Art in Public Places. Several self-guided tours cover the works in Palm Desert's 150-piece Art in Public Places collection. Each tour is walkable or drivable. Maps and information about guided tours (one Saturday each month) are available at the city's visitor center and online. Palm Desert Visitor Center, 73510 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, California, 92260. 760/568–1441; Free.

Best of the Best Tours. One of the valley's largest outfits leads tours into Andreas Canyon, along the celebrity circuit, or to view windmills up close. 760/320–1365; From $40.

Desert Adventures. This outfit's two- to four-hour jeep, SUV, or van tours explore Joshua Tree National Park, Indian Canyon, Mecca Hills Painted Canyons, and the San Andreas Fault. The groups are small and the guides are knowledgeable. Departures are from Palm Springs and/or La Quinta; hotel pickups are available. 760/324–5337; From $79.

Trail Discovery Hiking Tours. For more than two decades, this outfit has been guiding hikers of all abilities through the desert canyons of the Palm Springs area. Tours include Joshua Tree National Park, Indian Canyons, San Jacinto State Park, and sections of the Pacific Crest Trail. 760/413–1575; From $75.

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