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“Desert hiking for rookies”

Indian Canyons Hiking Trails
Ranked #11 of 118 things to do in Palm Springs
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La Mesa, California, United States
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Desert hiking for rookies”
Reviewed December 20, 2013 via mobile

I'm no expert hiker so this was an excellent hike for my rookie self. I did the Murray Ridge trail at about 10 am 70 degrees on a clear day. What a gorgeous hike! So much to see and at times you really feel isolated which just adds to its beauty. The trail is easy to follow and good for beginners. Bring water!!!! The fall was going and it made for some great pics. Awesome nature hike completely worth the entry fee. Go for it!

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Palm Springs, California
Level 6 Contributor
151 reviews
62 attraction reviews
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“Desert Beauty”
Reviewed December 6, 2013

The Indian Canyons allow for exploring the unique flora and fauna of the desert habitat. There is some climbing on some of the trails but well worth the effort.

Visited February 2013
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palm springs, ca
Level 5 Contributor
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23 attraction reviews
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“The best of desert trails”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

As a former professional guide for these trails, I can say that there is no other place I have been that has the unique combination that exists in the Indian Canyons. Depending on the season, you will have flowing stream, waterfall (with a small cave underneath), multiple trails of varying difficulty and amazing desert views. Palm Canyon is the world's largest palm grove with a stream running through it. It has a Trading Post with food, water, rest facilities, and souvenirs. The Victor trail loop is the shortest there and provides impressive views from its highest spot (allow about 2 hrs).
The VanDeventer trail is about 4-5 miles and travels across the open desert, through a fern grotto, and varying mild elevations (allow about 4 hours with a rest stop in the grotto). Other canyons within the preserve are Andreas Canyon (very easy, short hike, with water stream), Murray Canyon, longer hike that switches back and forth across the small stream (not a loop).
Trail maps available at the Trading Post. Bring lots of water. Trail tip for the desert....when you get one half way on your water supply, if you are not one half way on the trail, you must turn back and return the way you came. Inadequate water consumption is the desert's greatest hazard. Don't worry about rest room stops. You will not need to have one since the water will evaporate from your body.

Visited March 2013
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vienna
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“Very cheap place”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

It is really worth it because even if you wont like it, it wont coast you a lot. My friend's kids left with a smile, and that is not something you see every day.

Visited July 2013
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Occoquan, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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“Indian Canyon's Hiking Trails”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

We hiked the long Palm Canyon trail. This is simply a must see on a visit to Palm Springs. It is very unique. When we went in May most of the water was gone but the unique character of the place remains. We look forward to hiking the other trails on future visits. Well worth the entrance price in order to see an area that is so unique. Unless you have been to the middle east you wont see anything like this in the states. Enjoy.

Visited May 2013
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