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

Address:

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

Map It

Phone:

760-343–2733

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

Advertisement

Map View

Map of



Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?

Experience

Ease

Value

Don't Miss

Advertisement

X

No Thanks

Love To Travel?

Get FREE e-mail communications from Fodor's Travel, covering must-see travel destinations, expert trip planning advice, and travel inspiration to fuel your passion.

Thank You

Now sit back, relax, and check your inbox to start planning your next travel adventure.

Please tell us more about the type of travel you're interested in. Check all that apply.