Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, Morongo Valley

#4 of 8 in Wildlife in California Desert
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is located in Morongo Valley. Add Big Morongo Canyon Preserve and other attractions to your Morongo Valley trip itinerary using our Morongo Valley day trip planner .
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  • This is the place that you must stop and experience. You can just do a short walk all on boardwalk planking through the marshland. If you're up to it there are several other more adventures hikes. The...  more »
  • We hiked all of the shorter trails in less than 2 hours. If you have 5 hours, try the canyon hike. We walked midday in December, so we did not see much wildlife -- just some birds and lizards. Still, ...  more »
  • We made the 30+ minute drive from Palm Desert to BMCR for a guided group bird walk. The canyon is 2000 feet above the valley floor and is very impressive. We spent a little more than two hours on the ...  more »
  • We hiked about three and a half miles out along Canyon Trail - and then back the way we came. A really fantastic hike - we only saw two other groups the whole time we were out there. The path is mainly a sandy road/trail running alongside what would in the Spring presumably be a river or stream. Saw quite a few birds - and three deer right at the end from the parking lot - but the main thing was how blissfully isolated we felt out on the trail. I could do it again tomorrow...
  • Nice park, surprisingly green for the general area. We went for a loop hike through the hills (handy maps and signage along the way), neat to see the varied vegetation along the way. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Wow my favorite so far. So many trails and different scenery. I saw 2 deer when I went. So majestic and so worth it. Great hike.
  • We loved this peaceful and beautiful oasis in Yucca Valley. You'd never expect to find a place like this in the middle of the desert especially just a few miles from Joshua Tree. Free parking and entrance. The icing on the cake was being greeted by a few deers on our walk. This is one place not to be missed.
  • A lovely getaway, hidden in Morongo Valley. Due to a high water table, it is a bit of an oasis in the desert. Also a great birders spot.

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