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Coachella Valley Preserve

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“mccallum trail”(34 reviews)
“an oasis”(56 reviews)
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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29200 Thousand Palms Canyon Road, Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA
+1 760-343-1234
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We loved the trails and signage was very good. Lots of warnings about increased rattlesnake activity and to drink lots of water! These trails are fairly easy, just long and hot, so be prepared. We got over 10,000 steps in by 10AM, so that was...More

Thank L R
Reviewed 3 days ago

A visit to Palm Springs isn't complete for me without a walk/hike through this visually stunning and interesting preserve; even on a day with 110 F degree temperatures an early stroll is possible. The trails are well marked and maintained, signs are plentiful, and benches...More

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's not every day that you get to walk through a real oasis. So it was pretty cool to have had the opportunity to do that. As we walked along we were amazed by how marshy the area was, which was right in the middle...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I can’t believe there’s an oasis so close to Palm Desert and on the San Andreas fault line. Admission is free - but they do ask for a donation. There are a few hikes available. They have interpretive guide markers along the trails. The trails...More

Thank PrincessDumpling
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Interesting place for natural history of California formation with the San Andreas fault underneath. Unique spring ponds found due to seismic activity opening up the earth below. Nice walkways around different parts. There are some ponds farther out from the nice visitor center but only...More

Thank Fallcolorfool
Reviewed July 23, 2018

Yes, there is such a thing as an oasis. There are two main sections. Make sure you walk the entire preserve. The distance between the sections is worth the walk.

Thank LeoW_DavidR
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

Seeing the San Andreas Fault Line running along the valley floor where it meets the Little San Bernardino Mtns is incredibly powerful! A docent told us where ever you see green shrubs, trees and palms, you see the San Andreas! A short moderate climb up...More

Thank Redgyone1
Reviewed July 13, 2018

Nice place for a walk and an oasis in the middle of the desert, close of the Coachella Polo Club, local of the music festival, i had a nice day in both places.

Thank julioheller
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Best to pass on the preserve in the height of summer heat, but for nine months of the year the preserve is a treasure for visitors. Learn about early settlers in a restored cabin that now serves as the visitor center. Explore several native palm...More

Thank jaimep959
Reviewed July 6, 2018 via mobile

I enjoyed my visit here. The sounds and sights are beautiful! I also found the staff very welcoming. If you are going in the summer, arrive early as it is obviously hot to hike through. I didn’t see any snakes but we did see lots...More

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Nina F
May 28, 2018|
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Response from Jeff D | Reviewed this property |
No. Walk right in for free. They do accept donations to support cause.
Maja T
January 31, 2018|
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Response from Gypsy C | Reviewed this property |
This is a wild animal preserve, so dogs are definitely NOT allowed.
Debbie M
January 13, 2018|
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Response from TerryMPS | Reviewed this property |
Coachella Preserve not good for strollers. When you enter the palm grove, there are steps of varying heights leading down to the boardwalk. Not at all conducive to strollers. A better possibility would be Whitewater... More