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Coachella Valley Preserve

Ramon Road to Thousand Palms Canyon Road, Palm Springs, CA
760 343 1234
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Ranked #7 of 65 Attractions in Palm Springs
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Deserts
Activities: Hiking, Viewing foliage
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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La Quinta, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Drive into the dirt parking lot of this remote bit of charming desert flora and take a trip back in time. A small rustic visitors center can be visited before or after your walk through a natural sunken oasis. The short walk on the path and boardwalk gives a real primordial feeling. Great for all ages.

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Devon, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

This was an awesome little pit stop! I visited on a recommendation from a park ranger at the entrance of the scenic highway 74 in Palm Desert. She said it was a place where you could see the San Andreas Fault up close and I was hooked! Really cool place, well it was hot actually, but it was a rare... More

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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
25 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I still find it amazing that I can walk on the San Andreas Fault, be in a desert and at an oasis where the water is squeezed up between the geological plates. The bird life is stunning, the dragon flies amazing and its an absolute must visit place. Take plenty of drinking water, and hat. We normally spend about 2... More

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La Canada, California
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431 reviews 431 reviews
99 attraction reviews
284 helpful votes 284 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is a must see if one is a naturalist...a real oasis in the middle of a hot intolerable desert area. Even though California is suffering a drought, the oasis still has its water and green palm trees. This preserve has built raised wooden walkways thru the place so one can observe the water, plants, and oasis animal life (mainly... More

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We visited in July 2014 to see the San Andres Fault as my daughter had been studying natural faults in high school. It was a fascinating trip for the whole family.

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Calgary, Canada
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347 reviews 347 reviews
200 attraction reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Walk through oases across boardwalks and then between oases over desert terrain. Exploring the preserve was an amazing way to spend a few hours. There is an informative visitor center and helpful park staff who can answer questions about the plants and animals living in the preserve. The walk between oases is fairly short, but it is very hot and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

This really was a beautiful place. An easy drive from Palm Springs - we didn't get lost! There is a donation box by the car parking area, some eco friendly toilets, and an interesting visitor centre with friendly volunteers. We did a trail (?Mccallum) to an oasis. It was lovely - there are some boardwalks, and the actual pond you... More

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The Coachella Valley Preserve is a well maintained attraction with lots to offer. People can set up an easel and spend a few hours painting the beautiful scenery. OR, on can choose from several hiking trails. It's amazing how cool and refreshing walking in the Oasis can be. There is a 10 degrees difference when coming in from the desert.... More

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Fullerton, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Lovely easy hike to a pond. Brought breakfast and watched birds. Interesting and scenic . On San Andreas fault line. Sandy - wear good shoes.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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115 reviews 115 reviews
12 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Preserve is something very different to what else Palm Springs has to offer. There are shady palms to sit under, short trails to walk, a small museum and plants and animals you will not find elsewhere. Not a place you will wish to perhaps spend hours at, but just somewhere to relax for a couple.There are quite a few parking... More

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