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Split Rock at Palm Canyon in Palm Springs, California

Shortly after paying a small entrance fee at the Indian Canyons toll house, you decide which of the five canyons you want to visit. If you select Palm Canyon, then the road initially winds along a dry desert floor. The scenery is sparse and tranquil. Suddenly, an oasis appears as you drive through Split Rock […]

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California Fan Palms at Palm Canyon in Palm Springs, California

Palm Canyon has the world’s largest forest of California fan palms. The scientific name is Washingtonia filifera. The Cahuilla tribe calls it Ma ul. According to an ancient legend, no palms existed here until an elder named Ma ul willed himself to be converted into the unique roots, bark and palm leaves we see today. […]

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Hiking Trails at Palm Canyon in Palm Springs, California

The Indian Canyons are very popular among hikers. There is a network of trails rated from easy to strenuous. Novices may prefer the ranger-led hikes and talks. Along the way, you will be treated to stunning rock formations, desert flora and wildlife. The biggest animals are the mountain lion, coyote and big horn sheep. Only […]

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West Fork Falls at Palm Canyon in Palm Springs, California

If you have limited time or limited physical mobility, the easiest natural attraction to see is the West Fork Falls. It is a short distance from the Palm Canyon Trading Post. Avid waterfall fans prefer the 40 foot drop at the end of a trail in nearby Tahquitz Canyon.

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Yellow Brittlebush at Palm Canyon in Palm Springs, California

Now look up towards the cliff where the Palm Canyon Trading Post is located. When blessed with spring rain, the mount is covered with bright yellow flowers. Their scientific name is encelia farinosa. Most people call them brittlebush. After parking your car, take a moment to enjoy this valley view while breathing the fresh air […]

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Barren Desert of Indian Canyons in Palm Springs, California

The Palm, Murray, Andreas, Tahquitz and Chino Canyons are collectively known as the Indian Canyons. They are part of the ancestral home of the Aqua Caliente Cahuilla Indians. Much of their 32,000 acre reservation is barren desert with the San Jacinto Mountains as a backdrop. But you will also discover fertile land next to streams […]

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San Jacinto Mountains in Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs is located in the Coachella Valley within Riverside County. This snow-capped mount defines its western border. The San Jacinto Mountains stretches majestically for about 30 miles. This escarpment of granite peaks at 10,834 feet. The range is nestled between the San Jacinto and San Andreas faults.

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Rainmaker Fountain in Palm Springs, California

During the summer months, thermometers in Palm Springs often push beyond 110° F. When it is that hot, parents will often bring their children to Frances Stevens Park to experience “The Rainmaker” not as a form of outdoor art but with the hopes a slight breeze will send cooling mists from the four moving arms. […]

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Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, California

The cardboard shooter – an aircraft carrier crewmember who signals a plane for takeoff – is signaling a Grumman A-6 Intruder. The attack jet served the Navy and Marine Corps from 1963 until 1993. Now this plane flown by Lt. Craig Munsen is retired at the Palm Springs Air Museum. The collection includes about 30 […]

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Movie Star Homes in Palm Springs, California

Beginning in the 1920s and extending into the 1950s, the demand by celebrities and the wealthy for vacation homes merged with architectural flair called Mid-Century Moderns. Half dozen architects specialized in this Desert Modernism trend. An example is this former home of The Rat Pack. The post and beam design was built in 1959 by […]