Indian Canyons, Palm Springs

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Hike a riverbed to a palm oasis at , where the most popular trail runs through Andreas and Palm Canyon. At the end of the trail in Palm Canyon, lush greenery feeds off a desert stream. The boulders can make the trail challenging in places, but the reward is a cool, trickling brook and the shade of large palms. Remember to bring sunscreen, a hat, water, and sturdy hiking shoes. Purchase trail tickets for a reduced price at the visitor center near the Tram Road entrance. Make Indian Canyons a part of your Palm Springs vacation plans using our Palm Springs trip planner.
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  • These canyons were the actual home of Cahuilla Indians. Once you pay and park, there are three different hikes you can take. We opted for the shortest and easiest one, Murray Canyon. You MUST have....  more
    These canyons were the actual home of Cahuilla Indians. Once you pay and park, there are three different hikes you can take. We opted for the shortest and easiest one, Murray Canyon. You MUST have....  more »
  • Several different trails to pick from, various levels. The Trading Post has awesome views, and is a jumping off point for several hikes. 
    Several different trails to pick from, various levels. The Trading Post has awesome views, and is a jumping off point for several hikes.  more »
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  • Andreas Canyon is a lovely one hour loop hike that's mostly shaded. It's home to the world’s second-largest California Fan Palm oasis. We all loved it so much. We went early in the morning (around 9:30am in April) which was perfect. Cost was $12 per adult which we paid at the ranger station. They accepted a credit card. Great for kids. Love seeing all this water in the desert.Just watch for rattle snakes. We didn't see any but other hikers told us they had seen one. I would go again. It really was so amazing!
  • A great outing for both enthusiasts and more casual walkers. Roads, trails, and signage are much like a national park. Trails are variously rated from relatively easy to tougher ones. It’s best to get there at the 0800 opening because, by mid-morning, it gets fairly hot – at least in April when we were there. (It’s hard to image afternoons especially in May and June. It is not even open July, August, and September.) Trails are well-rated – from modest walks with some ups-and-down to hikes with more challenging terrain. Footing ranges from soft sand to bare rock. A couple of the easier options also provide a fair amount of shade from big old palm trees along the streams. Fees are reasonable – less than most national parks: Adults: $12 Seniors 62+: $7 Students (with ID): $7 Children 6-12: $6 Military: free with ID (Given how they were treated by pioneers and others through the years, it seems like it’s perfectly appropriate for them to have some return on the limited land they were forced to live on.) They have ranger talks October-June, Friday thru Sunday: 10 am: leaves from the Trading Post and goes through the Palm Canyon 1.5 hours 1 pm: leaves from Andreas parking and does the Andreas loop 1.5 hours

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