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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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Best desert bloom scenery in April

We were fortunate to be coming through here in April, near the peak bloom, on a return trip from Phoenix. It was totally unplanned, but the perfect time, and I'd recommend that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Riverside, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were fortunate to be coming through here in April, near the peak bloom, on a return trip from Phoenix. It was totally unplanned, but the perfect time, and I'd recommend that entire scenic trip to anyone interested in seeing the complete array of desert flowers (starting or ending at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix). The blooms in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We found this a great place to visit, though it was very hot. It's free to park and to walk to the oasis and the trek is about a mile long. Extraordinary vegetation. Shade at the start and end of the walk. Take some water with you.

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Windsor, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

To get here you do have to do a tiny hike (about 2 mile) but it's very easy going and the reward on the way and at the end is worth it. This is such a scenic and beautiful walk. We went early morning to avoid the heat and crowds and it was the best decision we made peace and... More 

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Richmond, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in the desert. It is really worth a visit to enjoy to wonders of nature. The volunteers are very helpful and knowledgeable. Make sure you stay on the paths if you go exploring.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an amazing oasis! We did a two mile hike and got amazing views of the oasis. It was 117 degrees so we brought tons of water cause most of the hike you will be exposed to the sun. The guy at the visitor center explained the climate and geology to us. Very interesting! It does not cost anything to... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an oasis in the middle of the desert. From the visitor centre walk through palms and desert to the McCallum pond. The views are outstanding, this is a place of real natural beauty - take plenty of water with you, it will be hot!

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here to check out nature in the desert and was not disappointed. I was hoping to see some wildlife but I only caught a glimpse of some roadrunners and some tiny lizards. Overall the nature in the middle of the desert was great and best of all it was free.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went early in the morning and the weather was perfect. Take water and hats and wear good shoes. The trail to the oasis is about 2 miles round trip and mostly level. But much of it is out the open so it does get hot! The volunteer we spoke to in the visitor's center was very knowledgable and helpful.... More 

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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had planned a circular trip from Anaheim, to see as much as possible in one day and the San Andreas Fault was a must. The landscape makes it clear you are in the right general location, but whilst this reserve/park is a little hard to find, once there the oasis stands out in a wide expanse of desert. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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