Are You An Explorer Who Enjoys Fascinating Places?

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As an explorer, discovering new places is at the top of your list. Your love of the outdoors gives you the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of your daily life. Clearing your head and finding your center will let you return to your daily responsibilities with a new lease on life.

Never been to Palm Springs? This desert oasis is just what you need to change your mind set. What with all of the hiking trails, outdoor activities, desert flora, and wild life, a visit to Palm Springs is just the release you’ve been looking for. Let us give you some ideas to get you started on your exploring expedition.

Nature

Exploring the great outdoors is fun, relaxing, educational and therapeutic all rolled into one. Finding trails to hike, places to have a relaxing picnic and discovering native plant and animal life in Palm Springs is very, very easy.

Coachella Valley Preserve

Just minutes from Palm Springs on the northern side of the Coachella Valley sits the stunning Coachella Valley Preserve. This desert oasis has 30 miles of hiking trails, several locations to have a picnic, gorgeous wildflowers and many species of wildlife.

If you want to explore on your own, it’s a good idea to pick up a map from the charming visitors center. Browse around a little before you head out. This palm log cabin is very rustic as it was built in the 1930s.

There are various hiking and educational events that go on throughout the year. You can take a birding walk, learn about the ecology and geology of the area. A family walk and talk is also available. Young and old alike will learn about the desert and how to help take care of it properly. Hikers can also learn about plants that are native to the land as well as the wildlife that inhabits the area.

Indian Canyons Hiking

The area known as Indian Canyon has over 60 miles of well-kept walking and hiking trails. These trails range from easy to extremely strenuous. The shortest and easiest trail is the Andreas Trail. It is 1.2 miles long. Perfect if you just want to get a breath of fresh air and see some desert beauty. In contrast, the most strenuous and longest hiking trail is most definitely the Hahn Buena Vista trail. This trail is 12.3 miles long.

 

The Indian Canyon area is where the indigenous people of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians developed their first reservation. They were an independent, industrious group of people who grew their own crops, made their own medicines, built their own homes and dug irrigation ditches. Some of these remanents can still be seen here today.

Cactus to Clouds

The Cactus to Clouds trail entrance is located directly behind the Palm Springs Art Museum and takes you to the San Jacinto Peak with an elevation gain of 10,300 feet. You can ride the tram back down.

 This trail is rated as strenuous, so it is only recommended for those who are in great physical shape and knowledge of the trails or a guide. Not a good trail for a family hike with the kids. Previous hikers have said it is a very challenging hike but the astounding view at the top makes it worth all the effort.

Social Tours

Palm Springs is a bustling weekend getaway, extended vacation spot, and a paradise for explorers! There are so many things to do and see, so allow yourself plenty of time. We are sure you will want to return again and again.

Sunny Cycles

As if there wasn’t already enough to do and see in Palm Springs, the introduction of the social cycle happens. There are several tours available on this electric limousine cycle. It’s a great way to socialize, get a light workout and see some amazing sites while enjoying the great outdoors.

This is possibly the biggest bicycle you will ever come across! The cycle holds 16 passengers who peddle their way through Palm Springs while a trained guide steers you to various spots throughout the city.

Heritage Sites

Palm Springs is a cultural mecca. There are many places located throughout Greater Palm Springs where can learn the history and culture of the region.

Village Green Heritage Center

This center is a tribute to the early pioneers of the desert. Inside the center, you will find historic buildings such as the McCallum Adobe, Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, Ruddy’s General Store and the Palm Springs Historical Society. A gorgeous statue of an Indian woman sits proudly on the grounds along with a Mexican made water fountain.

Within these buildings, locals and visitors alike will be taken back in time. Memorabilia of some of the area’s first settlers of the area is on display. John McCallum was one of Palm Springs’ first white settlers. His home now holds memorabilia and antiques from his family. There is an amazing exhibit of stage and screen stars here. Two films are available for viewing. One covers the history of Palm Springs while the other takes you back 80 years to what life was like during that era.

Landmarks

Most envision pools, parties and music festivals when thinking about Palm Springs. While the area is full of these things, did you know that there are many landmarks to explore? There are statues of famous people, roadside art, and many other unique sites to explore.

Fountain of Life

Located on Highway 111 in the town square of stunning Cathedral City sits an amazing piece of art known as the “Fountain of Life”.

Hand-cut tiles and mosaics adorn the outside of the fountain. Encircling the three steel columns are sculptures of wildlife, wildflowers, the endangered bighorn sheep and other creatures found in the desert. This is a great place to take a break and let the calming sounds from the fountain rejuveniate your soul. The children will have a ball cooling off under the water spray.

Hole in the Wall – Volkswagen Beetle Spider

Standing tall outside of the “Hole in the Wall” Welding Shop in Palm Springs is a gigantic spider that has a full-size Volkswagen Beetle for a body. This work of art serves as a canopy, if you will, to the entrance of the building. Also, on the grounds is a smaller spider and other welded metal sculptures such as rock formations and cacti. Great photo ops to share with your friends and family back home.

 

Rentals

If you choose to pick up a map from the visitors’ center so you can explore Palm Springs on your own, then by all means, visit one of the rental places mentioned here. Decide for yourself how you will explore Palm Springs. But if you would rather go on a more structured adventure, guided tours are available as well.

Eagle Rider Motorcycle Rental

A unique way to tour Palm Springs is on a motorcycle. Eagle Rider Motorcycle Rental has you covered. They are the largest motorcycle rental company in the world. They have several different styles of bikes to choose from. The Palm Desert location is one of the few that has BMWs for rent.

From making your reservations to returning your bike, this is certainly the adventure of a lifetime. There are several guided tours and self-guided tours as well. Don’t worry about getting lost on your self-guided tour. The map has been carefully laid out by staff members who know all about the nooks and crannies of the area.

Bike Rentals

If you enjoy exploring while getting a good workout at the same time, then you should consider renting a bike for your journey through Palm Springs. Riding a bike gives you a whole new perspective. You are going to see things that you might otherwise miss using another form of transport.

There are several bike rental shops to choose from in the greater Palm Springs area. Manual bikes, electric bikes, and bikes for two can be rented. If you just want to ride through the city, the cruising bike is your best bet. The trails will require a mountain bike. Do you want to purchase a map and explore on your own with your friends and family? Or do you prefer a guided tour? Each shop can help you with either. Check out this guide for Bike Routes in the area.

There are so many different places to explore in the greater Palm Springs area, that you may not know where to start. The purpose of this article is to give you an idea of what types of exploring you can do. It is impossible to experience all that Palm Springs has to offer in one visit. We know you won’t be able to ignore the call of exploring Palm Springs. So expect to return again and again.

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