Tahquitz Canyon, Palm Springs

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Canyon · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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Inhabited for thousands of years by the Cahuilla tribe, Tahquitz Canyon remains part of the tribe's legacy and is now overseen by the tribe's Agua Caliente Band. Walk the 3.2 km (2 mi) hiking trail through the canyon to Tahquitz Falls. The falls collect in a shallow pool you can wade through. The water also feeds an oasis of palms and desert growth that lines the trail. If you hike to the falls, bring drinking water, sunscreen, and a towel to dry your feet after wading. Make Tahquitz Canyon a part of your Palm Springs vacation plans using our Palm Springs visit planner.
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  • This 2 mile loop trail is mostly uphill for the first half, not overwhelmingly hard but try to avoid doing it during the middle of the day. We went right around noon, and the heat made it really... 
    This 2 mile loop trail is mostly uphill for the first half, not overwhelmingly hard but try to avoid doing it during the middle of the day. We went right around noon, and the heat made it really...  more »
  • Beautiful scenery for a Florida native. This hike is not for the inexperienced. I should have done research on this hike before going with my son who has balance issues and anxiety. I was in town for....  more
    Beautiful scenery for a Florida native. This hike is not for the inexperienced. I should have done research on this hike before going with my son who has balance issues and anxiety. I was in town for....  more »
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  • It was one of the best hiking experiences for my family. Trail was easy to follow yet not simply flat, either (which was good for us). Decent level of elevation that made the loop sufficiently fun and challenging. Parking was not too difficult, and the fall was very pretty, too.
  • This hike was the highlight of our entire amazing weekend in Palm Springs! Located just minutes from our rental, we were shocked to find such a hidden gem back there. We went at 8am in January and the temperature was comfortable and shaded until the end of the hike. Lots of stone steps, but very stable and not a steep incline. At no point did I feel nervous or unsteady. Was thrilled the waterfall was flowing - what a beautiful site! We were in awe of the red rocks and vastness of the entire Canyon. Even as it got a little more crowded, it was so peaceful. We took our time and let it all sink in! We spent about two hours there, but could have done it in an hour if we wanted to. A little pricey at $15 each (compared to Joshua Tree being the same cost for the day) but completely worth every penny!

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