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Coachella Valley Preserve

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Formed by a system of sand dunes, this 20,000-acre sanctuary is home to several species of rare wildlife and a number of palm oases.
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29200 Thousand Palms Canyon Road, Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA
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All reviews the san andreas fault mccallum trail an oasis moon country palm trees visitor center thousand palms vista point natural state coachella valley bring water fan palms fault line easy hike open desert wear a hat miles round trip
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The trails are great, but our car was broken into and cards/cash was stolen. We learned from both Palm Desert PD and staff at the preserve this happens ALL THE TIME! Even their security cameras have been stolen. So just be warned, cars with out...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Steve M
Reviewed 4 days ago

Coachella Valley Preserve was recommended to us by our guide at the Windmill tour. We were definitely not disappointed. It was the perfect afternoon adventure. The information center had two really knowledgable people in it and very interesting to listen to. I think I could...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Wonderful walk in a desert oasis..all for a small donation. You get to see a house built from palm logs and walk among the native palms. The small lake is feed through underground water, and it is a cool respite from the surrounding desert. The...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 49er2014
Reviewed 5 days ago

When I walked through these palm oases, I felt like I was in an old sci-fi movie. The palms close in on the ponds and create an eerily beautiful sanctuary from the blazing desert just a few yards away. The boardwalk here provides sure footing...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank dressage2
Reviewed 5 days ago

So interesting to see these giant palms. Walk on the paths is hot and sunny so wear a hat! Great photo opps.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Susan S
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited 3 times in our 7 day trip to California, doing the short 2 mile round trip hike to McCallum Pond two times and another hike along the ridge to see the wildflowers - it was a great way to start the day.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Donna B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We did the hike out to the pond. Hike itself was easy enough. The wildflowers were blooming so very pretty. The first part of the hike is thru some wetlands and feels more like Florida than Cali!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank sigihowe
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was such a cool place to visit. Definitely take the Macallum trail to the oasis. The natural oasis is caused by the San Andreas fault pushing water up to the surface. So neat to see, it can get quite hot and there are areas...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank TracieW86
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hiked in early March. We spent several hours doing the Moon Trail -- moderate level hike. Very nice. The walkway through the palms was great too. Walking sticks were helpful once we left the palm tree walkway. No dogs allowed.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank rollngstone
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would think visiting this place would satisfy a bucket list item for many folks. An oasis in the middle of the desert and it sits atop the San Andreas Fault. The reserve has miles of trails and the portion that crosses over the actual...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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8 March 2019|
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Response from Phillis W | Reviewed this property |
You can do the little loop at the Coachella valley preserve to the oasis and back , that is easy and you can still see the followers. You can see the beautiful wild flowers at Joshua Tree park. You can enter from the south... More
29 May 2018|
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Response from Jeff D | Reviewed this property |
No. Walk right in for free. They do accept donations to support cause.
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31 January 2018|
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Response from Gypsy C | Reviewed this property |
This is a wild animal preserve, so dogs are definitely NOT allowed.