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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 #6 of 46 Attractions in Palm Springs
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Deserts, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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, Outdoors
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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Pine Beach, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

A real desert oasis is the highlight of this nature preserve. The palm trees are the largest I have ever seen in my life! There are plenty of hiking trails to choose from and great views of spectacular desert landscape. We were there the first week in November and the weather was perfect. A small donation fee gains you entrance.... More 

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Carmel, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

13,000 acre preserve, nice visitor center and helpful staff. No fee but they like a small donation, give one! There are trails of different lengths, short stroll, 2,4 and 6 milers. Highlight are the palm oasis areas of which there are several. I did a wonderful 4 mile hike, modest elevation, well marked. A great morning.

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santa fe, new mexico
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Interesting exhibits and great staff. Enjoyed the experience and would return. Wonderful mid century building.

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Rancho Mirage, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Desert Oasis, a bit crowded in the winter months, summers however if you can put up with the ehat you will see quite a bit of small wildlife.Birds, Rodents and Reptiles. The oasis is along the San Andreas Fault, if you know your geology you can spot evidence.

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JACKSONVILLE
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Being from the cool, green Northeast, I have always been intrigued by the desert: The polar opposite of where I hail from. And oasies in particular seem wondrous to me. So when in Southern CA a few months ago I had a free weekend and decided it was time to experience an oasis myself, up close and personal. After doing... More 

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Foster City, California
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203 reviews 203 reviews
54 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

This area gives you a good appreciation for what the area was like before all the building and irrigation was installed. There is a small visitor center and the host was very helpful, patient and nice. The park is sustained through contributions and well worthy of support. Walking through the palm oasis was very interesting, not what my mind pictured... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

The owl walk was more of a walk and listening to the guide talk about herself. The guide was interested in bats, so we spent a great deal of time looking at bats at the oasis. The gift shop closes right at 4pm so get there early. You can get post cards for a donation. The oasis was amazing to... More 

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Orange County, CA
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13 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I spent an afternoon with friends in this very interesting park. The preserve offers multiple trails. There are large stands of palm trees, with a stream, that gives a sense of how the area got it's name. This is very similar to the stand in Indian Canyon, but there's no entry fee to this preserve.

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Monrovia, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Arriving at the visitors center we were greeted by a very helpful guide, giving us a little lecture of the place. Walking along an oasis of Fan palms as they are called, the only original Palm trees left in the US and only found in Palm Springs. Also this is where you will find and experience walking along the San... More 

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Berlin, Connecticut
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The main part of the preserve is in an oasis and the visitor center is in an old homestead building. There are hiking trails to enjoy.

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