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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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Magical Desert and Oasis Experience

We went here for some birding, which was quite enjoyable but found ourselves enthralled by the beauty of the desert and the wonderful palms which have to be seen to be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 6, 2014
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Portland, United Kingdom
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109 reviews 109 reviews
33 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

We went here for some birding, which was quite enjoyable but found ourselves enthralled by the beauty of the desert and the wonderful palms which have to be seen to be believed. The walking was a real delight (though with usual warning about heat / sun etc). We did the short trek to the lovely pond on one walk and... More 

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Lake Country, Canada
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57 reviews 57 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Went for a 7:30 am birding walk with friends and we are now hooked! Our guide, Mark, was excellent giving history, nature info, and of course bird information. We saw 22 different species in the space of 2 1/2 hours including a Great Horned Owl roosting in the palms about 20 feet away from us. The walk would have been... More 

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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29 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Looking to take an easy hike? Don't miss this one. *The trails are easy and pretty much level and some are quite short. *Natural oasis is a rare treat. *Wonderful views of the surrounding areas. *Visit the nature center. *The volunteers have lots of interesting information. *

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

It's not fair to compare this to the Indian Palms, a well maintained canyon with palms and a trading post and a hefty entrance fee. If you want to experience the old desert, the way palms grow in natural oases caused by the convergence of 2 tectonic plates then this is the place. If you're lucky enough you may even... More 

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Montesano, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We enjoyed one of the shorter, level trails. Nice conversation with the volunteer docents and a lovely walk through the oasis. Natural and native palm trees makes this a must-see.

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Grand Rapids Michigan
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125 reviews 125 reviews
8 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Great spot for a hike. Beautiful desert views. Lovely little pond. Very historic and informative. Charming little visitor center. Be sure to get a map there.

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chagrin falls
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144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

So glad we took the time to search out this oasis. Started our hike at the nature center and was given a 10 minute tour and history lesson by one of the kind volunteers. She also gave us tips on where to hike and what to see. Make sure you bring waters, snacks and sunscreen. We did the short hike... More 

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Burlingame, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

This is a well maintaines and extremely interesting natural attraction that is very accessible to Palm Springs. Don't expect food for sale, and best to bring some water yourself. Very easy well-marked walks of various lengths with posted descriptions. We've been here many times and each time I learn something new. And its free!

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Reno Nevada
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110 reviews 110 reviews
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

I'm always looking for new palm canyons to explore and discovered this one. The preserve is free. There is a wonderful historic building that serves as a visitor center. There are a number of trails but we took a 2 mile or so (round trip) to a palm grove and pond. Sandy on the walk out. Very quiet and peaceful... More 

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San Francisco, California
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Nobody in town is aware of this gem- that sits right on the San Andreas Fault. An ancient palm oasis, with ponds that contain the endangered dogfish. And it's FREE! Managed by onsite volunteers, and there's a cute historical shack/museum. A great place to picnic! There are also trails to several other oases, the farthest is 20 miles.

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