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For stunning scenery and a look at Native American history and culture, check out the Agua Caliente tribe's Tahquitz Canyon. Situated less than 2 miles southwest of downtown Palm Springs, this area of the tribe's reservation boasts a 60-foot waterfall (accessible via the Tahquitz Canyon Trail), rock art and a variety of flora and fauna. You'll also find the Tahquitz Canyon Visitor Center, where you can watch a movie about the canyon, peruse various artifacts, buy souvenirs and take in your surroundings from an observation deck. Additional facilities, including three resorts, the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum and the Indian Canyons, can be found on or near the reservation as well.

Outdoor enthusiasts will love hiking the Tahquitz Canyon Trail, which past visitors said was relatively easy to traverse, despite its lack of shade and occasional changes in elevation. What's more, temps can climb into the 100s at times, so pack plenty of water. One previous traveler recommended carrying at least one liter of water per person.

You will need a car to get to Tahquitz Canyon. The canyon is only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between July 5 and September 30, but visitors are permitted every day from October 1 to July 4. When the canyon is open, operating hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Keep in mind that travelers are not admitted after 3:30 p.m. Adult admission cost $12.50 per person, while an entrance fee of $6 applies for each child. Kids 5 and younger and active military members can visit for free. Tickets include access to the property's trail and visitor center, plus on-site parking and a two-and-a-half-hour hike led by one of the canyon's rangers. Guided hikes depart from the visitor center at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. daily. Visit the Tahquitz Canyon website for more information.

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