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Great Outdoors in Palm Springs

Take advantage of the great outdoors in Palm Springs and see some of these great sights. Here are some things to in the the Great Outdoors in Palm Springs.

Visit Moorten Botanical Gardens

This historic landmark has been around since 1938, and has been a favorite of everyone who visits it. The garden is named after the Moorten family — all desert plant specialists — who one day decided to convert their property into a living plant museum. There are thousands plants here plus a “Cactarium,” which is loaded with cacti and succulents.

Take a walking Tour

Whether you’re interested in learning about modernism, Palm Springs’ history, desert flora, or all about great food, a walking tour is a wonderful way to experience the best desert life has to offer while getting you up and moving too. Click the links to read more about the different walking tours that are available in Palm Springs.

See the view from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is possibly the city’s best known attraction.  You’ll ascend two and a half miles to the peak of Mt. San Jacinto in the world’s largest rotating tram car. Wander along the top of the world and take in the views, or bring your gear and commit to a hike along one of the wilderness trails at the top. If you’re looking to relax instead, sit outside and sip a cool drink or treat yourself to lunch or dinner in  Peaks Restaurant, The Lookout Lounge, or the Pines Café.  This is one of the best ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Palm Springs.

Walk the desert in Indian Canyons

Indian Canyons lies at the south end of Palm Springs on native land owned and managed by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. For a nominal admission fee, you’ll have access to numerous hiking trails which include river access and even waterfalls if the time of year is right.  Lush palm groves provide shady spots to rest or picnic. You’ll also find unique and stunning desert photo ops if you’re looking to flex your photography muscles. A small trading post can be found by following the road marked for “Palm Canyon” from the toll booth to a large parking area.

Visit one of the great regional attractions


Formerly the Annenberg family home and compound, this historic complex known as Sunnylands is a massive estate on acres of beautiful lush land. Former ambassadors, the Annenberg’s entertained presidents, royalty, celebrities, and international leaders here. The Annenberg family trust now runs meetings, retreats and conferences devoted to international understanding. Book early for a small group tour of the unbelievable modernist home, and a driving tour of the gardens and grounds (which includes a private golf course).


The Living Desert Zoo & Garden

If learning about desert flora and fauna is more your speed, head to Palm Desert where you’ll find the zoo-like Living Desert. See the gorgeous gardens laid out across easy to walk pathways, stop in at the Wildlife Hospital and check out any animals undergoing checkups or treatment.  Or just marvel at the vast variety of animals and plants in the facility’s care.

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