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San Jacinto Mountain
#1 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
... of the Aerial Tramway the vistas from Mountain Station are superb The whole of the Coachella Valley stretches before you and easy viewing across the valley and surrounding mountains to Joshua Tree National Park
One can also drive to Idyllwild and the trailhead at Humber Park in nearby Fern Valley for a somewhat shorter hike up to either San Jacinto Peak, Tahquitz Rock or the mountain station of the Palm Springs Aerial Tr...
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Indian Canyons
#2 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
Spent about 3 hours hiking in Palm canyon doing the valley Palm canyon trail and then the 3 mile Victor trail that returns back to the park hq.
There usually are park rangers who can give you information about hiking in the region and you will be given trail maps when you enter the reserve and pay the entrance fee.
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Painted Canyon
#3 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
First be warned- the road in is only for 4WDs- we had a 2WD and stopped short of the car park which was a good move- a lot of soft sand further on.
Take plenty of water and take your time and enjoy nature at it's
Indian Canyons Hiking Trails
#4 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
Like the hike up Tahquitz Canyon, a visiting hiker will find a plethora of interesting sights, less than drastic elevation changes, and views that could only be handcrafted by Mother Nature.
We only stopped there to have a very quick look and then drove back the 3 miles to the shorter, 1 mile loop hike at Andreas Canyon, since we had exactly 42 minutes to do the hike and get out of the park.
Palm Canyon
#5 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
wonderful nature and great landscapes, worth to spend a couple of hours.
Park rangers available to answer questions and guide you to the right trails.
Agua Caliente Indian Canyons
#6 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
The one-mile Andreas Loop trail was gorgeous--weaving in an out of the creek/huge palms that looked like something out of Jurassic Park and then climbing to give you views of the surrounding mountains.
There are other TA attractions that detail some of these trails or there are reviews here, too, but first you pass through a gated pike like you'd find at most state parks where you pay your $9 fee for continued a...
Coachella Valley Preserve
#7 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
This wonderful preserve in Thousand Palms Canyon is nearly 20,000 acres in size and was created by the powerful forces of nature in the Mission Creek Fault of the San Andreas Fault system.
The park volunteers are more than happy to answer any questions relating to the oasis history and things to look for when walking through the preserve.
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South Lykken Trail
#8 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
What a wonderful day, to spend several hours enjoying nature, having some of the most beautiful desert views.
At a sign post we took the trail toward the Desert Riders park that shortened our journey a bit.
Tahquitz Canyon
#9 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
Hike back on the south side of the creek, and you come to Lookout Rock, which provides a good view of Palm Springs, and emphasizes how close you are to the city, while being completely immersed in nature.
The park offers ranger lead tours if you are so inclined but heading off by yourself is fine since the trail is well marked.
Moorten Botanical Garden
#10 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
Truly amazing , a simple and satisfying adventure within a desert botanical paradise ( we live in Palm Springs now ) we visit any time we can and are always mesmerized by the Incredible nature visual we are surrou...
Entry fee is just $5, and you can park free on the street.
Murray Canyon Trail
#11 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
We hiked early and had the place to ourselves and the natural denizens of nature, including a nice sized red-tailed hawk sitting on a boulder beside a stream.
If you go to the far end of the canyon to park it is a difficult walk down the hill to the canyons, take time and do it as once there it is beautiful !
Ruth Hardy Park
#12 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
It is beautiful and varied and provides a lovely destination for tennis players, dog walkers, meditators, and anyone who loves to stroll out in nature enjoying the beauty of the surrounding mountains.
Exceptional public park with FitCourse, meditation area, healing herb garden, tennis, kid's playground - surrounded by fabulous homes
Palm Springs Museum Trail
#13 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
Don’t park in the museum parking lot.
Don't park in the museum lot if you go by car, you'll get a ticket.
Palm Canyon Trail
#14 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
North Lykken Trail
#15 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
The Mountain Station
#16 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
Located at the top of the tram, at more than 8000 ft, there are spectacular views from the decks and nearby trails of the valley below and across to Joshua Tree National Park.
Demuth Park
#17 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
This is an excellent community park for just coming out for a gathering, relaxing or playing.
A great park, especially for handicapped individuals.
Frank Bogert Trail
#18 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
Cactus to Clouds
#19 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
Palm Springs Dog Park
#20 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
... separate (I'm thinking that the last reviewer may have only seen the small dog area, because this dog park is spacious) Lots of seating with shade, water available, grassy areas (PS is currently reseeding some...
If you are without your dog, you can greet and pet all the great woofers that are visiting the park.
Garstin Trail
#21 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
Long solitary walks in nature stretch and strengthen the body and mind —nourishing the spirit in the process by connecting us with the natural environment and broadening the mind’s landscape.
Earl Henderson Trail
#22 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
Willis Palms Trail
#23 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
Many people park on the side of the highway and walk in.
Wellness Park
#24 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
What sets this park apart from others is that the focus is on native flora with signage identifying each plant along the walkways.
It’s just north of Ruth Hardy Park.
Oswit Canyon
#25 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
Frances Stevens Park
#26 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
Victoria Park
#27 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
Sunrise Park
#28 of 28 Nature & Parks in Palm Springs
This park was huge and contains a baseball stadium, a modern new main library, lots of children's play equipment, a world class aquatic complex (open to the public), a state-of-the-art 30,000 square foot skateboar...