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Coachella Valley Preserve

Coachella Valley Preserve Review

For a glimpse of how the desert appeared before development, head northeast from Palm Springs to this preserve. It has a system of sand dunes and several palm oases that were formed because the San Andreas Fault lines here allow water flowing underground to rise to the surface. A mile-long walk along Thousand Palms Oasis reveals pools supporting the tiny endangered desert pupfish and more than 183 bird species. The preserve has a visitor center, nature and equestrian trails, restrooms, and picnic facilities. Guided hikes are offered. Note that it is exceptionally hot in summer here.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 29200 Thousand Palms Canyon Rd., Thousand Palms, CA 92276 | Map It
  • Phone: 760/343–2733
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Visitor Center Sept. 1–Oct. 14, daily 8–noon; Oct. 15–Apr. 14, daily 8–4; Apr. 15–May 31, daily 8–noon
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  • Location: Indio
Updated: 05-21-2013

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