Coachella Valley Preserve
Coachella Valley Preserve
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Deserts
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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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Jo W
Parksville, Canada41 contributions
Mar 2023 • Friends
We went for an easy hike on one of the trails at the Coachella valley preserve, from the visitor centre there. We had a good view from the viewpoint there.
This was a stress free way of getting a feel for the desert.
Written March 22, 2023
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Ashley
Saint Paul, MN828 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
We visited the preserve and did the 2 mile hike on a weekday. It was relatively busy. The volunteers were incredibly smart and helpful. We enjoyed the odd nature of the hike: through a few palm oases and mostly exposed desert sun. It was unique and worth the drive!
Written March 19, 2023
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alolson2016
Cortland, IL94 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
Many trails to hike.. but the trail to visitor center was closed, for 2 days. I’m guessing Presidents Day holiday. We opted for a the Willis Palms trail about 1/2 mile to the East. It was marked and a fairly easy hike, approximately 2 miles round trip, to the fan palms, but not the loop. Not stroller or wheelchair accessible. Too sandy.
Written March 12, 2023
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joaniemaria
Eldridge, IA2,266 contributions
Mar 2023 • Family
We hiked for about an hour. Took the McCollum trail out and 1000 palms trail back. These trails were flat and sandy. We walked the boardwalk through the large fan palm trees. They are really amazing. We parked on the side of the road and walked into the park. There are more trails to explore in this area and we will return.
Written March 8, 2023
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bikefan54
Leland, NC54 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
The Preserve is a beautiful area . It is truly an oasis in the desert and unlike anything I have ever seen. We went on a Sunday morning and were lucky enough to talk with 3 different docents about the area, birds and other wildlife there. Happy to learn that snakes were still in hibernation! The hike is Easy which takes you through the Thousand Palms Oasis and out to McCallum Pond. Parking was along the road because the road into the parking lot for the Preserve was closed. We didn’t have to park too far away,but we were there early. The Preserve is closed on Monday and Tuesday so keep that in mind when making plans to visit. Highly recommend.
Written March 5, 2023
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RoadsTakenWillmar_MN
Willmar, MN59 contributions
Mar 2022
We went here several years ago with elementary school age grandsons. Thee is plenty to see and the walk is interesting without being tiring. Parking is somewhat limited.
Written February 20, 2023
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dmhLondon
London, UK258 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
An easy interesting circular walk of about 2 1/2 miles. It can get busy so choose your time. It’s fully shaded in the palm oasis area but not out in the open on the rest of the path. I’ve graded this as 4 star as Simone’s pond (McCallum pond) was locked off and inaccessible due to staff shortages. This seems a regular occurrence which is a shame as it would be the highlight of the preserve.

Parking in on the verge on the road outside but there is plenty of room and no restriction.
Written February 20, 2023
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Julie K
Osseo, MN18 contributions
Feb 2023
Plenty of paths to take and see the interesting topography of the valley. Easy walk/hike. Unfortunately, they are experiencing a shortage of staff while we were there. Basically you are walking through sand for a great deal of the desert plain. It was ok, but not much to see. The actual closed visitor center is surrounded by a palm covered marsh where you are on a boardwalk for a good portion of it. It’s a pretty small area of the preserve, but interesting. Bathrooms by the visitor center were clean. Picnic tables for a lunch in the palms.
Written February 15, 2023
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Paradise37981584923
Oceanside, CA9 contributions
Feb 2023
The visitor center is closed, they have a sign saying they need staff, port o poddies have a nasty stench you need to hold your noise, I saw a turd on the floor, disgusting! The pond is closed, bushes are thorns and brown, the only birds we saw were giant crows who never stop squawking! Parking lot is closed you have to park on a busy street and run across to get to the large parking lot and walk in. This place should be closed!
The trail to the San Andreas fault is dry with tumbleweeds and thorn bushes and looks like a rattlesnake delight. It's very dangerous for the over 80 crowd we saw visiting. Either clean it up or shut this nasty!
Written February 10, 2023
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Russ855
Palm Springs, CA416 contributions
Feb 2023
This is a lovely example of a palm oasis that is easily accessed from the Palm Springs area. While there is adequate interpretation, it is a bit run-down. Given staffing shortages parts might be closed without warning. The parking lot was shut so everybody had to park along the shoulder of the road. There was not a lot of staff to point you in the right direction. Oddly enough, there was no interpretation of the San Andreas Fault as part of the displays. The signage is incredibly poor, and there are no mile or distance markers included anywhere. A temporary sign saying the Simone Pond is closed means what? Are other things accessible? Which one is the Simone Pond? And so forth. There was nobody to ask besides other visitors who seemed bewildered. That being said, the environment on good weather days is lovely. The boardwalks can get a little muddy so wear decent shoes. It seems like an ideal birdwatching area if you got there early in the morning when it opened. There were picnic tables near the visitor center. There were no amenities including water. Bring your own bottled water. I would still recommend dropping in. It would be great if there was a phone number to call to tell you what would be open on any given day.
Written February 9, 2023
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