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Coachella Valley Preserve

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Address: Ramon Road to Thousand Palms Canyon Road, Palm Springs, CA
Phone Number: 760 343 1234
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Activities: Hiking, Viewing foliage
Description: Formed by a system of sand dunes, this 20,000-acre sanctuary is home to...
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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The Magic of an Oasis

Remarkable! Buried in the middle of the California desert, fed by waters migrating upward courtesy of the San Andreas fault, are honest to goodness Oases…..Not huge, no camels... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Remarkable! Buried in the middle of the California desert, fed by waters migrating upward courtesy of the San Andreas fault, are honest to goodness Oases…..Not huge, no camels, but pools that permit extraordinary palms to burst from an otherwise arid and inhospitable environment. Worth the drive out from Palm Desert. TIPS! Bring water-- it is the desert--sunscreen, and decent walking... More 

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Ghent, Belgium
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438 reviews 438 reviews
48 attraction reviews
286 helpful votes 286 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I suppose this place has some ecological value, but it is nothing compared to Palm and other canyons. If you want a decent hike.

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Heerhugowaard
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121 reviews 121 reviews
38 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Maybe it's not spectacular, but this is a unique place in the desert. The type of palms at Thousand Palms oasis is very old and only survived because of the availability of water. The source of this water is also interesting - it's there because the Andreas Fault is just below! There are some easy hiking trails so this is... More 

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Big Bear Region, California
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112 reviews 112 reviews
28 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We loved this place. It is such a unique place - a true oasis in the middle of the desert surrounded by dense palm trees. You can just imagine what it would have been like traveling across this barren desert and coming upon this pool of water - truly a life saver. Be sure to hike to the larger pool... More 

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milpitasca
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253 reviews 253 reviews
75 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Didn't see anything worth stopping for. Saw lots of people walking around in the desert with a ranger seeing what - I don't know!

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Willamette Valley, Oregon
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

the little cabin was interesting due to its construction and age. The easiest hikes are just walks through the flat desert out to a small oasis. In my opinion, nothing special.

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Hampton, New Jersey, USA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

WARNING - You won't find any hours on their website or anywhere else for that matter. The hours are 7-5 and the visitor's center closes at 4. In addition, there is no sign on Ramon, the main road, to indicate a left turn onto the entrance road. The parking lot starts filling up between 4:30 and 5:00 with visitors who... More 

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Vilseck, Germany
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

It was a essy hike to palm oasis and to walk around the San Andreas fault. It can be a short half hour hike/ walk or longer on multiple trails if you like.

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West Covina, California, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I have been thinking about visiting the preserve for quiet some time and finally got around to do so. From the visitor center we took the Mc Callum trail for an easy two mile roundtrip hike which takes you two an oasis with a little pond in the middle of the dessert. There are picnic tables at the oasis as... More 

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NW Washington State
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Birding walks with Mark are excellent. You get close up looks at 2 oases, learn about the plants and trees and see a dozen or more local bird varieties. Plus get a little exercise. A palm oasis is pretty unique and unusual in the US, this is an easy way to get a closeup look. Interesting historical cabin too. The... More 

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