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“Largest stand of California Palms in USA”
Review of Palm Canyon

Palm Canyon
Ranked #17 of 118 things to do in Palm Springs
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Ottawa, Canada
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252 reviews
118 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Largest stand of California Palms in USA”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

If you like hiking, this is the spot in Palm Springs.
There is an easy hike along the creek, and a more strenuous hike up the mountain, take your pick (we did both).
Stop and enjoy the humming birds at the parking lot / trading post.
Best time to visit is early in the morning before the heat starts, and bring water!!

Visited February 2013
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Tustin CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Spectacular Palm Canyon and Great Cacti”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

As part of three Indian Canyons just a couple of miles south of Palm Springs, this one has the finest trail and the longest run of giant Fan Palms.
In about three hours, we took the trail from the visitor center (touristy but interesting, with some local crafts) down to the palm trees and picnic area. Took lots of photos, since the Palms are densely packed and lush, then continued on the main trail. We took a fork up to the right, across some high hills covered with cactus of several types. Just as we thought this was not too exciting, we came upon a very lush (for a desert) little valley with grasses and many more cacti. Spring water must be quite near the surface here. Nothing blooming in late February, but certainly very beautiful. We will return for the cactus and wildflower bloom.

The only difficulty is that the start of the trail is a fairly steep downhill to the Palm grove. Some folks will find it too steep. But the picnic area at the bottom is worth the walk, even if you do not go any farther.

We talked with two Rangers during our walk - very friendly and knowledgable!
The trails are very well marked so are easy to follow.
All visitors MUST be out by 5pm so plan your walk accordingly.

Entrance is $7 for Seniors and a bit more for others.

Visited February 2013
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MenemshaSunset
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“Wish I brought hiking clothes”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

A worthy visit especially if you are prepared to spend some time. It was quite cool the day we visited-imagine it would be tough in really hot weather.

Visited February 2013
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Seattle, WA
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“A nifty walk”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

We walked up the canyon under the palm trees, the main benefit being the exercise. There's nothing left of the ancient Indian habitats but you can see why they settled here. The trees, too, are fascinating as are the numerous springs you find while walking along -- all a big surprise in this rocky, relatively barren desert.

Visited February 2013
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Connecticut
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“Great even for elderly”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

My wife and I drove out here even though she has difficulty walking. She stayed near the parking lot area while I walked down into the canyon. In just a few minutes I descended into the canyon and found myself among beautiful tall palms. Maybe paradise is something like that. I took several pictures to show her, then walked back up. I would have liked to explore much farther, but even my rather quick walk was worth the whole trip.

Visited January 2013
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