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Tahquitz Canyon, Palm Springs

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Inhabited for thousands of years by the Cahuilla tribe, Tahquitz Canyon remains part of the tribe's legacy and is now overseen by the tribe's Agua Caliente Band. Walk the 3.2 km (2 mi) hiking trail through the canyon to Tahquitz Falls. The falls collect in a shallow pool you can wade through. The water also feeds an oasis of palms and desert growth that lines the trail. If you hike to the falls, bring drinking water, sunscreen, and a towel to dry your feet after wading. Plan to see Tahquitz Canyon and other attractions that appeal to you using our Palm Springs itinerary planner.
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  • Nice hike out in the open desert both ways, it is a mile as the crow fly's, each way. But the streams and the 50' waterfall are beautiful and refreshing. Pack three bottles of water for each person an...  more »
  • This is a very nice peaceful, tranquil trail. There is a waterfall, however when we went, it was during a draught period and the waterfall was dry. But the trail still gives a beautiful view of the de...  more »
  • This is a very enjoyable hike with great trails along the tahquitz river and to the falls. The interpretive centre is very nicely appointed and has a great video to watch. There is a chance of seeing ...  more »
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  • Great hike and a beautiful waterfall at the end! Lots of interesting caves and plants and lizards to stop and look at along the way. Met some great people hiking, too! Plentiful parking, a friendly staff and nicely maintained trails...if the fee is to maintain this great little place tucked away ....take my money!
  • Great little park only a few minutes out of downtown PS. A short drive to a reasonably large parking lot, a quick stop at the visitors center to get your pass, and then you're on the trail. Not a difficult path to the falls, but you'll want to carry water as it could get warm in the sun. We went earlier in the day, and for a while walked in the shade till the sun got high enough to light up the canyon. The falls were looking good the day we got there, but others have said that there have been times when the water is barely running. A nice picnic area with a table or some rocks to sit on under a tree awaits you when you get back after the hike.
  • Such a beautiful place to visit! Very well kept and clean. Easy trail to a great waterfall for swimming
  • Pay to hike? beyond infuriating! Walking away from the visitors center as I write this. Took everything in me not to flip out in there.
  • Not worth the price for the hike. Path was washed out at top and could only do half of trail. Only go if you really want to see the waterfall.