Things to Do in Palm Springs

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Things to Do in Palm Springs

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  • Krishna M
    Houston, United States21 contributions
    It costs a bit to park and travel on the tramway. But the view is well worth it. It gives a glimpse of how a major town was developed in the middle of barren land! You can get a 360 degrees view, there is a little bit of climbing. The restaurant on the top is a shame and charge atrocious $$$ for mediocre food.
    Written September 9, 2022
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  • J P
    19 contributions
    This was by far one of the coolest hikes I'd ever done!

    However, I was disappointed to learn that they didn't open until 8 am. It gets very hot in Palm Springs so I tried to get there at 7 am to beat the heat of the day, but was turned away.
    Despite having to start a bit later in the day, it was a great experience! The photos on here just can't do the trails justice.

    I started at the Victor Trail at Palm Canyon and then did Andreas Canyon where there is some water falls. Both of the parking lots are very close to some of the most scenic areas of the hikes so if you can't walk far you can still enjoy the scenery!

    Pack lots of water! And fair warning- you will see a ton of lizards, but they leave you alone.
    Written July 25, 2022
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  • pinksurfer69
    Henderson, NV71 contributions
    fun way to kill an afternoon. it was VERY hot out the day we visited and didn't get a chance to check out all the outdoor planes but very informative inside.
    kinda bummed some of the planes were "closed" and could not enter them but overall a good time.
    Written September 5, 2022
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  • Joel T
    San Diego, CA2 contributions
    It was a gorgeous day up on the mountain. Temperatures were mild, winds were refreshing, the trail was light with people and once again...the summit was worth all of the work.
    Written August 30, 2022
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  • Hongkon
    Lions Bay, Canada264 contributions
    Short hiking trails through this small Preserve are offering a spectacular close look at these giants. The Ranger station, when staffed, is providing detailed info. The visit is absolutely worth it and free of charge.
    Written June 19, 2022
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  • Maryland traveler
    Olney, MD49 contributions
    This was an unexpected find on the trip. Note that it is free after 5 pm on Thursday and that allowed enough time to see everything.
    Written September 5, 2022
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  • Courtney D
    1 contribution
    In August, it’s HOT! Bring even more water than required. Wear a hat, sunglasses, bring your cooling towels. I came with my twelve year old daughter and we started at the 8 am guided walk with the ranger. He was fantastic! I honestly would recommend doing this early and with a guide. He was so helpful explaining both the Tahquitz history and about the area in general. We were a little nervous about rattlesnakes and I was very excited when Bighorn were right next to our path as we were finishing. But, if we had been alone, I would have been very nervous! Don’t expect much of the waterfall - it’s August! But it’s still feels good to make it there. And the little frogs are adorable. It was a tough hike for us - not because of the distance - but because of the heat! But we were proud we did it and really amazed by the scenery and the help from our awesome guide! Very worth it, but we look forward to trying this again in cooler weather for sure!
    Written August 20, 2022
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  • KLM1
    Kitchener, Canada755 contributions
    We only had two days in Palm Desert / Palm Springs, and we were lucky to be there on a Thursday night, so we could enjoy Villagefest.

    Parking was actually easier than expected, and we parked only a block from the Main Street.

    The street is full of really good artists, with a huge variety of arts and crafts for sale.

    There are musicians along the street, and lots of the restaurants were busy. At the north end there are many booths, with delicious food for sale.

    The whole street was magical, and a great place to spend a few hours, and get some unique treasures.
    Written July 18, 2022
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  • Colin F
    Toronto, Canada878 contributions
    I always do this trail when am in PS. There's something about the palms and the little canyon that's totally unique. You get to see their orange dragonflies too. The rangers are awesome too.
    Written July 12, 2022
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  • FjordFan
    Milwaukee139 contributions
    My wife and I spent a day hiking in Joshua Tree and two days hiking around Palm Springs (including Indian Canyons, Tahquitz Canyon and taking the aerial tram up to Desert View Trail). They were all great but our favorite hike of the entire trip was the Ladder Canyon / Painted Canyon loop. It's like three different hikes all in one-- first you climb your way through and out of Ladder Canyon (a great slot canyon), next you walk around the canyon rim with panoramic views in every direction, then you loop back down through the beautiful Painted Canyon. The 5 mile loop took us 2 1/2 hours at at leisurely pace. Overall a very unique experience, lots of great pictures. Highly recommend. FYI we did have a 4WD SUV so had no problems navigating the gravel road to get to the trailhead. Saw quite a few 2WD cars there too even though there are signs along the road that say 4WD only.
    Written March 7, 2022
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  • joopca
    burbank, CA74 contributions
    A great family-friendly hike with picnic areas, tons of palms and boulders galore. We were there in high-traffic holiday time but still had a fun time.
    Written December 30, 2021
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  • Driddel
    Calgary, Canada16 contributions
    Palm Canyon Drive is the main drag. It's clean and wide and traffic is steady but there isn't too much of it.
    Written March 21, 2022
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  • Krishna M
    Houston, United States21 contributions
    This is not a large place, but has some specific and unique collection. It takes less than an hour to visit (unless you are a botanist) and costs like $5
    Written September 9, 2022
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  • John B
    San Diego, CA53 contributions
    Palm Canyon is one of the largest collection of Fan Palms in the world. It is an easy hike but very beautiful. Our young grand daughters had no problem hiking the canyon. The cost is under $10 per person.
    Written April 30, 2022
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  • JPollock311
    San Ramon, CA259 contributions
    Great morning hike, you can park near Palm Canyon and walk up to the trail head. There are picnic tables about 1.8 miles up, it is also where I ran into a family of mountain goats
    Written February 12, 2022
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