Indian Canyons Palm Springs
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Palm Springs Indian Canyons Attraction Palm Desert California



Palm Springs Indian Canyons

Palm Springs--At the visitors center a Native American cultural desk provides information about Agua Caliente Band of Cahulla Indians, who have lived some 10,000 years in the the region. Literature includes newsletters and brochures about several attractions, Spa Resort Casino Hotel (100 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs), and Indian Canyons,


A getaway trip to Palm Springs offers many attractions and activities, and for those inspired by the desert surroundings, a visit to the Indian Canyons is a must-see experience. A toll gate is open daily till July, then only opens on weekends until October (due to extreme heat in the desert during the summer months of July, August and September.) The fee for entry was under $10 at the time we visited, with ranger led hikes costing a nominal, additional fee.


Three canyons comprise this driving tour where visitors can park at designated spots to get out and hike. Murray Canyon, Palm Canyon and Andreas Canyon are the three attractions within the park, each offering things to see and do. Hikes are quite popular in the spring when wildflowers and cacti bloom after one of those rare desert rains that make its way over the San Jacinto Mountains with still enough water to touch this arid land. As you look up and see snow-capped peaks, you learn that the weather system that brings rain and snow to the westerly slopes of the mountain resort, Idyllwild, leaves little moisture or precipitation for the Palm Desert. Hikes in the canyons treat visitors to scenic streams, the result of run-off from snow melts.


A hike down the rocky Palm Canyon (stretches 15 miles) affords views of a stream where hikers can sit next to the California Fan Palm trees for a picnics. The half-mile radius of Andreas Canyon offers a glimpse into the past with bedrock mortars and metates still shaped in the rocks. Around 150 plants and types of vegetation exists within this canyon floor, though you may not see or recognize all of them. Heading south from Andreas Canyon, Murray Canyon sometimes offers visitors a glimpse of the mule deer or the endangered Peninsula Big Horn Sheep. The sheep and Least Bells Vireo birds that nest in this location are both endangered species.


While parking on the roads is not permitted, cars can park past the entry booth at the Palm Canyon lot next to the guard booth, or at a parking lot accessing Murray and Andreas Canyons.


For more exploration of native American culture in this region, be sure to visit the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum in downtown Palm Springs. It is located at 219 South Palm Canyon Drive at the Village Green Heritage Center, Palm Springs, CA.




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