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Hiking the Indian Canyons, Palm Springs
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Hiking the Indian Canyons, Palm Springs
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Joshua Tree National Park hiking near Palm Springs
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Desert oasis near Palm Springs
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Hiking in Palm Canyon near Palm Springs
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Mountain views in Palm Springs
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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway in California
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Mountain views while hiking in Palm Springs
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Mountain hiking near Palm Springs
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    California

The fantastic weather, the beautiful lush wilderness and the fascinating topography make Palm Springs the ideal outdoor vacation destination.

Greater Palm Springs in California is home to incredible, unique landscapes, and as we hiked, biked, rode horses and hot-air ballooned around the area, we found it to be the ultimate paradise for nature lovers.

A Hiker’s Heaven

We soon found out the Palm Springs area has an abundance of hiking trails. We began our hiking adventures at Indian Canyons. With its waterfalls at Tahquitz Canyon and large collection of fan palm trees in Palm Canyon, it was not only lush and beautiful, but the trails offer many historical and culturally significant sites to explore. As we started our hike, we were greeted by a friendly ranger who guided us on a walk as he explained the long history of the Agua Caliente Indians on this land. There are many hike options in length and difficulty for both amateur and experienced hikers. You can also horseback ride through the canyons on certain trails.

The famous Joshua Tree National Park was as beautiful as we had expected and incredibly peaceful. We hiked and biked a few of its 12 self-guided trails by day and camped there for the night. Perhaps most surprisingly, the gateway to great hikes exists right in the heart of Palm Springs at the Aerial Tramway. It is the world’s largest rotating tram car and it takes you up Chino Canyon, almost two kilometers, to access the most breathtaking mountaintop views of the valley below.