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Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
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Wildlands Preserve Nature Tour
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Owner description: Tucked among the Little San Bernardino Mountains, this desert reserve is one of the largest of its kind in California.
Twentynine Palms
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

nice view interesting history about the land,great place to relax and kick back or head to the park area for kids and adults too ;].

Visited July 2013
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Seattle
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50 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Green Jewel in the Desert”
Reviewed 28 June 2013

We were looking for a nice place to view wildlife in Southern California in late June. The weather is already heating up so it's hard to stay cool outdoors, but this place saved us! [We can't get away during spring or fall, so this was our only opportunity.] The Friends of Morongo Canyon website was concisely informative, complete with virtual tours of most of the trails, so we had a good idea of what we'd encounter.
We Seattlelites found the late-June heat quite oppressive until we actually arrived and entered the cool green groves of the oasis. The trails are very well planned, laid out, and signed, and the surfaces so smooth that hiking boots are not needed. The Preserve provides very nice detailed trail maps and a bird checklist. We were well advised to pack plenty of water and drank almost all of it, but even so got slightly disoriented in the heat. There is an education center in the middle of the preserve, which, when we arrived, was hosting a small summer camp for children. But the leaders kindly allowed us to tour the building, which features a small lending library.
The best experiences: seeing birds that we had heard about but never seen, especially the colorful tanagers.

Visited June 2013
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Cathedral City, California, United States
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114 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Canyon has a lot of local competition”
Reviewed 24 May 2013

The mecca Hills offer much more in terms of canyon hiking and beauty.
The reserve does offer structured walks as in board walks and trail through the canyon. Weekly bird walks do yield interesting sightings but the competition in the Coachella Valley is stiff and this would not be my first choice.

Visited February 2013
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Chorley, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“a good place for short, easy trails”
Reviewed 26 March 2013

We stopped off here on our way back from visiting the Joshua Tree National Park and so unfortunately didn't have a lot of time to really explore. We did though manage to walk the Marsh Trail - an easy trail that follows a very well maintained board walk around a marsh area and through thickets of trees that in February were still without leaves.

Near to the car park are some restrooms.

Just be warned - the preserve isn't well signposted from the main road - look out for Willie Boys Saloon, the turning is almost opposite.

Visited February 2013
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San Clemente California
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195 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Desert Hiking at its Best”
Reviewed 11 March 2013

Though I am a fan of hiking in green deciduous woods, the hikes here are really beautiful in another way. Well marked trails, nice places to stop and birdwatch and gorgeous desert and mountain views. Great for all ages as the hikes can be in small bits (loops) or combined to make a longer one. Great afternoon or morning hike when visiting Palm Desert and Palm Springs area.

Visited March 2013
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