DESERT HEARTS CODE OF COMMUNITY
🖤 We foster free creative self expression and self discovery
🖤 We encourage free thinking and individuality
🖤 We focus on our community first
🖤 We look out for one another and lift each other up in a positive way
🖤 We hold one another accountable with both our personal integrity and the integrity of our collective community
🖤 We strive to give back to our local communities
🖤 We encourage participation and self-reliance
🖤 We respect the natural environment
🖤 We believe in the balance of both the sacred and the temporal
🖤 We inspire one another to proliferate these values in the world
YOU BRING THE VIBES
Any creative energy you can bring to the gathering please do! Have some cool deco for your camp? Have some tripped out clothes or costumes? Have any paintings or art sculptures? Like to dance like never seen before? Well this is the place to do it! Let your creative genius flourish because that’s what makes us so beautiful and unique.
Desert Hearts is built on community. It’s each and every one us bringing our love, our creative expression, and our respect for ourselves and one another that makes us so unique. Remember that you’re stepping into a beautiful place that we can create in the world at large. Be an example to others - and to yourself - of what’s possible when we lead with love.
TICKET REMINDER: Desert Hearts cannot guarantee tickets purchases from unauthorized third party resellers (individuals or brokers such as StubHub). We recommend that you purchase tickets directly through Resident Advisor.
This year we are only accepting tickets resold directly through Resident Advisor. For more information on how to sell your ticket through Resident Advisor or purchase from our resale queue please visit https://www.residentadvisor.net/shop/faq.
Your PDF tickets will be available to download 48 hours before the event starts from your Resident Advisor order history.
If someone is attempting to sell you a PDF ticket prior to Tuesday, April 23rd, it is not a valid ticket.
Please reach out to Resident Advisor through their contact form: https://www.residentadvisor.net/contact.aspx?e=8 to report any kind of fraud or for help with transferring tickets.
DESERT HEARTS IS A STRICTLY 21+ EVENT
Everyone entering must present valid, unexpired ID to enter the festival. NO EXCEPTIONS.
GATE HOURS ARE FRI, 4/26 at 8AM - SUN, 4/28 at MIDNIGHT
The gate operates 24 hrs a day from Fri, 4/26 at 8AM - Sun, 4/28 at MIDNIGHT. If you arrive before Fri at 8am without an early arrival pass or after midnight on Sun, you will be turned around. Plan accordingly.
Do not park anywhere along the road or in front of driveways. Plan your arrival inside of gate hours. Anyone parking along the road is subject to towing.
Music starts at Noon on Friday and bumps nonstop until Monday at 4pm. If you have a Thursday Early Arrival pass, you may arrive beginning Thursday at Noon. You must also have a general admission ticket with your Early Pass to enter the festival.
Tickets include entrance, camping, and access to all open kitchens, theme camps, & art installations. Please bring your ticket with scannable barcode that will be emailed to you upon purchase. Download or print it before you start driving. There is no cell service at the event. If you can't find the email please check your spam or promotions folder. Everyone in your vehicle must have a ticket. If anyone in your vehicle does not have a ticket, the entire vehicle may be turned away at the gate. Be ye so warned.
We pack in tight! In order to encourage carpooling, a $20 fee is charged to every vehicle with less than 3 occupants even to those with Car Camping or RV passes. This greatly helps us reduce the amount of traffic entering and exiting the festival grounds. Bring cash. There are no ATMs at box office. Save the environment, save money, and help us with our parking logistics. Win Win Win.
We’re working with RickyRides this year to help you coordinate rideshares with your fellow festival attendees. Check out our listing to offer or find rides:
SHUTTLES, CAR CAMPING, RV PASSES, & PARKING
Leave the driving to us and hop on one of our shuttles! We’re providing round trip transportation from the two nearest major cities; Los Angeles and San Diego! If you are planning on flying into LA or SD to attend Desert Hearts, you can get your own ride from the airport to the shuttle pickup location and ride with us from there right into the heart of the festival. CLICK HERE for more info and to purchase passes.
RVs are classified as any vehicle 18' OR MORE IN LENGTH WHEN TOWING OR ALONE. If you show up with a vehicle requiring an RV pass and do not have one, you will be turned away at the gate.
If you are planning to camp in the campgrounds with your vehicle, you will need a Car Camping Pass. Car Camping Passes equal space for your car plus a 10x20 space immediately next to it. If you don't need to camp directly next to your car, there is a huge parking lot about a 2-5 minute walk to the festival where you'll be able to park and leave your car. It is literally the shortest festival walk you'll ever do so don't even trip when Car Camping Passes sell out.
Parking is only about 100 to 300 yards away from the general camping and festival area. Because parking is so close to the camping, there will not be a drop off area. Please follow all instructions from our hardworking Red Artery Traffic team.
We pack in tight! In order to encourage carpooling, a $20 fee is charged to every vehicle with less than 3 occupants, including those who’ve already purchased a Car Camping or RV pass. This greatly helps us reduce the amount of traffic entering and exiting the festival grounds. Carpool to save the environment, save money, and help us with our parking logistics. Win Win Win.
We’re working with RickyRides this year to help you coordinate rideshares with your fellow festival attendees. Check out our listing to offer or find rides:
BICYCLES, MOTORIZED VEHICLES ARE NOT ALLOWED
The event is less than a ten minute walk from end to end. Thus, we do not allow pedal powered bicycles or motorized vehicles of any kind including but not limited to scooters, gopeds, and motorized carts or motorized bikes.
The Los Coyotes Indian Reservation is truly a gem to behold. Tucked into the mountains surrounding Warner Springs (San Diego County), it brings the best of the high desert and forest together all in one. Trust us when we say we don’t know of a more beautiful place in Southern California to host our festival.
It goes without saying but we’ll say it anyway:
People live on the reservation including children. When you see the sign that you are entering the reservation, please turn down your audio system and observe all speed limits. You can and will be ticketed for speeding. Please drive carefully on the roads and be respectful to the surrounding communities! The safety and success of the event depends on this!
When you are waiting in line at the gate, Do not park in front of driveways.
The address for Los Coyotes Indian Campground is 2300 Camino San Ignacio, Warner Springs, CA 92086. Please be sure to enter the exact address into your GPS rather than searching for Los Coyotes and do not use Waze which typically leads you the wrong way.
Stop to use the bathroom before arriving. On Thursday afternoon and all day Friday, there can be long waits. Porta potties are available along the roadside. Do not urinate anywhere other than the porta potties. That includes inside the event.
We are a community built on love and respect. We have a very good relationship with Los Coyotes who are very kind in hosting us. If we hear of anyone being disrespectful, your vehicle and everyone in it will be sent home.
There will be a few friendly tribal police officers on site. Do not be alarmed and please treat these officers with respect. They are very awesome people and are there to help and keep us safe.
WEATHER & PREPAREDNESS
Temperatures can range from the 70s in the day to the 30s at night. Be prepared for extreme heat and cold. There are plenty of open spaces as well as ample areas shaded by trees.
The campground is rustic so there are no showers or functional bathrooms. We will be providing ample porta potties that will be spread throughout the venue. Do not urinate anywhere other the porta potties. Anyone caught doing so will be fined.
There is very limited drinking water. Please bring enough to last you as well as extra to share.
LEAVE NO TRACE
PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT
This is a leave no trace event meaning we leave the land in the same, or better condition than when we arrived. Pack it in, pack it out. Please bring enough trash bags to take your trash out with you. It's a good idea to bring two trash bags, one for trash and one for recycling.
KEEP OUR DANCE FLOOR CLEAN!
Please do not leave any bottles or trash by the dance floor/speakers. If you see trash or bottles out on the ground or left out, please help clean it up and keep our land beautiful. There will be recycling containers by the stage.
MOOP aka MATTER OUT OF PLACE
Please pocket your cigarette butts and pick up any butts if you see them on the ground. No glow sticks, glow sand, loose glitter, or loose feathers please! Also, please no feather boas or anything that will create MOOP (Matter Out Of Place aka litter). Don’t be a moopy mess, opt for reusables rather than single-use, keep your campsite clean for things that could blow away in the wind and your campsite waste sorted throughout the weekend. When packing up, sweep your camp for moop, pack up your sorted waste, and bring it to our Public Transfer Station.
WE’LL TAKE YOUR SORTED TRASH & RECYCLING
Unfortunately but realistically, waste disposal is expensive! We’ll take your sorted waste for a fee and help you sort your unsorted waste so you can leave it at our Public Transfer Station (the magical place you can dispose of camp waste) located along the ingress/exodus road. If you can’t sort your waste or pony up for disposal, then you can always Pack it in, Pack it Out, just like old times.
DO YOUR PART
Remember, keeping our community clean is not the sole responsibility of the Waste Warriors & Trash Pirates. They are not there to do the job for you. They maintain the systems for you to bear your portion of the load, for you to do the right thing. Mooping, sorting waste, keeping the creek clean, cutting down on resource consumption: these tasks are a community affair, and it is up to each and every one of us to keep our community accountable. 🖤
WE SHARE THEM!
Which means be respectful of the space we share together including where we do our business. Do not go to the bathroom, that includes #1 and #2, anywhere other than the porta potties. Anyone found using the land rather than porta potties to do their business will be fined. Pick up your trash and any loose toilet paper on the ground and dispose of it properly. It takes all of us to have respect for the land and respect for one another.
FIRE SAFETY IS THE #1 PRIORITY AT THE FESTIVAL
ABSOLUTELY NO CAMPFIRES!
Dependent upon the approval from local fire agencies, we will have monitored fire pits in designated areas ONLY. These are the ONLY approved areas for fire. Under no circumstances should you start a fire at your campsite. If you do, you will immediately be escorted off the premises. Be mindful of your cigarette butts. Please bring something easy to carry that you can store used butts in, take extreme care when putting out a lit cigarette and never, ever flick them on the ground.
The fire risk at the festival venue is high. As that is the case, there will be no unauthorized fire spinning.
Please RESPECT THE LAND and the home of the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeño Indians AND THE SAFETY OF EVERYONE attending the event.
Camping is included with your ticket and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please pack in tight. Work with your neighbors. And do not try to hold large sections of space unless you received placement from Desert Hearts. We’re all here to be together, remember?
Interested in getting placement for your large group? Consider applying as a Theme Camp.
TBA - but when have we ever let you down?
One Stage, One Vibe has always been our policy. Amplified sound is NOT permitted in the camping areas or at any theme camp. If you want to enjoy the music, please join the dance floor and the central heartbeat. We strive to create the ultimate collective consciousness. With everyone on the same wavelength we can create the best possible vibe. 🖤
Art is the ultimate form of self expression and through art we celebrate everything that make us human. With the growth of Desert Hearts we have continued to focus on the expansion of our arts and outreach for community participation. We’re committed to hosting a wide variety of artists, which include but is not limited to, live painting, face/body painting, displayed art, interactive art, art installations and performance art. With the amount of art at Desert Hearts Festival the entire event often feels like one big art gallery!
Interested in sharing your art? Click here to apply.
HeartSpace, hosted by Art Temple, is our central workshop and art making space. Here you’ll find drawing and painting classes, art supplies, comedy and speakers. It’s also an open space for you to share. Have something to contribute? A class, presentation, or idea? Click here to submit.
Need a recharge? Visit our Healing Sanctuary. Being a boutique festival that's focused so heavily on the music and vibe, we’re committed to creating space for community healers to gather and share their knowledge. Our Healing Sanctuary will be hosting various forms of healing included Sound Healing, Crystal Healing, Reiki, Energy Work, Spoken Word and Relax/Recharge Zones. Are you a healer with something to contribute?
Workshops this year will be hosted in a few different locations. Everything from flow classes, to yoga and movement arts, to speakers and presentations. We have a space for you to open your heart and learn something new. Want to teach, speak, or present?
There are food vendors at the event as well as some of the finest artisan goods for purchase. Wanna pick up some official Desert Hearts Merch? You’ll find that too.
Ice is also available for sale at the event.
ATM service is sometimes limited. Please bring cash.
Interested in vending at the event? Please visit the Participate page to apply.
DOGS & SERVICE ANIMALS
LEAVE YOUR DOGS & PETS AT HOME
Dogs and pets are strictly forbidden by the reservation. We have been asked explicitly to enforce this rule and you will be turned away at the gate if you decide to try your luck.
How “Service Animal” Is Defined by the ADA:
Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. Therefore, we do not allow emotional support animals.
A service animal owner must provide both documents for entry; Current ADA Certification and Current Vaccination Papers. If you do not have both documents you will be turned away at the gate to find a local kennel.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
We are an open community where you can experience freedom in many ways however we have a few rules you must follow when attending Desert Hearts:
ABSOLUTELY NO ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES OR ILLEGAL BEHAVIOR OF ANY KIND. This includes NOS tanks, balloons or any kind of drug use. Desert Hearts has a strict Zero Tolerance policy.
21 & Up Event; ID's will be checked at the gate.
No re-entry if you leave the festival. Bring what you need for the entire weekend.
No dogs or animals including emotional support animals (service animals excluded, but must be identified and leashed). See dog and animal policy above.
No renegade sound systems--basically anything larger than a small speaker.
Amplified sound is NOT permitted in the camping areas. If you want to enjoy the music, please join the dance floor and the central heartbeat. One Stage, One Vibe has always been our policy.
No littering. Be especially mindful of bottles and cigarette butts. Do your part to help clean up trash when you see it.
No parking anywhere than designated areas by a member of our Red Artery Traffic team. You will be subject to towing if park along the roadsides, block traffic, park in front of driveways or otherwise put your vehicle where you shouldn’t. Be smart and be respectful.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Desert Hearts will be staffed with a fully licensed and insured security team at all times. This does not mean you should leave your car unlocked or personal belongings out in the open. Desert Hearts is not responsible for anything that is lost or stolen.
At all our outdoor gatherings there will be a trained medical staff on standby during the entire duration of the event. If you have any medical needs please find the medical tent located next to HQ and they will be more than happy to help you. If you see anyone who needs help, please find someone with a radio immediately. We take care of one another. Please be cautious of any known allergies, illnesses, or infections you may have. Also, be cautious of your surroundings, some of our locations are known to have such things as poison oak.