Things to do for Adventure Travelers in Palm Springs and the Deserts 

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    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    1 Tramway Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262-1827
    102 reviews

    This tramway takes you on a dizzying trip from the desert floor up into the San Jacinto Mountains. In summer, you can hike into the cool pine forest and if you're ambitious, up to the top of Mt San Jacinto (elevation 10,384 feet). In winter, you can rent snowshoes and cross-country skis to follow the trails. Even if you don't ...

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    Joshua Tree National Park

    74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, California, United States
    58 reviews

    An amazing park. Really unique looking desert with the Joshua Trees strewn through out it. Crumbling hills, with boulders rolled out out, and stacked around the landscape. Great for rock climbing, although expect some shredded fingers from the rock faces, as they are rough.

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    Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

    81-800 Avenue 51, Indio, CA, United States
    29 reviews

    Just came back from my 1st Coachella ever and I have to say it was AMAZING. Different from other music festivals I've been to so be prepared for 90+ degree heat, sandstorms, and people. I think the 1st day it was said that there were 80,000 total. Best way to go is with a group of friends. But don't expect ...

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    Mount San Jacinto

    Palm Springs, California
    19 reviews

    Right outside Palm Springs and accessed via the Palm Springs tram, this 8500 foot mountain provides a great entry to miles of alpine trails and beautiful trees and granite formations. Typically 30 degrees colder than the valley floor it provides a refreshing atmosphere and magnificent view of the valley below.

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    The Living Desert / Southern California Zoo & Botanical Gardens

    47900 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert, CA
    58 reviews

    The Living Desert's mission is desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation. The objectives of The Living Desert are: to preserve a portion of the Colorado Desert in its natural state; to foster, through interpretive exhibits, programs and publication, an awareness of, an and an appreciation for, the variety of plants and animals in worldwide ecosystems; to build up under ...

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    Coachella Music Festival

    5750 Wilshire Boulevard #501, Los Angeles, CA, United States
    27 reviews

    Coachella was never on my to-go-list. Didn't really care to go until my friend sold me his week1 ticket 1-2 weeks before the event for early bird face value. I thought it was a good deal plus my bf was planning on going. Definately an experience to remember with no regrets at all! Great people, art everywhere, live bands/djs everywhere, ...

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    Indian Canyons

    38500 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264-9332
    44 reviews

    Just south of downtown Palm Springs, this tribla-run park is a paradise for desert hikers. Go early in the morning, which is cooler for hiking and also better for wildlife watching in the canyons' oases, and consider taking one of the Native American-guided walks to learn more about the area's natural history. Don't forget to carry plenty of water, snacks, ...

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    Hiking Trails
    13 reviews

    Although it's faster to drive, you can literally walk from the house, go across Highway 74 and hook onto some of the most fabulous trails that wind through the mountains. There are water fountains at the base and well marked paths. Great for hikers and dogs. Bikers are rarely seen.

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    JTNP West Entrance

    64001 National Park Drive
    4 reviews

    This is the best place to enter the Park when coming from the Gamma Gulch Guest House.

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    Palm Springs Aerial Tram

    15 reviews

    Incredible Views and what an awesome weather change no matter what timwe of year. Whether you want to go for a hike or just catch the views and a bite to eat at the top. A must See!

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    Palm Springs Air Museum

    745 North Gene Autry Trail Palm Springs, CA 92262
    51 reviews

    Although this is a really small museum about 20-30 minutes away from downtown Palm Springs, there is a lot of history here. They have actual veterans who fought in WWII to tell you what happened first hand. The veterans are all volunteers, but they are so eager to share their story with you. The museum has an actual fighter plane ...

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    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    1 Tramway Road, Palm Springs, CA, United States
    5 reviews

    The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway offers an adventure for all season. Take the 10-minute, 2.5-mile ride which begins at the Valley Station – elevation 2,643 feet and ends at the Mountain Station – elevation 8,516 feet and is the gateway to the Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness area. The top of the Tramway is transformed into a pristine ...

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    Route 62 Arts & Antiques

    55635 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA
    3 reviews

    This place is a treasure trove of fabulous! So many nooks and crannies of good stuff -- antiques, collectables, trinkets, local art, vintage gems -- you could easily kill a few hours and miss Joshua Tree all together. Don't do that! But definitely give yourself a bit of time to stop and browse. You might just walk out with a ...

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    Noah Purifoy Foundation

    Bair Lane, Joshua Tree, CA
    3 reviews

    Discover one of the places that makes Joshua Tree the wonderful place that it is. This outdoor sculpture garden and museum tells the tale of a man's life, his passion, and the unique artistic inspiration that occurred when he settled here in the desert. Free and easily accessed from the road (just park across the street), you will suddenly have ...

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    Lost Palms Oasis

    Cottonwood Springs, Joshua Tree National Park
    3 reviews

    I love a hike that involves water, even just a tease of it. And out in the desert, that is pretty much all you'll get. Forget the classic movie "oasis" scenarios. The bejeweled Moroccan camps of camels, dates and belly dancers remain movie magic alone, and far removed from the real life versions you'll find here. Yet Joshua Tree's palm ...

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    Indian Wells Tennis Garden

    78200 Miles Avenue, Indian Wells, CA, United States
    36 reviews

    The Story behind the BNP Paribas Open The BNP Paribas Open, the most-attended WTA Premier and ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tennis tournament in the world and the largest two-week combined outside of the four Majors (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open). The event is held annually at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, one of the world's most beautiful ...

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    Knott's Soak City Water parks

    1500 South Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA, United States
    15 reviews

    great Cabana's for a group day. Twilight rates after 3pm till 6pm. Must bring aqua socks or flip flops hot concrete. Park does have lockers inside for valuables.

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    Palm Springs Art Museum

    101 North Museum Drive, Palm Springs, CA, United States
    31 reviews

    Super fun and unique modern art museum in the heart of Palm Springs. This museum features some of the works of Warhol and Picasso but the more notable and interesting pieces of art are from the lesser known artists. Definitely worth checking out while in town - be sure to look our for the elderly couple on the third floor ...

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    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    1 Tramway Road, Palm Springs, CA
    11 reviews

    World's largest rotating tram cars. Gorgeous view from the top

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    Joshua Tree National Park Visitors Center

    10 reviews

    Talk to my good friend Ranger Chris Crow, a long time resident who works at the visitors center on Park just off the highway heading south. He will fill you in on what to do. Tell him Buck sent ya..

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