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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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Under appreciated park.

I have MS and must choose my activities carefully, including concerns about heat. This was a perfect 2 mile hike from the oasis to the pond and back again. Saw interesting... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Troy, Michigan
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Troy, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

I have MS and must choose my activities carefully, including concerns about heat. This was a perfect 2 mile hike from the oasis to the pond and back again. Saw interesting things, including the San Andreas Fault, zebra tail lizard, fringed toed lizard and heard the call of a burrowing owl. Wished I had gotten there earlier for a morning... More 

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Mecca, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

What a great opportunity to see the desert as it was before the decades of luxury leisure development. A natural oasis that allows you to imagine the earliest people living in the desert.

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Bottineau, North Dakota, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Quite interesting to see the palms and oasis the available water allows to grow. Took the half mile hike. Did see some quail along the trail.

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Bothell, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Fascinating walk among the oasis foliage in the desert. Definitely worth a stop as you can either do a short visit or you can hike the trails further. The walking trails are well marked and maintained.. nothing too strenuous but do take into consideration the time of day and the heat. We walked to the pond and back... probably stayed... More 

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South Bend, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I wasn't sure what to expect with a desert hike, but was pleasantly surprised to discover and learn all that this area had to offer. Warning - even in winter bring lots of water to drink - the dry heat and hike you expend more energy and get dehydrated easily. Large native Palm trees - named Washingtonian Palms produce 350... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The visitor centre looks like a rustic log cabin. Easy trail to an oasis where it is possible to spot red swamp crayfish. You can also stand on the San Andreas Fault.

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Mission, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We were the first ones there after about a 15min ride from Palm desert.signed the guest book at then was given a very informative talk about the area. The volunteers were very good. There is a box for donations as park entrance and parking are free. The walk to morgen pond was about 30 min of flat walking,once there ther... More 

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Calgary, AB
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This is well worth a visit. It's free to get in (although donations are encouraged) and the palm trees are unbelievable. They are absolutely huge and it feels surreal as you walk the trails and go from desert to dense, shady forest. Some hikes are short enough to be enjoyed by young children too.

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South Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Went early in the morning before the day for too hot. The California pain trees were beautiful to see. This is desert country. Did not see any animals. Did get to see a few birds. What I really liked about this v park is seeing the trees in there natural environment. They are lovely to see along the manicured streets.... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This place - which has no admission fee - has some of the best volunteer docents in the entire USA! The signature trail is beautiful and informative, and quite an easy walk. It is level but not stroller/wheelchair friendly because the sand is soft. We want to return when it's not 100 degrees so we can hike the longer Willis... More 

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