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“Great hiking with wonder scenic views of the desert”

Indian Canyons Hiking Trails
Ranked #12 of 120 things to do in Palm Springs
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

Everything. I live here and I recommend this to every visitor to Palm Springs The trails are a combination of desert landscape and small oasis with fresh water springs oozing up from the ground. You may catch a glimse of desert wild life too.

Thank TonyPalmSprings_CA
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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!

Thank Diana M
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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.

Thank SleeplessInManhatten
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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.

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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.

1  Thank Ronald E
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