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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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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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Early morning

Arrived at 06:30 to make the most of the cooler hours, we were greeted by 2 of the guides that happened to be maintaining the car parking area. Spoke to them briefly about the... read more

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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Arrived at 06:30 to make the most of the cooler hours, we were greeted by 2 of the guides that happened to be maintaining the car parking area. Spoke to them briefly about the geography of the oasis and got some tips for our trail route. Down at the visitor centre there were 2 more guides who were also happy... More 

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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went with our three kids (ages 10-7) at 4.30pm thinking that it would be a cooler time of day to visit. In retrospect, should've gone a little later still as it was extremely hot. The walk itself is not long but given the extreme heat it felt longer. Take hats, sunscreen and plenty of water. Can't emphasise the latter... More 

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Cathedral City
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

The Coachella Valley Preserve system is an 880-acre oasis in the middle of the desert here. it is a sustainable habitat for plants, reptiles, animals fed by water which bubbles up from cracks along the San Andreas Fault which meanders through the preserve. Depending on the time of year, it is a photographer's Dream and a Bird watcher's delight. Any... More 

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San Anselmo, CA, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

This is one of the last Oasis in the valley where you can get up close and appreciate what this area used to be like.

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palm springs, california
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

Doesn't require lots of time nor a guide, quite amazing all these trees in the middle of the desert. Recommend early in the day for visit as the day heats up later but plenty of shade. Bring water as no stores around for miles.

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Where can you find an oasis, the San Andreas fault, and a log cabin visitor's center? Go to Coachella Valley Preserve to find all 3 and more. In the last 1-1/2 years this has been our 3rd visit, and we've enjoyed each one -- the sweeping skyline, the well-marked hiking trails, the totem poles on the cabin and adjacent to... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

Like title says, this is the best natural oasis in the desert. Actually there are two oases in this Preserve. Left untrimmed unlike Indian Canyons in Palm Springs, this gives you an opportunity to see the beauty created by the San Andreas fault. A real treat. Avoid the tours going there as they dont show you anything. Go by yourself... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

Special place! There is the spectacular Thousand Palm Oasis which is fed by water seeping out of the San Andreas Fault. There are also several other Palm Oases, including the Willis, Hidden Horseshoe, and Indian Palms.

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Thank Codeedog
Palm Springs, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Out in the middle of the sand, yet not too far from the close in desert towns, this spot is a must see for anyone wishing to experience a classic desert oasis. Several stands of giant palm trees guard a year round watering hole that sustains wildlife in the desert. The interpretive center is well informed and the history of... More 

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De Pere, WI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

We visited the preserve twice and saw two different oasis. The abundance of plant life thriving in the desert is worth seeing.

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