Palm Springs and the Desert Resorts Sights

Indian Canyons

  • 38520 S. Palm Canyon Dr. Map It
  • Palm Springs
  • Canyon
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Murray Canyon, Palm Canyon, Palm Springs, California

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Published 11/12/2015

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The Indian Canyons are the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente, part of the Cahuilla people. You can see remnants of their ancient life, including rock art, house pits and foundations, irrigation ditches, bedrock mortars, pictographs, and stone houses and shelters atop cliff walls. Short, easy walks through the canyons reveal palm oases, waterfalls, and, in spring, wildflowers. Tree-shaded picnic areas are abundant. The attraction includes three canyons open for touring: Palm Canyon, noted for its stand of Washingtonia palms; Murray Canyon, home of Peninsula bighorn sheep and a herd of wild ponies; and Andreas Canyon, where a stand of fan palms contrasts with sharp rock formations. Ranger-led hikes to Palm and Andreas canyons are offered daily for an additional charge. The trading post at the entrance to Palm Canyon has hiking maps and refreshments, as well as Native American art, jewelry, and weavings.

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38520 S. Palm Canyon Dr., south of Acanto Dr., Palm Springs, California, 92262, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $9, ranger hikes $3
  • Oct.–June, daily 8–5; July–Sept., Fri.–Sun. 8–5

Published 11/12/2015


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