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Agua Caliente Indian Canyons

Address: S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA
Phone Number: 760 323 6018
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Ranked #6 of 101 things to do in Palm Springs
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Canyons, Deserts, Hiking trails, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Horseback riding, Group tours/day tour
Owner description: Considered sacred to the Cahuilla Indians and of historical importance to scientists and nature...
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Type: Canyons, Deserts, Hiking trails, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Horseback riding, Group tours/day tour
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Considered sacred to the Cahuilla Indians and of historical importance to scientists and nature lovers, these canyons provide a range of outdoor recreational activities for visitors.

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Houston
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

My visit began in a confused and congested parking lot with rude drivers. After a descent into a magnificent Palm canyon, I was alerted to the sounds of screaming children playing in the reproduction Indian huts. This area looks overwhelmed by tourists, like so many special places in our country. I cut my visit short to get away from the... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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47 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

It is a terrific high desert set of hikes with one of the most spectacular "palm" oases in the world. It tends to get crowded and the hikes are of moderate difficulty but we thoroughly enjoyed it. A bit pricey, our three seniors, one adult and one teenager paid $40 entrance fee, at least the Agua Caliente Indian Tribe is... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Well worth the $9/per adult admission which goes to preserving the Indian grounds. Once inside there are 2 parking lots which branch into dozens of trails all of which offer a different biome of the desert and scenery that changes every few feet. We parked at the Indian Trading post (which was kind of lame but there are drinks and... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

One sight you should see while in Palm Springs. It is the place where the natives used to go to escape the heat in the summer. An oasis that runs for miles following a river. Great place to picnic but not wheelchair accessible. You have to climb down a fair ways and then you can walk as far as you... More 

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Athens, Georgia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
12 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Hikes of short or long distance available to see desert terrain and stunning oases of palm trees suddenly appearing in the midst of a rocky desert. Be aware that admission is $9 per person. Worth the time and the short drive from Palm Springs. We especially liked the four mile round trip hike to Murray Canyon -- a richly varied... More 

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Saugatuck, Michigan
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

So beautiful - we wish we had taken a lunch and a good book. It's a lovely place to hang out for a while, or even if you have only a half hour or so.

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Malibu, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

A beautiful, must see, part of any Palm Springs visit. Several well marked trails for all abilities. Beautiful desert scenery. Per person fee to enter Agua Caliente tribal lands. Roads and facilities nicely maintained, though bathroom facilities are understandably rustic.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Saw this at the end of the road and drove to the gate. The cost at $9 a person is a bit high but the views from the visitor centre are nice and there are many trails to take, could easily take the full day to explore the area.

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Sonoma, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Nice place to hike, hidden at the end of South Palm Canyon Drive, pretty place to go if you want to hang out with nature.

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North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

the place is great. it could use a face lift though. the pools are great but old looking. the steam and the bath atmosphere is very restful. the fruit bowl and lime water are lovely.

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