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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 #5 of 65 Attractions in Palm Springs
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Deserts, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Viewing foliage
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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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Monrovia, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

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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Barnhart, Missouri
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We came across the Thousand Palms Preserve while looking for something to do. Visiting the preserve is free; however, they request a $5 donation for parking. Well worth it. This is a gem in the desert. There is a trail that you can walk to McCallum Pond, an oasis with Washingtonia Fan Palms, cottonwood trees, water, and wildlife. Although we... More

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San Diego, California, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Very nice rather primitive visitors center. I would like to take more time to visit the area. The palms make for nice shade walking.

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Sedona, Arizona
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59 reviews 59 reviews
12 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Well we didn't expect it to be in the 90s but it was so we are our lunch under the palms at the visitor center! You can take a nice break here, eat your lunch on the picnic tables and enjoy the birds above you! Be sure to go to the visitor center , get a map and enjoy info... More

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

AKA Thousand Palms Oasis. Go to Visitor Center for directions This is a FREE attraction, a natural oasis on the San Andreas fault, Palms, water, reeds. Moses not included. One oasis near parking, another about a 1 mile hike through desert. Hike probably not for small children. Don't miss this one!

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Hermosa Beach, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Huge old palms grow together and form shady grottos, there is a primordial feel to the place despite human interference.

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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
23 helpful votes 23 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
40 helpful votes 40 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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