Indian Canyons
Indian Canyons
4.5
Historic SitesAncient RuinsCanyons
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
See what travelers are saying
  • REDMONDRIDGESUE
    Redmond, Washington17 contributions
    Can't Begin To Describe How Beautiful It Is.
    Indian Canyons is up the hill from Palm Springs, and a world away. Like a national park, you pay at the entrance, and have 3 parking lots to choose from. Each parking lot has an easy, beautiful oasis hike available, along with harder hikes. We chose easy and beautiful, hiking Andrea, Murray, and Palm canyons, each around 2 miles. March, with the temperatures in the seventies, was perfection, with spring flowers and grasses. There are lovely picnic spots and respectable Sani-cans at the parking areas. Plan to spend the whole day! You need to leave by 5 p.m. And plan to wade through creeks. My hiking sandals did great.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 9, 2023
  • caifan86
    Edmonton, Canada10 contributions
    A Must-Do in Palm Springs
    The visit to Indian Canyons was one of the highlights of our Palm Springs trip. It includes three different canyons - Palm, Andreas and Murray, and each canyon has multiple trails to choose from. If you want to join ranger-led hikes (included in the admission), come on Friday through Sunday. We joined a ranger for the Palm Canyon trail and learned mainly about plants that were useful to the Cahuilla Indians. This trail, or at least the short loop that we took, is fairly well shaded. I wish we'd brought a towel to dry our feet after crossing the creek; we did find a spot to cross over rocks on our way back but it was not for everyone.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 4, 2023
  • Yolanda S
    Winnipeg, Canada331 contributions
    Fun Hike, Beautiful Scenery
    We chose a mild, sunny day to drive up to Indian Canyons, ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Indians. We lucked into a parking spot in the smallish lot at the Trading Post. There is also an overflow lot. We hiked down Palm Canyon, the world’s largest California Fan Palm oasis. It was a moderately easy foot path down the canyon, with a few tricky spots, about a 2 mile round trip. Signage was a bit sketchy. There was lots of shade under the palms, but it did get hot by the afternoon. Just a long enough hike to be fun, rather than tiring. The scenery was lovely, from the palms and streams, to rock formations and desert. We stopped in at the Trading Post after, and they have some takeout food, as well as souvenirs, Indian art, crafts, rocks, books, etc and restrooms.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 10, 2023
  • Elaine H
    Syracuse, Indiana108 contributions
    Breath-taking Indian Canyons
    We spent an afternoon at Indian Canyons and found just what we wanted: easy hikes, enormous palms along flowing streams, perfect picture- taking spots. We are in our 70's, and Indian Canyons was a great place for one of us to sit and enjoy the desert while the other took the hikes and the photos. We started at the Trading Post site and drove back (near the entrance) to Andreas Canyon. Clearly, however, there is more serious hiking available for those who wish. This is a spot for all ages (children were having lots of fun) and all fitness levels. My only complaint was that, for the first-timer, the brochure wasn't very helpful. Suggested hikes for different levels would be good. And, the driving signage was too small. Fortunately, the Trading Post staff and a ranger gave us the info we needed.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 28, 2023
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.5
1,619 reviews
Excellent
1,191
Very good
370
Average
40
Poor
7
Terrible
11

a canadian abroad
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Couples
The place looks lovely, but be warned that this site has discretion over when they do and do not want to allow guests in. The location was busy and we waited 30 min to get to the front of the line to get a ticket to pay $24 to enter. When we got to the front of the line we were told that they were closing for 60-90 minutes. It’s frustrating, but it’s fine. Just sharing the information so folks can make an informed choice on whether you want to risk coming. If I were to do it again I would come earlier in the day to avoid a closure like this
Written December 28, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Eric K
Papillion, NE205 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
The trip to the Indian Canyons is very special. Driving in you appreciate the the desert landscape and how hard a life it would be to live there but once you get to the visitors center and look down into the Valley you can feel the uniqueness of this place. As you walk down into the canyon with its stream and palm trees you are struck by its beauty.

I can’t recommend a trip to this place enough.
Written January 30, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tricia
Dallas, TX71 contributions
Jun 2022
I visited on a Monday in June, the day after I ran a marathon, while there was an excessive heat warning and 103 degree temps after lunch. It's the day I was in Palm Springs, so I carried on with plenty of water. Entry fee was $12, and the woman at the gate actually asked me if I had water. Sure do! I drove about 2 slow miles to Palm Canyon first, which includes driving between 2 large boulders. My compact rental fit through fine. I arrived at Palm Canyon.... SO. MANY. PALMSSSSSSSSSS! It was amazing. I had the entire place to myself, which was only a bummer when there was literally no one to take a picture of me with the curvy palm tree. A tripod might be a wise little investment for me. Anyway, then I drove over to Andreas Canyon Trailhead for that 1 mile loop. Parking was easy at both locations, because it was incredibly hot and everyone was probably in AC somewhere. The loop on the right side of the stream has a ton of palm trees and shade, but the other side coming back is farther from the stream, no shade, no palm trees, lots of sun. It's also not super obvious to follow the trail, but it's mostly straight out, over the stream, and straight back, so keep that in mind and you'll be fine.
Written June 10, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

bverbos
Milwaukee, WI213 contributions
Feb 2020
Indian Canyons are located about 5 miles south of downtown Palm Springs. There is a $9 charge to enter which gives you access to 3 nice hikes and a gift shop. The featured hike is Palm Canyon and it is beautiful. The total hike is about 9 miles but the first 2 miles are the what is done by most visitors and are mostly in the shade of hundreds of palm trees. The other two hikes are also nice. If you have never experienced hiking through a grove of palms this will be a great experience for you.
Written February 18, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Shawn L
Chestermere, Canada253 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
This was our second visit to the Indian Canyons. There are several different hiking trails available. This is a state park so there is an entrance fee per person. ($9 per adult).

Once you enter you can go right to the ranger station or turn left to head towards other hiking trails. All are mapped out for you (online and in the paper map you get at the gate).

There are bathrooms located at the start of a couple trails. Watch this carefully to make sure if you need one you will in know where it is. There are no bathrooms at the end of the trails or along them.

If you are looking for a nice easy pace hike, try either Andreas or Murray Canyon. Both have great views and are very enjoyable for all.

It can get very hot! Make sure you pack plenty of water. When your water is half done it is time to turn around and head back.

Hiking sticks and trail shoes definitely help.

Lots of advanced trail options as well.

A great place for amazing hikes and breathtaking views!
Written March 17, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Michellereneelove
Chaska, MN213 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
We were reluctant to go because of the cost, there are many places to hike in the area at no cost. But the terrain was easy and the views were spectacular!

Tips: If you have students in your group, they must have their IDs to get the substantial discount. Pack a lunch, but then get an inexpensive snack at the gift shop. Also, the gift shop has very reasonably price souvenirs.
Written January 2, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Yolanda S
Winnipeg, Canada331 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
We chose a mild, sunny day to drive up to Indian Canyons, ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Indians. We lucked into a parking spot in the smallish lot at the Trading Post. There is also an overflow lot. We hiked down Palm Canyon, the world’s largest California Fan Palm oasis. It was a moderately easy foot path down the canyon, with a few tricky spots, about a 2 mile round trip. Signage was a bit sketchy. There was lots of shade under the palms, but it did get hot by the afternoon. Just a long enough hike to be fun, rather than tiring. The scenery was lovely, from the palms and streams, to rock formations and desert. We stopped in at the Trading Post after, and they have some takeout food, as well as souvenirs, Indian art, crafts, rocks, books, etc and restrooms.
Written April 10, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

travelingfamily4Ma
MA715 contributions
Jan 2023
We came to Indian Canyon for some hiking on a Thursday in January. If you are a student or first responder you get a discount. Unfortunately we saw the sign too late, but have your ID if you are either of those! It was $12 per adult to get in. Our plan was to do the Victor Trail/Palm Canyon loop which was 2.7 miles. We parked in the overflow lot as we got there around 10:30 and the regular lot was full. This was good though because out trail started from the end of the overflow lot. We did the trail in a clockwise direction. As we started the trail you walk downhill and cross the stream. This was a little challenging as the water was really flowing and we had to find a spot to cross without getting our feet wet. I’m sure this was just because of the recent rain. Once across the hike was in the full sun and mostly uphill- definitely broke a sweat, but it was not overly challenging and the trail was well marked. We had some great views of the snow capped mountains. Once we got done with the Victor Trail portion we joined up with the Palm Canyon portion. This part of the hike was downhill and in the shade. It was absolutely stunning with palms, water flowing- breathtaking. At the end of the hike you go uphill to the Trading Post. We were lucky that while we were up there, there were 3 mountain goats on the mountain across from the parking lot- that was a very special sight. It was a very nice 1/2 day of hiking. I would definitely recommend this area hiking!
Written January 20, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ykw818
New York City, NY4 contributions
Nov 2021
Absolutely gorgeous view of an oasis in the middle of a desert. We hiked the Andreas Canyon and Murray Canyon trails, while briefly seeing the Palm Canyon trail. All of the waterfalls were dry since we went in November. The Murray Canyon trails were full of horse poop since the trail was shared by horses and humans. While some parts separate foot traffic from horse traffic, that's not the case in most of the trail. That's why I took off a star. The park rangers were extremely friendly and helpful. They know the park well.
Pro tip: The ticket booth for Indian Canyons is 38520 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. If you want to hike Tahquitz Canyon, the ticket sales is at the Agua Caliente visitor center and that's a separate entrance fee.
Written November 28, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Zoom_Gotti
Henderson, NV1,555 contributions
Mar 2022
The entry way to this remarkably preserved ecosystem is just south of downtown Palm Springs. There is a paid admittance required; but it was well worth it. My first shot was at Andreas Canyon loop trail, a palm draped creek area on one side, a smooth ridge line on the other. Though it's a relatively short loop, you might want to take some extra time to explore the creek bed as well as the open areas on top. There's several parking lot options plus picnic space. If it's busy, a ranger will probably be directing traffic. Aside from this trail, there are other hiking options at this site. So check the various trailhead signs and decide if you want to allow for more exploring here. I'll tell you you can even walk to the Palm Canyon trail or connect to the West Fork for a rugged day experience. But to see more quickly, drive out and turn toward the Trading Post parking area. There is overflow parking both before and to the left of the site. Weekends, holidays would make these lots good options. You can access the Palm Canyon trail by heading down into the canyon from the Trading Post or the overflow lot. Trail junctions are signed. A roundtrip hike along the Palm Canyon trail would go about 7 miles, mostly in the shade of the fronds. But you could do variations off of this trail. The recommended variation is following Palm Canyon to the Victor Trail junction. Then ascend the ridgeline and follow the Victor back into the overflow lot. For a lengthier loop, drop off the Victor at the Vandeventer junction, ascend, and connect in just over 2 miles to the Fern Canyon leading back to the parking. the Trading Post offers basic souvenirs and some refreshments. I couldn't find any potable drinking water other than Perrier. There are several portable toilets. Just next to them is a short trail to West Fork Falls. Should you meander down, take note that you might have to step up on some boulders to see the actual falls. Otherwise, you'll just hear them.
Written March 7, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 1,503
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Indian Canyons, Palm Springs

Frequently Asked Questions about Indian Canyons



Indian Canyons Information

Excellent Reviews

1,191

Very Good Reviews

370

Indian Canyons Photos

1,111