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Coachella Valley Preserve

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29200 Thousand Palms Canyon Road, Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA
+1 760-343-1234
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Formed by a system of sand dunes, this 20,000-acre sanctuary is home to several species of rare wildlife and a number of palm oases.
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  • Very good28%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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“mccallum trail” (32 reviews)
“an oasis” (49 reviews)
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29200 Thousand Palms Canyon Road, Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Natural springs that are fed from water seepage from the San Andreas Fault have allowed California Fan Palms to flourish, provide cooling shade. The visitors center and parking lot are very accessibly located very near the palm oasis. There are nature talks and guided walks,...More

1  Thank ameliacat_ca
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our time at the preserve. Trails are marked well. We had done a lot of hiking that week so didn't take in many trails on this day. Was awesome to be on the San Andreas fault line. And to experience an oasis in...More

Thank Honzees
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This preserve is only a short drive from downtown Palm Springs (30 minutes or so) and you get to take a walk through a marvelous oasis formed by water seeping through the San Andreas fault. So it makes for a fascinating geology/biology lesson and it...More

1  Thank nancy p
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An off the beaten track place to visit. Lovely walk through the trees and greenery. Lots of interesting things to see and well worth the time to visit.

Thank misstweed47
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really loved the walk to the pond. Great wooden walkways to follow. Highly recommend this place. This site is manned by volunteers. Don't forget to leave a donation.

Thank clarkeej9
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A surprise to find a palm tree oasis in the middle of the desert. Love wandering among the pal tress. The San Andreas Fault also runs through it.

Thank Hiya999
Reviewed 9 November 2017

A nice place to hike in the area for just a donation. Saw untrimmed palms (weird looking) and desert oasis. Oasis has great photographic opportunities. A relatively easy hike or a hilly one is an option. Nice visitor center with helpful volunteer staff.

Thank Jerry T
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

This hike is unique as you drive through a barren desert area and arrive at a group of palm trees including the indigenous Fan Palms which are massive and ungrounded. The 2 mile round trip hike to McCallum Pond starts at the Visitor Center where...More

1  Thank AliceMariam
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

Coming from Palm Springs, you take a main highway through the desert. Once you exit, there are unique palm trees off in the distance at the base of a small mountain. Once you’ve parked, you enter the preserve and are surrounded by palm trees to...More

Thank chrish77
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Read about this Oasis in the desert, and am very glad I took the short ride from Palm Springs. Even brought my wife back the next day. You can hike the McCallum trail to a literal Oasis in the desert, with interesting wildlife at just...More

Thank Ed M
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Tiffany L
11 October 2017|
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Response from Andrew J | Reviewed this property |
I've never been to Indian Canyons. The Coachella Valley is beautiful, especially the water fall if it is still flowing this late in the season.
28 July 2016|
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Response from AlyP | Reviewed this property |
It is indicated by the fact that vegetation naturally occurs around the area of the fissure which allows water to rise... And its signposted! 😎
Kathy M
27 December 2015|
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Response from desertswim | Reviewed this property |
Maybe. There are flat Sandy parts to the trails. Some parts are a little narrow or rocky.