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Cabot's Pueblo Museum

67616 E Desert View Avenue

Cabot's Pueblo Museum is a unique Hopi inspired Pueblo hand-made by Cabot Yerxa over 24 years. This multi-level building includes 35 rooms, 150 windows and 65 doors, all crafted from found materials. The museum houses Cabot’s collection of Native American pottery, early 20th century photographs and artifacts from his Alaskan adventures. The museum grounds, including a picnic area, are beautifully landscaped with native plants and home to many rustic period items – early 1900’s tools, machinery and housegoods.

The museum also houses a Pueblo Art Gallery, a bookstore, and the famed sculpture “Waokiye”, a 43 foot tall Indian monument carved from a 750 year old Sequoia Redwood.

Guided tours of this historic landmark are conducted Fridays and Saturdays during the open season (October through May). The museum is available year-round for group tours and special events.

Before settling in the California desert, Cabot Yerxa led an adventurous life in places as far-flung as Mexico, Cuba, Alaska, New York City and Paris, France (where he studied painting during the Impressionist period). In 1913 Cabot homesteaded 160 acres in what is now Desert Hot Springs. Pressed for water, he dug a well with pick and shovel, discovering the now famous hot mineral water of Desert Hot Springs. Nearby, through a second well, he discovered the pure cold water of the Mission Springs Aquifer. These two wells, hot and cold, give the area surrounding the Pueblo its name – Miracle Hill.

Cabot began construction on his pueblo-style home in 1941 and worked on it until his death in 1965 at the age of 83. The Pueblo was abandoned and vandalized after Cabot’s death. Cabot’s friend, Cole Eyraud, saved the Pueblo from demolition, holding off the bulldozers with a shotgun. Thereafter, Cole purchased the property and helped restore the Pueblo to its historic state. Later, the Eyraud family donated the property to the city of Desert Hot Springs to be used as an historic museum and art gallery.


TO Wildcat

Thursday, March 8, 2018
If you are in Desert Hot Springs staying at one of the spas in town this is a great museum to visit to see the history of this interesting place you really get to see how the town of Desert Hot Springs became what it is today. You get to find out about Cabot Yerxa and his interesting life and what made him want to move to the desert. During his time here he discovered water and built this Pueblo. The tour is $13 and it is worth the money being able to go inside the Pueblo was great and our tour guide was very knowledgeable and had some insightful stories about Cabot and this place.

Rick Sievers

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018
What a surprise! Got on the guided tour. That is the only way to get a feel for the life that was made here. Just, outer guide was bringing with interesting insights. The home vibrates with history and artistic vision.

Carter Wilson

Friday, March 2, 2018
You absolutely can't believe it unless you see it. Incredible, absolutely incredible. Tour limited so get there well ahead of time to reserve your place in the que.

Jacob LittleBear

Friday, April 6, 2018
Very nice place to visit. You can choose to pay for a guided tour inside the building or you can walk the entire grounds outside and explore one room inside for free.

Christopher Cook

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
Cool grounds to walk around and explore. Main building charges for tour. Nice gift shop for books, jewelry, art items.

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