Indian Wells Outdoor Activities

Enjoy Hiking, Nature & Wildlife Tours and Everything Coachella Valley has to Offer

The Living Desert
Located in Indian Wells and Palm Desert, this 1,200-acre preserve offers a one-of-a-kind experience for all ages. The Living Desert is home to more than 450 animals – from giraffes to iguanas – and a diversity of native plant species, several interpretive exhibits, scenic hiking trails, a G-Scale Model Train Display, Tennity Wildlife Hospital & Conservation Center, and so much more.
(760) 346-5694

Coachella Valley Wild Bird Center
(760) 347-2647
45-500 Van Buren Street
Hours: Monday – Sunday 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.
Call for bird watch appointments
The Coachella Valley Wild Bird Center's primary mission is to rehabilitate and release wild birds. The wetlands on the premise provide a natural area where nature can be observed, studied and enjoyed. The public education and recreation opportunities of this facility are enhanced by a partnership with the wetlands and Coachella Valley Wild Bird Center.

Elite Land Tours
(760) 318-1200
555 South Sunrise Way, Ste. 200
Total sensory experience. Explore wilderness areas in the safety and comfort of Hummer H2s. Expert eco-tour guides.

Friends of the Desert
Friends of the Desert
(760) 862-9984
Click here for more details.

A serene pine forest above the hustle and bustle of city life, Idyllwild is one of Southern California's best-kept secrets. Enjoy the fresh air, blue skies, wildlife and nature, nestled in the majestic Santa Rosa/San Jacinto National Monument.

Indian Canyons
Five miles from the center of Palm Springs, the centuries-old beauty of Andreas, Murray and Palm Canyons remains untouched by time. With its abundant palms contrasting with stark rocky gorges and barren desert landscape, the 15-mile-long Palm Canyon is one of the most beautiful spots in western North America. The onsite Trading Post, picnic grounds, hiking and horse trails are open daily. For more information, call (760) 325-3400.

Joshua Tree National Park
Whether you are planning to stay several days or just a few hours, Joshua Tree National Park offers you a unique and wonderful experience with over one million acres of spectacular Mojave and Colorado Desert landscape. You can enjoy hiking and rock climbing, picnicking and camping, photographing, painting, sketching, or simply a pleasant drive while enjoying the dry climate and dramatic views. For more information, call (760) 367-5500.

Joshua Tree Hike & Fitness
(760) 366-7985
Half and full-day custom hikes

Joshua Tree National Park Scenic Tour
(877) 656-2453
Guided tour aboard a luxury limo coach to San Andreas fault and forests of Joshua trees. Sunset/dinner tour includes BBQ chicken.

Lake Cahuilla Recreation Area
(760) 564-4712
58-072 Jefferson Street
Surrounded by the stark beauty of the Santa Rosa Mountains, Lake Cahuilla (pronounced Kah-wee-ah) is a favorite recreation area. The park offers individual and group camping, fishing, picnicking, swimming, special events and equestrian and hiking trails.

Moorten Botanical Garden
(760) 327-6555
1701 South Palm Canyon Drive
Historic showplace with varieties of desert, plants, birds, crystals. Ideal for tours, meetings, wedding, and photos.

Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
(760) 862-9984
51-500 Hwy. 74 (Visitor Center off Hwy 74)
This national monument protects the lofty heights above the Coachella Valley, as well as the precious biological, cultural, and geological treasurers they contain.

Desert Adventures Jeep Eco-Tours
(760) 340-2345 or (888) 440-5337
Whether you’re seeking adventure, Native American history and culture, old mining lore, nature, ethno-botany, geology, or panoramic vistas, Desert Adventures offers a program for you.

Adventure Hummer
(877) 656-2453
Take a tour aboard our open-air H1 Hummers. Pickups offered at all desert hotels. Choose between daily trips on our three-hour San Andreas Fault Adventure.

Big Wheel Tours
Palm Desert
(760) 779-1837
All types of bicycles for rent; road bikes, mountain bikes, and cruiser bikes. Delivery available. Call our Rental Department at 760-802-2236. Explore the real desert by jeep, hike or bike with our expert naturalist guides. Hotel pickup and dropoff available.

Covered Wagon Tours
(800) 367-2161
Hours: based on daily reservations for evening and or dinner

There is no better way to get a close-up look at the Palm Springs area desert than a real Covered Wagon Tour. After the tour enjoy a delicious western barbecue with live entertainment.

Desert Adventures Jeep Eco-Tours
(760) 831-6910
World renowned for our expert naturalist guides and incredible jeep eco-tours, your experience with Desert Adventures is guaranteed to be both educational and FUN!

Hiking Trail in the Coachella Valley

This site gives an overview of the hiking trails in the Coachella Valley

Hiking Trail Sites (dog friendly)
(760) 325-0189
Desert Museum Trail
Short but steep, rocky trail rising behind the Desert Museum in downtown Palm Springs. Length 2 miles 1,000-foot elevation gain.

The Araby Trail
(760) 251-4800
Palm Springs BLM Field Office
This trail runs through a shallow mountain pass - normally arid, lately flanked by lush hillsides - just below the exclusive South Ridge subdivision. Length: 6 miles with 800-foot elevation gain.

The Cactus Spring Trail
(760) 251-4800
Palm Springs
BLM Field Office
This popular trail off Highway 74 in the Santa Rosa boast fine mountain views. You can hike to Horsethief Creek (2.5 miles) and Cactus Springs (4.5 miles).

Desert Museum Trail
(760) 325-0189
Short but steep, rocky trail rising behind the Desert Museum in downtown Palm Springs. Length 2 miles 1,000-foot elevation gain.

Earl Henderson Trail
(760) 251-4800
Palm Springs BLM Field Office
Lush city hike. Snakes along the west side of Smoketree Mountain. Passing through beautiful, bright greenery and fields of flowers. Length: 4 miles, 400-foot elevation gain.