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  • Rachelle C
    38 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The tram itself is amazing. The floor rotates and it speeds up the mountain. Loved that part. Parking was $15, which was a little pricey, but we got the food option added to our ticket, which was only $10, and although a cafeteria-type meal, still probably underpriced, a rarity these days. I felt like the parking subsidized the meal.

    Tickets are available online or in person. I think the way they do this makes no sense. They allocate a certain number of tickets to sell online, but then say they rarely actually sell out of in person tickets, so if they are sold out online, just come in person. So they were sold out online the day we wanted to go, so we drove up there in person. But the wait time once we got there was two hours. I wish they had just let us buy a ticket online, so we could have timed our arrival better and not had to sit around two hours.

    It was really cold at the top in April. Dress warm. They had hiking and camping options that looked really fun. We might go back someday for the hiking and camping part. Overall, a good time.
    Written April 10, 2024
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  • RobBoston80
    Boston, MA1,215 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was surprisingly great! I love aviation, my parents not so much. But they had a blast looking over all the exhibits. The library and Ukraine displays were pretty nice too!
    Written March 10, 2024
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  • Grover R
    Pensacola, FL18,095 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    During our week in Southern California, we visited 3 National Parks, but the best hiking of the trip was here in the Indian Canyons. When you hear the name Palm Springs, this is the natural occurrence that gives the name. We saw one of these natural oases in JTNP, but the size and beauty of the oasis here is so much more impressive. However, the hiking here which links stretches in the oasis with stretches in the hills provides incredible contrast.

    One of my friends I hiked with said it was like hiking in Hawaii (in the oasis), then Arizona (the desert hills) and to look up at Colorado (the snow-capped San Jacinto Peak). While the palm oasis is amazing, these hikes are more as the desert here was amazing in the spring, so many cacti in bloom. All this time you are hiking in the shadows of the high San Jacinto mountains, especially San Jacinto Peak which was snow-capped for our visit.

    Yes, it cost to visit tribal land and yes, it can be crowded. However, there is a reason as this has some of the best hiking. You will not be disappointed by a visit here. Simply the desert or oasis trails would be impressive on their own, but you will get both. Another unique treat is the entrance to the canyons where the road in and out is a single car lane going between the canyon wall and bolder along the creek. Anyways all of it will add up to the best experience in the Palm Springs area. I cannot recommend the hiking here more.
    Written April 13, 2024
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  • Grover R
    Pensacola, FL18,095 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    San Jacinto Mountain looms over Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. One of the Southern California Saints along with San Antonio in the San Gabriels and San Gorgonio in the San Bernadinos, the mountain reaches 10,800 feet which is not that high even for the state of California; however, its prominences, which measures how high the mountain feels, is one of the top 30 most prominent mountains in North American. This is why the Coachella Valley feels so impressive snugged under the snow-capped mountain. Between the Mojave Desert of Joshua Tree NP and the Colorado Desert of the Coachella Valley, you simply dont expect to see snowed capped mountains, especially in late March but San Jacinto is one.

    We had the chance to see if from Joshua Tree National Park and from the Indian Canyons of Palm Springs as well as simply driving in the Coachella Valley and it is impressive from anywhere you see. You can take the tram to about 8,500 feet and hike the remainer to the top. However, in March when we visited to as late as May, that hike will be in snow. The mountain is an impressive attraction to any Palm Springs visit.
    Written April 10, 2024
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  • David Marino
    California564 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    There is so much to see here, and it’s the best ticket in town. The new Norman Zammit show is not to be missed, and the Queer Art exhibition from the permanent collection is strong. Amazing permanent collection, great architecture and a new restaurant opening from a top chef. Go with friends and family and you will love it!
    Written April 4, 2024
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  • Grover R
    Pensacola, FL18,095 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    For the first time on our Spring Break trip, we had a free day, and I did what I love, I hiked. After a morning hike in Palm Canyon and lunch with our wives in downtown, I hiked Tahquitz Canyon by myself. Per AllTrails, the hike is 2miles round trip with 324 feet in elevation and is the number 1 hike in the San Jacinto National Monument. I started the trail at 3:00 PM and finished at 4:00 PM on a day when the high was only around 80.

    The hike and the canyon are absolutely beautiful, especially in the Spring when so many plants were in bloom. In addition to the flowers, Spring has to be one of the best times as the water level seemed high the waterfall had a consistent flow. The hike itself is two loops connected in between by a single trail. The trail crosses the creek several times for great pictures but the best in a waterfall created by a pinch in the canyon that traps water above. Once it pours out of the pinch, it cascades down the canyon all the way to Palm Springs.

    Again, the flowers were incredible, but I can see the beauty of the canyon no matter the season. If water is flowing that is rarity in the desert that adds to the attraction. With the flowers there were a number of insects and bees on the trail. With that said I was not bothered by them. While I thought the water would bring more wildlife, there were a lot of people, so the only wildlife were lizards. All in all, this is a great attraction to see in Palm Springs. For me on a mild Spring day, temperatures were not a problem, but I can see with all the rocks, afternoon hikes could only be good for a portion of the year. While the trail in Indian property, does cost, I thought it was well worth the money.
    Written April 10, 2024
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  • Ashley W
    Palm Springs, CA25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited Coachella Valley - desert paradise! Gorgeous landscapes and endless adventures. Loved every moment! There was so much to explore
    Written April 17, 2024
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  • d22randy
    Anchorage, AK282 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great thing to do on a Thursday night! Lots of fun food, crafts, vendors, people watching and dog strolling! There are a lot of different types of vendors...from books to candles to all things date, bakery items, ponchos and the list goes on!
    Written February 17, 2024
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  • Grover R
    Pensacola, FL18,095 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    While it may not be my favorite thing, the ladies on our trip were glad to have a free day where they could shop and the place to go is Palm Canyon Drive. We met them here for lunch at El Patron on Palm Canyon as well. It is the main street for Downtown Palm Springs both retail and hospitality. For those in your group that may not want to do outdoor activities all day, this is a welcomed diversion.
    Written April 10, 2024
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  • Grover R
    Pensacola, FL18,095 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    In the mountains around Palm Springs and Joshua Tree NP, there are a number of oasis canyons with large palms. The most impressive in terms of size and number of trees is Palm Canyon. It is amazing how many, how big and how thick the palms are in this canyon. The day before in Joshua Tree NP we hiked to 49 Palms which is really cool. However, the first glance you get of Palm Canyon from the Visitor Center parking lot will provide 4-5 times as many palms as you will see in the national park. Then you descend into the canyon and more impressive than the canyon is the size of the palms you are walking under.

    Also, here you will actually find water running the canyon from snow melt high above. You will get to cross it on rocks in the stream which are great places for pictures. While there are signs warning of snakes, we did not see any real wildlife other than birds and lizards.

    What is interesting is the palms. Some are clothed by the dying frowns of seasons past, some are just the naked trunk, and some have evidence of fire damage. With that said, these palms are beautiful and provide great shade that makes it comfortable to hike despite being in the desert. Nowhere is that more noticeable than when you leave the canyon and you find yourself in the scorching sun. Within steps of the canyon path, you go from under the trees to great views above but no shade.

    There is a charge to visit Palm Canyon. However, for our group, the value of what you will see here far exceeds that charge. It is a truly magical place within the desert.
    Written April 13, 2024
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  • elizabethlascheid
    Los Angeles, CA4,881 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a beautiful trail. It is marked as "easy", but it is not. I would call it moderate. Depending on the time of year, it can be wet and it always is a tad rocky. In the summer do not try this trail in the heat of the day. It gets so very hot. If you insist travel with water and don't go to far in.

    We came here around 8:30 am on a weekday and got right in paying $12 per person to enter.

    Park near the "Trading Post". They have some information there.

    We did a good portion of the Palm Canyon trail. It is stunning with a collection of tall palm trees and a creek flowing through the oasis that is there. This area had nice shade. The wildlife is not easy to find but now and again we saw rabbits and some lizards. Do not touch them. There are beautiful rocks and grassy type areas. It is just so pretty.

    I wish they had bathrooms, there are some porta pottys which are gross. Make sure to bring some wet wipes or something or you will be sorry you didn't.

    Overall, it is beautiful. It is not at all disabled friendly. A wheel chair would be close to impossible to get over all the little rocks and bumps. You don't have to be in great shape, but you will be walking.

    Have a safe time. Remove nothing from the area.
    Written April 1, 2024
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  • Danno1961
    Streamwood, Illinois60 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    First, realize that this is not a large botanical garden. It's a small private garden that has a wonderful assortment of dessert plants. The entrance fee was reasonable. Expect to spend about a half hour walking through the place. We saw several hummingbirds enjoying the garden, too!
    Written April 10, 2024
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