Things to do for Outdoor Enthusiasts in Palm Springs and the Deserts, California 

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    Joshua Tree National Park

    60 reviews

    Lovely camping in the high desert. It gets cold at night but the stars are absolutely amazing. Some nice hiking trails.

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    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    102 reviews

    What an amazing getaway! Take the tram up for some of the best hiking around. Be prepared in the cooler months for snow! There are many hiking trails and snow play areas in the winter. A light jacket is always a good idea when going up in the elevation if you are not used to the cooler temperatures.

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    Mount San Jacinto

    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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    Indian Canyons

    45 reviews

    Dozens of trails and hikes, through natural springs and palm tree oasis'. Natural spring rivers flow in and out of the rock formations as you follow them to the main water fall. This is something that can't be missed!

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    The Living Desert / Southern California Zoo & Botanical Gardens

    59 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

    28 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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    Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

    29 reviews

    Too much fun! Make sure you bring a hat, sunscreen and money for beers!

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    Indian Wells Tennis Garden

    37 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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    Joshua Tree National Park Visitors Center

    10 reviews

    New building. Wonderful book selection and info about the park

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    Lost Palms Oasis

    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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    Knott's Soak City Water parks

    17 reviews

    Fantastic water park that is always a popular destination. Every year they keep adding new rides and making it even better. Perfect for families or large groups.

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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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    Indian Wells Golf Resort

    13 reviews

    Indian Wells premier public golf course . Voted by Golfweek magazine as the only facility in California with two courses ranked in the Top 20 "Best Courses You Can Play" in California.

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  • 14

    Moorten Botanical Garden

    16 reviews

    More than 3000 examples of desert cacti and other desert plants grouped by geographic regions

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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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    Indian Wells Tennis Tournament

    12 reviews

    A 5-10 minute drive from our villa, there is no other place with easier access to world class tennis than the Paribas Tennis Tournament. This is now a major world tournament with all the top players attending.

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    Toucan's Tiki Lounge

    7 reviews

    In all seriousness, Toucan's is THE BEST GAY BAR IN THE WORLD. Toucan's is basically an open air desert booze grotto that books some of the best LGBT talent in the business. I don't think I've ever been to Toucan's and not seen at least two beloved also-ran contestants from RuPaul's Drag Race. Morgan McMichaels is a weekend mainstay (flying ...

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    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    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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  • 19

    JTNP West Entrance

    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 Tramway

    11 reviews

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

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