Coachella Valley Preserve

Coachella Valley Preserve, Palm Springs: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Coachella Valley Preserve Reviews: 4.5/5

Coachella Valley Preserve
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Deserts
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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Elena O
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Jun 2021 • Family
It’s nice but wouldn’t travel 🧳 for it if you like dry places then yes there is shade some palm trees the waterfalls are dry. It was okay I live here so it’s something to do but I would not travel here. Rather go somewhere like Tahoe or Yosemite for hikes. Restaurants around are okay palm
Springs is in definitely needs work money 💰 invested. Palm desert is okay if you like golfing eating and spas . But that is it! Def not super exciting nor place where you come to shop not many stores. Some shops but nothing to drive for .. they need to spruce this place up a lot add more to it.
Written July 29, 2021
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Kimberly Us
Palm Desert, CA149 contributions
See a Desert Oasis
Nov 2020
See a desert oasis! The pond and surrounding plants are fed by groundwater. Most of us read about oasis but never see them in real life. The Coachella Valley climate is similar to ancient Mesopotamia--that's why we can grow dates. Take your 6th grader here so they can "see" ancient history. It also offers good hiking trails although many of them are hot and unshaded so don't go in the hot months (go Oct-April).
Written July 23, 2021
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dnaleciz
Moreno Valley, CA256 contributions
Hiking at its best
May 2021
After spending several hours exploring Cathedral City, we went over to the neighboring city of Thousand Palms to see what it had to offer. Located the Thousand Palm Oasis Preserve – Coachella Valley Preserve. This delightful oasis offers free admission and plenty of parking. Dogs are not allowed. This is Palm Tree heaven. The San Andreas fault line runs across the area and pushes groundwater to surface. Perfect for the California fan palms. There must be literally thousands of palm trees in this 20,000+ acres preserve. Located in the center of the preserve, is the Paul Wilhelm Grove, home of the Preserve’s visitor’s center. Tourist can visit the rustic “Palm House (Visitor Center) to learn about the San Andreas Fault and the Palm Oasis. Information pamphlets are available as well as a knowledgeable staff who will assists you. Maps of the preserve and trails are also available. Guided hikes can be arranged at the Center. The preserve has five hiking trails including the McCallum, Hidden Palms, Moon Country, Pushawalla Palms, and Willis Palms trails. Twenty-five miles of hiking trails wind through the oasis and cover a few different ecosystems ranging from sand dunes, mountain canyons, or dried up riverbeds. They are rated easy to moderate. The hike from the visitor center to the McCallum Pond at the Thousand Palms Oasis is a flat easy trail and covers two-mile roundtrip. The trail is on a raised wooden pathway winding through thick vegetation. Located along the trail one will observe several ponds, with the endangered pupfish and other wildlife in residence. Situated around McCallum Pond are several benches, the perfect spot for a picnic lunch prior to heading back to the “Palm House Visitor Center”. A great easy hiking trail, with lots of options for additional hiking. Ideal trails for all levels of hikers. Perfect location for spending time observing wildlife and enjoying an afternoon picnic with the family.
Written June 1, 2021
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JulesfromIowa
Cedar Rapids, IA225 contributions
An oasis preserved
Apr 2021
So much fun to see an actual oasis. It sounds like I've never been out of Kansas. I have in fact been to many continents. I just needed to head to California to see the oasis! And beautiful palms, growing in a natural state.
Written May 6, 2021
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Brian E
Santa Rosa, CA294 contributions
A hidden gem in the middle of the desert
Apr 2021
If you are anywhere near the Coachella Valley, then definitely add this to your itinerary. While it isn't always open, try to time your visit so that you can hike into the oasis nestled amidst the palms. And, if you have extra time, factor in hiking some of the many trails that encircle it in the desert. They range from short to long, so be sure to bring water. Still, the highlight was the oasis itself, which flows one way from a crack caused by the San Andreas Fault. I can only imagine what it felt like for the first human to discover this abundance of shade and fresh water.
Written April 22, 2021
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Rosanne211
California28 contributions
Great Winter trip using a VRBO and hiking the Coachella Valley Preserve Oasis
Feb 2021 • Family
This Preserve has a nice mix of flat hiking with some climbs to get great views. We hiked thru the vegetation then up Squaw Hill with a 4 year old and a 1 year old. We were staying at a VRBO in Indio also with good walking, a play structure and a pool. Just perfect.
Written March 2, 2021
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
What a beautiful Oasis
Feb 2020
We went to see the Coachella Valley Preserve. We had to walk to it and that was great for walking for the day.

When we arrived there were a lot of palm trees and water in the mist of the palm trees. This was the Oasis.

It was so beautiful!

We could see the mountain as well.

We loved this place.

A must see!
Written December 13, 2020
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IndySig
Indianapolis, IN3,689 contributions
Three hikes in two days
Dec 2020 • Couples
We did three separate hikes in two days at the Coachella Valley Preserve. I will warn you to be very cautious when parking along the road to get to the trails as the trucks and cars fly by on this street has of the road. The McCollum trail takes you by the visitor center, which is closed, but you can still hike the trail through the palm forest. The oasis at the end of the trail is closed for rehabilitation, but it’s still a good 2 mile loop walk.

The second day we hiked the hidden Palm trail and then across the road to the palms nestled into the hillside. A great day of hiking, well marked trails and people were respectful and were masked and kept their distance.
Written November 30, 2020
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384deano
Greater London, UK147 contributions
It is not even midnight and you will love this oasis
Aug 2019
It is an historic stop in the Coachella Valley - each visit you discover something remarkable. Even during the evil hot of June through early September the glorious trees offer the canapy and shade. A great hiking area. Please be respectful of it natural beauty.
Written May 5, 2020
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
The gorgeous San Andreas Springs Oasis,Salton
Jan 2020
We hiked to the Andreas Springs Oasis. Once we were at the San Andreas Springs Oasis, we had lots of water. We could swim in it, but we didn't.

There were palm trees as well.

I was amazed that there was water in the desert.

We also saw a mountain from far away. Gorgeous!
Written April 27, 2020
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