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Explore The Iconic Palm Springs Windmills

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Coming from Los Angeles, thousands of huge windmills greet travelers on both sides of Interstate 10. This natural wind tunnel is the San Gorgonio Pass and is the gap between Southern California’s two highest mountains. The Palm Springs windmill farm was the first for Southern California, opening in 1982.

Original Carter Wind Farm Est 1982
Original Carter Wind Farm Est 1982

In 2022, the Palm Springs windmill farm will celebrate its 40th year of generating clean energy. To commemorate this anniversary, The Palm Springs Windmill Tours curated a new exhibit on the history of how the first wind farm in Southern California got started. They are the only windmill tour in the U.S. that offers in-depth tours on a private wind farm. This is a very popular thing to do while visiting Palm Springs and is great for all ages.

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The Palm Springs Windmill Tours not only tells you a story of 40 years of wind farms in Southern California, you will also learn about wind energy, how a wind turbine works, and a bit about the history of wind power. You will also learn why the San Gorgonio Pass is one of the most consistently windy places in the United States. After the tour, you will have a better understanding about renewable energy as a whole, which is so important to the future of our planet.

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About The Tours

You have two options. For those that want a personal and custom tour, take a VIP charted tour. For those happy to learn and explore on your own, take a self-driving tour in the comfort of your own vehicle. Remember, this is a private wind farm, so you can only access many of the locations through Palm Springs Windmill Tours. Get ready to see some windmill blades as long as a football field!

Here’s how the tours work.

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 VIP Chartered Tour – 2 hours

The VIP Chartered Tour will take you on a “behind the scene” journey of the wind farms in their electric vehicle with a personal Wind Tour Guide. The tour begins with a video orientation that introduces the wind farm and explains how and why wind energy works. Guests then board a five-passenger covered electric cart for an unforgettable open-air experience on the 100-acre wind farm. This is a fantastic interactive experience.

This VIP Chartered has a minimum of two passengers and a maximum of five. Reservations must be made in advance.  Book Now

Available 10 am – 2pm

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Self-Driving Tour – Approximately 1.5 hours

Upon entering the private wind farm, you will check in at the Tour Center. Here you can view timeline exhibits and video on the history of the wind farm.  A tour guide is on property at all times and is available for assistance.

Equipped with audio, you will visit 10 clearly visible marked stops on your tour. You are encouraged to get out of your vehicle and explore the windmills. There are also two additional optional stops ending up above a vista for some great photos.

You can book this tour online in advance, or just drop by. If you book online, an email confirmation will include a downloadable APP for bonus material. Kids under 12 are free.

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 Available 9 am – 2 pm.

 Palm Springs Windmill Tours – 62950 20th Avenue, Palm Springs, 92262

Book online or call (800) 531-5834

Note: Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and wind, including closed-toed shoes.

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