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Coachella Valley Preserve

Address: Ramon Road to Thousand Palms Canyon Road, Palm Springs, CA
Phone Number: 760 343 1234
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Ranked #7 of 59 Attractions in Palm Springs
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Deserts, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Viewing foliage
Owner description: Formed by a system of sand dunes, this 20,000-acre sanctuary is home...
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Type: Deserts, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Viewing foliage
Owner description: Formed by a system of sand dunes, this 20,000-acre sanctuary is home to several species of rare wildlife and a number of palm oases.
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Minneapolis
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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Wow. Last time here was about 10 years ago. We went 2 days ago for a nice hike and were very disappointed in seeing how the place has goes down hill. It's sad because this was a really great place to go. It may be free, but in this case, we would rather pay for So Palm Indian Canyon than... More 

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England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We stopped off here on the way back from Desert Hot Springs. There are some lovely hikes and we did McCulum out to the oasis and palms. The visitor centre was closed so had to rely on some well signed trails. Great palm trees with the desert backdrop and mountains in the background.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We were traveling with a 5 year old and 3 year old and were able to walk around many of the areas very easily. Lots to explore. The desert, a steep hill to climb, a palm tree/swampy area, very scenic. Since we were only here about an hour, we were especially glad it was free.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Make sure you talk to the docent in the Visitor's Centre before you head out on this 2.4 mile round trip walk. He is a wealth of information! The oasis at the end is unbelievable. Take the extra trek up to Vista Point to see the view. It's pretty amazing to see all those palm trees in the middle of... More 

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canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Very nice experience walking between the palm trees and the oasis with the lake. It is a nice pass but do not walk when is to hot.

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Philadelphia
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Although the road to Coachella Valley Preserve seems to be leading to the middle of nowhere, the actual facility was great. There is a large parking lot about 100 yards from the main tourist reception area. This includes port-a-potties and a gift shop. After that, there was some level trails in the desert connected the entrance area with other oases... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This is an excellent place to visit if you are 1-100 years old. But dont just go to the right when you come to the visitor hut, try the short loop to the left for some excellent views of the mountains. If you can, enjoy the hike to the second oassis where the water is more plentiful.

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HAM LAKE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

You don't need to spend a fortune to learn about the nature life in the desert or the Andreas Fault. But please do make donation so this treasure of a place can remain open to serve nature and future visitors. There are several hiking options and the docents are well-trained to assess the possibilities for the visitors. You can spend... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

When your driving out there, your not quite sure where this "oasis" is going to be since all you see is desert, but then we came up to the sign and saw a small patch of weird palms. There was free parking and no charge which was great. When you get into the hike I was amazing! The palms were... More 

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Vancouver Island, British Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The Information Centre was well versed and friendly in the history of the Coachella Reserve also known as Thousand Palms Reserve. The trails are sandy and makes for a little more difficult hike. Lots of children and older people hiking so it is very manageable for most. Would do it again. The restrooms do not have plumbing. They keep them... More 

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