative Commons  

An abandoned stone structure in the Coachella Valley that was once a gas station and, reputedly, a long-ago stop on the Butterfield Overland Mail stagecoach route. 960 1280

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The sunrise in Yucca Valley. 960 1280

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Art in Death Valley, which contains the lowest, driest and hottest places in North America. 960 1280

Corrier through Flickr Creative Commons  

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the world's largest rotating tramway. 960 1280

stupiddingo through Flickr Creative Commons  

The resort city of Rancho Mirage, located south of Palm Springs, boasts 12 golf courses. 960 1280

Scott Ableman through Flickr Creative Commons   

'Salvation Mountain,' an art installation by Leonard Knight in Niland, CA, is an incredible 50 feet tall and 150 feet wide. Knight started the project to spread his message of universal love, and in 2002 his mountain was placed in the Congressional Record as a national treasure. 960 1280

Josh Koonce through Flickr Creative Commons  

The Coachella Music and Arts Festival is held each April in Indio, CA. 960 1280

sputnik mi amor through Flickr Creative Commons  

Rancho de la Luna
Rancho de la Luna

Rancho de la Luna

'Rancho de la Luna--site of many legendary recording sessions--and the consumption of much tequila.' 'Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

Tony and Josh

Tony and Josh

'Me and Josh with hitch-hikers. (decapitated).' 'Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

Stunt guitar

Stunt guitar

'Stunt guitar. With the mighty and mysterious Integratron in the background.' 'Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

Waiting for food

Waiting for food

'Waiting for the Mexican food to cook.' 'Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

Tony, Josh Homme and Anthony Bianco
Tony, Josh Homme and Anthony Bianco

Tony, Josh Homme and Anthony Bianco

Tony, Josh Homme and Anthony Bianco have a few beers while they wait for the Mexican cookout to start. 960 1280

  

ATVs at Anthony Vineyards

ATVs at Anthony Vineyards

The crew, Tony and Josh Homme take the ATVs out for a spin at Anthony Vineyards. 960 1280

  

Josh Homme

Josh Homme

Josh Homme plays a few songs outside the Integratron, an acoustically perfect all-wood building in Joshua Tree, CA. 960 1280

  

Salvation mountain

Salvation mountain

'Salvation Mountain,' an art installation by Leonard Knight in Niland, CA, is an incredible 50 feet tall and 150 feet wide. 960 1280

  

CA desert

CA desert

The landscape of the California desert. 960 1280

  

Country Kitchen

Country Kitchen

Tony and Josh Homme have breakfast at Joshua Tree Country Kitchen. 960 1280

  

Sky Village Swap Meet

Sky Village Swap Meet

Bob Carr, owner of the Sky Village Swap Meet in Yucca Valley, CA. 960 1280

  

Pappy and Harriets

Pappy and Harriets

Tony and Josh have drinks at Pappy and Harriets in Pioneertown, CA. 960 1280

  

Joshua Tree Country Kitchen

Joshua Tree Country Kitchen

'Home cook'n' at the Country Kitchen in Joshua Tree, CA. 960 1280

  

Sky Village Swap Meet

Sky Village Swap Meet

Tony and Josh Homme browse the record selection at the Sky Village Swap Meet. 960 1280

  

Mexican feast at Anthony Vineyards

Mexican feast at Anthony Vineyards

Adam Lupsha cooks up a feast at Anthony Vineyards. 960 1280

  

Josh Homme, Tony and Anthony Bianco

Josh Homme, Tony and Anthony Bianco

Josh Homme, Tony and Anthony Bianco wait for their Mexican feast to cook. 960 1280

  

Sky Village Swap Meet

Sky Village Swap Meet

Bob Carr, owner of the Sky Village Swap Meet, chats with the crew. 960 1280

  

Rancho de la Luna

Rancho de la Luna

Tony and the guys at Rancho de la Luna, a recording studio in the middle of the desert. 960 1280

  

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