About Megan S
Since Oct 2014
Canyons, Deserts, Parks, Hiking Trails
Deserts, Nature & Wildlife Areas
Nature & Wildlife Areas
Nature & Wildlife Areas, Scenic Drives
The Agua Caliente Indian Canyons are one of the most popular spots in Palm Springs for nature lovers. Wander through the palm trees while you hike through the trails for a few hours. The natural beauty here is worth battling the heat!
The mountain itself is beautiful to see from the surrounding trails, but if you can make it up to the top, you'll be rewarded with incredible views too! The top is actually the same place that the tram drops you off, but hiking rather than riding here adds another layer to the experience. Keep a sharp eye out for all of the wildlife around as well, there's a ton to see here!
Walk through the large palm tree forest and wander the tranquil trails of Palm Canyon. It's a great getaway in the desert that showcases the range of plants native to this climate.
Hike through this breathtaking canyon to the ultimate reward at the end — a 40 foot waterfall! Different from the other desert trails in Palm Springs, this cool canyon offers beautiful scenery en route.
The Coachella Valley Preserve is truly an oasis in Palm Springs. Enjoy the cooler micro climate and surrounding nature. You'll see the San Andreas fault line, water reserves, and plenty of birds as well!
This hike is a great workout, and leads to a resting area at the end with picnic tables where you can sit and enjoy the view.
While the Art Museum itself may not be the most outdoorsy spot, there's a trailhead right behind the parking lot that will lead you on a steep hike to a beautiful view. And best of all — it's free!
Many people start their trek here with the South Lykken Trail. If you do, you can continue on from the viewing point to the North Lykken trail. You'll follow the trail down behind the dam, and eventually end at another spot with picnic tables.
Palm Springs' most popular attraction, the tramway takes you in a cable car over the mountain to a beautiful viewing point.
The hiking trails surrounding the Indian Canyon area are beautiful. While walking through, not only will you get to see the gorgeous natural environment, but you'll be surrounded by Native American history.
Ruth Hardy Park is full of pleasant, relaxing spots where you can cool off in the shade with your entire family. No hiking is necessary, and it's perfect for picnicking.
This beautiful park is great for getting out and enjoying the sun, whatever your age. There are plenty of areas for kids to play, but what makes it really worthwhile are the free concerts in the summer. Wonderful entertainment outdoors for budget travelers!
The perfect place for kids and adults to come and play, a small area here acts as a 'water park' to help kids keep cool in the heat. There is also plenty of room for bike riding, as well as tennis courts that can be used for free.
Many miss this hidden gem located out towards Joshua Tree, but it's well worth a stop off. The nature and wildlife surrounding it is incredible, and it's accessible for any age or fitness level. Plus, best of all, it's free!
The Living Desert is like the entire natural desert all in one miniature version for you to enjoy. You'll see incredible nature within these gardens, as well as beautiful animals in the zoo (most of which aren't even in cages, a major plus). An educational and fascinating stop for families!
Palm Springs is famous for its dates, and no Palm Springs trip is complete without stopping for one of its famous date shakes! A great, and cool reward after hiking around the hot desert, that's for sure.