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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 #8 of 64 attractions in Palm Springs
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Sacramento, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Incredible to see a palm tree oasis in the middle of a desert and that there is so much water! Nice gentle hike/walk that is well marked. Also can see where the San Andreas fault is!

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

A true oasis in the middle of the desert on top of the San Andreas fault. Coachella appears from the middle of nowhere like a proper mirage. Take the opportunity to walk round a couple of the loops and enjoy the serenity of the palms and the clarity of the water. Very few things this good are free....but this is... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

You must make the short trip to this gem in the desert. It was simply amazing to see this oasis of palms. Lots of nice hiking trails and friendly host as well. Do not miss this great spot.

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Los Angeles, CA
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We have heard of them in movies and lore, and now I have finally seen one in real life. The Coachella Valley Preserve is a genuine natural desert oasis with a natural grove of palm trees in a natural spring with salt grass, ash bushes and dye plants. Free admission and free parking.

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Kingston, Canada
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66 reviews 66 reviews
9 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful, free, volunteer based natural preserve. Hiking for all levels of experience, including the beginner, level 1, McCallum Trail. Much to see and learn on the self guided tour. Be sure to stop in the Visitor Centre to check out the many artifacts and specimens and pick up your free trail map. This is one place you will want to... More

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Burnaby BC
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52 reviews 52 reviews
7 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We visited twice here this year and enjoyed it both times. Well worth the short drive from Palm Springs to see the oases and hike in the desert.

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Portland, Oregon
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80 reviews 80 reviews
12 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

As other reviewers have mentioned, this is one of the best attractions in the area. A true oasis in the middle of the desert. Just like the ones you use to read about. The size of the palm trees are enormous and like nothing you have ever seen. Excellent scenery for picture taking. The volunteers appear to be very hard... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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98 reviews 98 reviews
48 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

We've been spending part of the winter in the Palm Springs area for a few years and have hiked almost all the trails South of I-10 (except Joshua Tree park). We spent a delightful morning here and enjoyed the beautiful scenery and the multitude of palm trees. It's only a short drive from anywhere in the desert cities and is... More

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Burlington, Vermont
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77 reviews 77 reviews
9 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Just a few minutes drive outside of Palm Desert/Palm Springs, the Thousand Palms Oasis is a remarkable hidden gem with hundreds of palm trees and a vibrant oasis. There is a short, easy 1-2 mile walk to another oasis. If there is a lot of rain, bring shoes that can get damp when scampering around either oasis. This is my... More

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Palm Springs, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

The word oasis gets thrown around a lot, but this is the real thing. Smack in the middle of arid desert you'll encounter near-jungle conditions within an easy walk. Special mention goes to their series of night hikes, which introduce a whole different side of the Coachella Valley, with bat activity and black-light scorpion hunts (no harming, just finding). Include... More

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