Indian Canyons, Palm Springs

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Hike a riverbed to a palm oasis at , where the most popular trail runs through Andreas and Palm Canyon. At the end of the trail in Palm Canyon, lush greenery feeds off a desert stream. The boulders can make the trail challenging in places, but the reward is a cool, trickling brook and the shade of large palms. Remember to bring sunscreen, a hat, water, and sturdy hiking shoes. Purchase trail tickets for a reduced price at the visitor center near the Tram Road entrance. Make Indian Canyons a part of your Palm Springs vacation plans using our Palm Springs trip planner.
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  • I had never been to a desert oasis before and found it fascinating to see all the palm trees in the canyon surrounded by desert and cacti. Would love to see it in the spring when the water is... 
    I had never been to a desert oasis before and found it fascinating to see all the palm trees in the canyon surrounded by desert and cacti. Would love to see it in the spring when the water is...  more »
  • Andreas Canyon is a lovely one hour loop hike that's mostly shaded. It's home to the world’s second-largest California Fan Palm oasis. We all loved it so much. We went early in the morning (around... 
    Andreas Canyon is a lovely one hour loop hike that's mostly shaded. It's home to the world’s second-largest California Fan Palm oasis. We all loved it so much. We went early in the morning (around...  more »
  • Wonderful hiking area with a variety of paths to take. Some were fairly easy with great views of palms and others were longer but still enjoyable with canyon and palm trees. Lots of picnic tables... 
    Wonderful hiking area with a variety of paths to take. Some were fairly easy with great views of palms and others were longer but still enjoyable with canyon and palm trees. Lots of picnic tables...  more »
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  • I definitely recommend visiting early in the day- not because the trails are long or difficult but because it gets unbelievably HOT and some trails have no shade. Definitely recommend you do the Palm Canyon and Andreas Canyon loops- both are scenic and easy. You may be wondering why I only rated Indian Canyons 3 stars. The reason is because nearly all the workers I interacted with (including a park ranger) were unfriendly- I will give a shout out to the maintenance workers though, didn’t interact with them but I saw them working hard cleaning up Palm Tree debris at the Palm Canyon area. On one trail someone placed a dirty diaper in the middle of the trail- gross. Also worth mentioning- there is no visitors center here. The only place to buy water is at the Trading Post in the park- we didn’t see any water bottle refill stations. All in all- yes I recommend this place for the natural beauty. Would I return? Most likely not. Why? Because of the workers that I interacted with. Keep in mind there is a fee of $12 per person to enter this park- there are discounts available for students, seniors, children, military, etc.
  • Andreas Canyon is a lovely one hour loop hike that's mostly shaded. It's home to the world’s second-largest California Fan Palm oasis. We all loved it so much. We went early in the morning (around 9:30am in April) which was perfect. Cost was $12 per adult which we paid at the ranger station. They accepted a credit card. Great for kids. Love seeing all this water in the desert.Just watch for rattle snakes. We didn't see any but other hikers told us they had seen one. I would go again. It really was so amazing!
  • A great outing for both enthusiasts and more casual walkers. Roads, trails, and signage are much like a national park. Trails are variously rated from relatively easy to tougher ones. It’s best to get there at the 0800 opening because, by mid-morning, it gets fairly hot – at least in April when we were there. (It’s hard to image afternoons especially in May and June. It is not even open July, August, and September.) Trails are well-rated – from modest walks with some ups-and-down to hikes with more challenging terrain. Footing ranges from soft sand to bare rock. A couple of the easier options also provide a fair amount of shade from big old palm trees along the streams. Fees are reasonable – less than most national parks: Adults: $12 Seniors 62+: $7 Students (with ID): $7 Children 6-12: $6 Military: free with ID (Given how they were treated by pioneers and others through the years, it seems like it’s perfectly appropriate for them to have some return on the limited land they were forced to live on.) They have ranger talks October-June, Friday thru Sunday: 10 am: leaves from the Trading Post and goes through the Palm Canyon 1.5 hours 1 pm: leaves from Andreas parking and does the Andreas loop 1.5 hours
  • We went for a hike here, did the Victor to the Palm Canyon Trails (with a bit of the Fern Trail at the very beginning), early morning in the winter. It was a great hike, a nice loop that let us see two different perspectives of Palm Canyon and the surrounding area. We decided to do the more exposed, higher elevation trail first, which turned out to be a good idea. The sun was not yet blazing, so it was still pleasant enjoying the sunshine and views from up high. Then we circled down into the canyon, which was wonderfully cool and even a little damp, probably because it had rained pretty hard just two days before. It was a relaxing, non-strenuous way to end the trip, with the sun filtering through all the palms above us.
  • A very impessive experience. We did the shortest hike through Andreas Canyon. It looked and felt like the scenery from jurassic park. It was so beautiful and interesting to see how nature finds it‘s way even in such a hostile environment.

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