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Palm Springs and the Desert Resorts Sights

Coachella Valley Preserve

  • 29200 Thousand Palms Canyon Rd. Map It
  • Thousand Palms
  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Updated 05/08/2015

Fodor's 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. Families like the relatively flat trail that is mostly shaded. The preserve has a visitor center, nature and equestrian trails, restrooms, and picnic facilities. Guided hikes are offered. Be aware that it's exceptionally hot in summer here.

Sight Information


29200 Thousand Palms Canyon Rd., Thousand Palms, California, 92276, United States

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Visitor center mid-Oct.–mid-Apr., daily 8–4; mid-Apr.–May and Sept.–mid-Oct., daily 8–noon
  • Closed June–Aug.

Updated 05/08/2015


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