Things to do in Greater Palm Springs, California Desert: The Best Canyons

August 1, 2021 Frederic Celentano

Greater Palm Springs is an oasis for art, culture, adventure and relaxation. Take in the views from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the world’s largest rotating tram car, before exploring exhibits at the Palm Springs Art Museum and its Architecture & Design Center. Visit the Empire Polo Club, home of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival and Stagecoach Country Music Festival. Dozens of spas in Desert Hot Springs let you soak in the healing mineral waters that flow beneath the city.

1. Palm Canyon

Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA +1 800-790-3398 http://www.indian-canyons.com/Palm.html
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4.5 based on 221 reviews

Palm Canyon

Reviewed By WireWrapGems2 - Tucson, United States

If you are in a hurry, you can see Palm Canyon from the parking area. There is a little gift shop in the parking lot next to the trail head. Hiking down into the canyon is fun too, but the trail is a little steep, so wear good walking or hiking shoes.

2. Agua Caliente Indian Canyons

E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92264-1642 +1 760-323-6018 http://www.indian-canyons.com
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4.5 based on 529 reviews

Agua Caliente Indian Canyons

Considered sacred to the Cahuilla Indians and of historical importance to scientists and nature lovers, these canyons provide a range of outdoor recreational activities for visitors.

Reviewed By craigsearle - Ottawa, Canada

For an incredible desert experience, visit the Agua Caliente Indian Canyons -- especially Murray Canyon, Palm Canyon and Andreas Canyon. Great views and wonderful hiking

3. Painted Canyon

Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA http://www.hiking-in-ps.com/mecca-hills-painted-canyon-ladder-canyon-hike
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4.5 based on 224 reviews

Painted Canyon

A variety of colors paint the rocks here, giving this unique location its name.

Reviewed By AKKris - Juneau, United States

Long drive in to the parking area on bumpy, dirt road. Took it very slow with the car. No bathrooms available once you get to parking area (there are bathrooms on the road on the way). From parking lot, head in and keep eyes peeled for big arrow pointing to the left. Also if you see a park sign on the left with an arrow, look around on ground in area by it for the arrow made with rocks to the left. It will look like you are going to walk into a big rock wall but once you are by the rocks, you can see a path to start climbing. If you get to the wash area, you missed the arrow and should turn around and go back looking for the arrow. You need to be able to climb ladders that at times are not in the best of shape. It will take you through some beautiful slot canyons. We've done the loop where you turn towards the right once you are on top towards the tower and follow the path down. It takes you through the wash area and is not that much fun to walk through. Or you can get on top and follow the path back along the canyon and it will take you through two ropes to climb down. Our group didn't feel comfortable doing so but have talked with others who have and sounds easier than the first rope looked. We also have hiked through the ladders back to the parking lot and really enjoyed that. Really enjoy this hike.

4. Indian Canyons

38500 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92264-9332 +1 760-323-6018 http://indian-canyons.com/
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4.5 based on 1,567 reviews

Indian Canyons

Reviewed By X816YFchriss - Cleveland, United States

Well worth it! Great trails! The 1 mile loop San Andreas Trail was maybe the most beautiful hike of my life! The hike to the seven sisters waterfall was amazing, definitely a bit strenuous. Bring good hiking shoes!

5. Tahquitz Canyon

500 W Mesquite Ave, Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92264-8391 +1 760-416-7044 http://www.tahquitzcanyon.com/Guide.html
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4.5 based on 712 reviews

Tahquitz Canyon

Reviewed By 434davidj - Finchampstead, United Kingdom

Got there in time for the 10am ranger hike which was really interesting. Good to understand about the history and the nature and done at a good pace with plenty of time to sit and admire the beautiful waterfall and other views. It’s about a 2 mile loop on well defined paths but there is a bit of climbing. If you like to hike combined with history then this is a “must do” while you’re in Palm Springs

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