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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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  • My husband and I nearly didn't try this hike as the information talks about 300+ steps and fitness levels but we were very glad that we gave it a go. The steps, such as they are. are not all in the sa...  more »
  • We went on a hike in this beautiful canyon 3/27/17 and I highly recommend it. I have to point out that this is on Native American land they believe in keeping the land as it was from the beginning. Ot...  more »
  • several we talked to downplayed this hike. maybe because it had rained a lot before we got there, but we enjoyed it greatly. well marked one way hike up the mountain to the waterfall and then back dow...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Visitor center with a short film about Cahuilla Indians living in the area for centuries. Very good ranger guided walk up the Canyon and back. More fertile than most areas locally due to good water source, seasonally. A waterfall that is impressive even in November when not flowing.
  • Gorgeous canyon with amazing hiking trails led by knowledgeable rangers.