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Agua Caliente Indian Canyons

38500 South Palm Canyon Drive | Palm Springs, CA 92264 | Official website
Agua Caliente Indian Canyons Photo info
Courtesy Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism
  • Type: Natural Wonders
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.0)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 3.5 (3.5)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Some visitors refer to the Agua Caliente Indian Canyons as Palm Springs' best-kept secret. These canyons, which consist of the Palm Canyon, Murray Canyon, Tahquitz Canyon and Andreas Canyon, are located on the reservation lands of the Agua Caliente American Indians. The canyons are praised for their desert beauty — as seen in their jutting rocks and prickly cacti — as well as their hiking opportunities. However, one TripAdvisor user (who loved both the ecological diversity and the trails) gave a warning: "Make sure you know exactly where you're going and how to get there, take loads of water, and be prepared for some walk arounds," adding that washed-out signposts made the trails confusing to navigate.

If you need a break from the canyons, you can also pop into the cultural museum for a quick history of the native Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Alternatively, you could hit the casino, which offers slots, as well as a spa and dining facilities.

You'll find the canyons about 5 miles south of downtown Palm Springs, off of Highway 10. From October 1 through July 4, the canyons are open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The rest of the year, they're open only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and $4 for children. For more information, visit the Agua Caliente Indian Canyons website.

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