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“Pretty location, rustic” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Coachella Valley Preserve

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
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.
Edmonton, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
26 attraction reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Pretty location, rustic”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

This opportunity to experience a natural oasis in the desert does not take long and is worth the time. The Palm trees are left in their natural state and there are some interesting exhibits in the visitor's center, which is a log cabin built in the early part of the last century. Pictures of some of the wildlife that visits the oasis and information about the geology and ecology of the oasis is available. There are a variety of hikes from 5-10 minute walks through the oasis, to longer hikes along the San Andreas Fault and into the surrounding desert.

Visited November 2013
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Mission Viejo, CA
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9 attraction reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Easy walk to the Palm Grove, keep going for more!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

We were here a couple of weekends ago to visit and found this to be a great little place. The Visitors Center/Palm House was very interestesting, made of palm logs and it has all kinds of historical information. From there, you walk through one palm grove (amazing that there is water there) and up an easy path, sometimes sandy, to McCallum Pond. Very interesting also that the temperature was so much cooler around the palm groves. From there we took the Moon Country trail, the loop portion, not the 'tail' at the end. It had some moderate inclines, but generally it was easy. Part of the time you are walking on hard dirt with loose rock and sometimes in sand. And there is no shade at all on the Moon Country hike. Bring plenty of water, wear a hat - after all, this is the desert! It was 89 degrees by the end of our hike and we were glad we had started on the early side. There are great views from the higher points on the trail. We really enjoyed our walk/hike. It took us around 1.5 hours. There were a few times we had to make sure we were on the trail as it was not as well marked as we would have liked. But we had a map with us which helped so get one for the price of a small donation at the Visitors Center. The only restrooms are at the Visitors Center. We will definitely be back!

Visited November 2013
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Richmond, Va
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Great Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

My wife and I went on one of the free guided hikes along the McCallum Trail (2-3 miles?). There were five of us plus the guide. We had a great time, primarily because of all of the information provided by the guide. Otherwise it would have been a very nice hike but not nearly as interesting. The oasis made for a great destination point. Check the web site for when guided hikes are available.

Visited October 2013
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Marion, Iowa
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Highly recommended for easy hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

While we both run 5Ks, my wife and I are not big time hikers. This hike was very well marked, very flat and easy terrain. That being said, it was an interesting desert hike since it includes the desert Oasis where water has been forced up along the fault lines. It is really neat to see a true Oasis up close. If you hike up to the highest point in the trail, you get a great view of the greater palm spring's area.

If you are planning on going, arrive when the visitor center is open so you can purchase a trial map (for a $1 donation). Of course, bring water and depending upon the time of the year you may wish to go early to avoid the heat.

Visited September 2013
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Pitt Meadows, Canada
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6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Unexpected Oasis!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

We decided to drive up and check it out without much information about the place. Plenty of parking space. We walked down to the Palm house and read all about the oasis and the trails and animals. Very unexpected to see so much water. Great experience. Highly recommend a walk around the oasis.

Visited October 2013
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