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“Murray Canyon”
Review of Indian Canyons

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Indian Canyons by Jeep plus Hiking Tour from Palm Springs
Ranked #4 of 118 things to do in Palm Springs
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San Diego, California
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“Murray Canyon”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

loved the pools & hard to find grotto, didn't like the hard to FIND grotto this time that we did not find :-) It's a gorgeous place and a MUST see and do when visiting Palm Springs :-)

Visited March 2012
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Batavia, Illinois
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“Indian Canyons - A Great Day in the Desert”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

We were staying in nearby Indio, CA. and spent a day at Indian Canyons. This is a great area to enjoy all the sights and scenery of the desert. Indian Canyons provide three major canyons to enjoy the area. There are several well marked trails of all levels of difficulty and length. The three canyons offer all the different enviorments the California desert has to offer, from Palm tree oasis to barren desert lanscapes. We spent our entire day hiking and exploring this park. It is well worth the price of admission, and "a must stop to enjoy", if you are in the area.

Visited May 2012
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Palm Springs, California
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“In Awe of Indian Canyons”
Reviewed August 18, 2012

The only reason why someone would give this place less than 5 stars is because they either went when it was too hot, too windy or rainy, or they didn't stay long enough to think it paid for their $9 (as of 2012) entrance fee, or they are not into nature, or they just stay around the picnic tables on a crowded holiday. If you like nature and can hike for at least 30 minutes in good weather (I think they are only open weekends during summer because it is too hot), and if you are sensitive to the energies of nature, then you will feel great here. This is an oasis. If you enjoy unique ecosystems and love palm trees and water (not in summer), then this place is awesome. If you like nature and come to Palm Springs and miss this oasis, you will have to come back again. As far as the Coachella Valley goes, it offers the best views of any place here. You have to be out by 5 p.m., however. So, mind your time so you don't have to rush. Their are many little oasis to visit, some offer more easier access than others. Andreas Canyon has a wonderful loop that you can hike in about 40 minutes if you take your time and dip your feet in the water. Stay on trail. There are rattle snakes that live here. I have seen them but they never bother me because I never bother them. If you see a snake near a trail on a crowded weekend, it could have been bothered by other people who insist on getting close to take photos or a closer look. If there are people around, a snake will act differently. When I have seen snakes when I am hiking alone and there is no one around (I don't recommend this though, better to go with someone if you can), I am respectful and they can feel that and so I have had no problems. Don't be aggressive and stay your distance. Bring plenty of water, hat, sunscreen, picnic, and light clothing even if in spring. Murry Canyon ends in a small waterfall and has a number of stream crossings in spring and winter, some you can dip in. Watch for snakes first. I have never dipped with a snake, but it is good to be aware of your surroundings and not assume anything. One spot has some poison oak, (only saw one spot), learn what that is before touching all plants. Palm Canyon is a long stretch of palms that you can see from trading post shop. It is beautiful. A word on water: visitors don't know what water means sometimes. They bring a small water bottle and call that water. That isn't water. Buy a BPA free (so plastic toxins won't leech into water) water bottle from a sports store that has more ounces and fill with good water, leave a cooler in the car with other water bottles. When you drive to the other spots, you will have water in your cooler and not have to carry all of it at once. Don't be skimpy on your water when you are hiking. There is a lovely small waterfall in spring and winter with a small little cove behind it that is behind the outhouses near the trading post. If you are not told this, you will not see it. If you go, please be quiet. There are many people who go there for the peace of nature. They are choosing to be there. They want to hear the sounds of the birds, water, nature, leaves in the wind, their own inner messages that they might receive. They don't want to hear conversations that are not pertaining to the area that they are in, they may not want to hear any voices at all, especially from loud children that are screaming because parents have not taught them to respect the peace of nature and of others who care about peace and listening to nature sounds. If you come here with children, teach them to be respectful of others and of nature. Don't bring your baggage here. Go with a sense of awe and respect, feel what is here and reap the benefits. Beyond anything, respect those that respect nature and keep your voices low or silenced. This is a sacred spot. You can help make it sacred by keeping it that way. This also means taking your trash with you and leaving it peaceful. When someone is in the awe of peace from this nature, they would like you to be peaceful, too and get the sense of this place. Again, if anyone has not given this place the highest rating, it means they did not feel the peace here. They could have gone on a crowded day with loud people that took away the awe. Don't let noisy people influence your feeling about this place. If you hike far enough, even on a holiday, you will get away from voices that you may not want to hear. That happens even in Yosemite, so I will probably write about this in my reviews so people can realize that if they have children or if they are loud, then they disturb the whole place. It is usually only crowded during a holiday. Most people come to Palm Spring to golf and shop and lay by pool, so this beautiful place is still a great place to see. By the Way, I live near here, I always buy a 6 month (or you can buy a year) pass to save money. Same with Palm Springs Aerial Tram.

Visited May 2012
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Lincoln City, Oregon
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“Lovely Little Getaway”
Reviewed August 17, 2012

A very nice desert spot with excellent landscaping and lots of hiking trails for all levels of ease or difficulty.

Visited February 2012
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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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“A nice walk”
Reviewed August 10, 2012

We took the 2 mile loop, although all of the publicity writes about guided tours at 8, 10 and 1 we arrived at 10 to be told only the 8 am guided tour runs in the summer due to the heat. It was 111 on the day we went, although it's only just under 2 miles you need plenty of water because you climb over 300 feet. It is worth it as you turnaround at a waterfall which must look fantastic in spring.

We saw a coyotee and a few lizards on our walk, it made a nice change from the pool.

Visited August 2012
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