Free Things To Do in Palm Springs
- #1View all Photos#1 in Palm Springs13.2 miles to city centerHiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND13.2 miles to city centerHiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND
The Coachella Valley Preserve may seem like a barren desert, but keep your eyes peeled and you'll see that its 20,000-plus acres are more than just sand and brush. The preserve encompasses the smaller Thousand Palms Oasis preserve, which boasts more than 25 miles of hiking paths. Along the trails you'll spot rare wildlife, lush palm woodland oases and desert wetlands, which at different times of the year blossom with wildflowers.
Before heading out, past visitors recommend stopping by the visitor center – located in a log cabin at the entrance of the park – to pick up a map of the trails. You can also download it here. Additionally, some suggested arriving early before temperatures become unbearable and the small parking lot fills up. And if you visit between October and March, consider joining one of the preserve's free guided hikes.
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