Driving up the road to that tiny community of Snow Creek

Rebecca Dru

West Hollywood, United States

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©2011 Rebecca Dru Photography All Rights Reserved
From the moment you turn off Highway 111 onto Snow Creek Road you are drawn to the dramatic north face of San Jacinto Mountain. Nestled into the base of the mountain amidst a grove of olive trees is our first stop Snow Creek, just minutes outside of Palm Springs.

A private village of 39 unique homes nestled into the base of the San Jacinto mountains, Snow Creek commands sweeping vistas of the valley beyond and the untouched native landscape.

The Wanikik band of the Cahuilla Indians spent hundreds of years fishing for trout around the village and a cave above it is believed to have been used for shaman rituals. Natural springs and snow-melt ensure the waterfalls above the village run year-round.

Snow Creek was also a stop on the Wells Fargo Pony Express in the early 1800′s, used to rest and water the horses and passengers. Early railroad workers also used Snow Creek as a water source and get-a-way from the summer heat on the valley floor.

By 1920 Sicilian sheep farmers planted the olive grove in Snow Creek that is lovingly cared for today. Today’s village began as a fishing camp, homes were built along the creek and generations of families have used the village as a second home set amidst the cottonwoods and desert williows. The creek was diverted by the Desert Water Agency in the 60′s but the village is just as charming today.

Snow Creek has also been a haven for artists, outdoor enthusiasts and seekers of privacy and quiet throughout the years. This is most notable in the vernacular design of some of the homes in town from the storybook style home Van Pelt built for his bride made of native rock, concrete and driftwood to the mid-century modern D’Angelo rotating polygonal home, made from his company’s aluminum, the Beatles are thought to have spent time there.

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