Best of the Best: Your Guide to Hiking in Palm Springs, THE WESTCOTT

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January 11, 2016

Best of the Best: Your Guide to Hiking in Palm Springs

Best of the Best: Your Guide to Hiking in Palm Springs, THE WESTCOTT

Palm Springs, California, should be on every avid traveller’s bucket list for many reasons.  This exciting town is home to many attractions and activities, including fascinating museums, festive annual events, and incredible places to eat.  However, one of the finest qualities of this gem out West is its endless opportunities for outdoor recreation.  With wonderful weather year-round, as well as magnificent scenery and world-famous parks, the great outdoors of Palm Springs is unlike any other destination.  Because of this, you don’t want to miss your chance to go hiking next time you’re visiting this area; it will undoubtedly be an experience you will never forget.  Read through our list of our four favorite places to go hiking in Palm Springs, then grab your boots and your camera and start planning your getaway today!

1. Indian Canyons

Brimming with breathtaking beauty, abundant vegetation, and thriving wildlife, the Indian Canyons contain some of the most amazing hiking trails around.  These numerous paths will lead you past streams, waterfalls, and of course, towering palm trees!  Keep your eyes peeled for the many bighorn sheep and mule deer that live here!

2. Mount San Jacinto State Park

The countless granite peaks of the Mount San Jacinto State Park are a must-see national monument.  You are guaranteed to love hiking here within the second-highest mountain range of Southern California due to its gorgeous landscape and plentiful flora and fauna.  One of the most unique parts of visiting this park, however, is how you get there.  The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway takes visitors up to the Mount San Jacinto Wilderness Area while allowing them to admire panoramic views of California along the way.

3. Joshua Tree National Park

One of the most iconic attractions of the Palm Springs area, the Joshua Tree National Park is an unbelievable natural landmark.  Here, you can journey through one of its many picturesque hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulties; these trails, which total to over 35 miles, lead to all kinds of one-of-a-kind destinations, such as a desert oasis and an 1800s gold mine.  You also have the option to explore its numerous archaeological sites, historic structures, and museum filled with beautifully preserved artifacts.  The Joshua Tree National Park also has the best rock climbing in Palm Springs- some argue it’s the best in the entire world!

4. Coachella Valley Preserve

You’ll find a myriad of unbelievable natural phenomena in the Coachella Valley Preserve.  The Thousand Palms Oasis, fed by water from the San Andreas Fault, is a spectacle like no other.  Also, if you look carefully, you might catch a glimpse of the Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard, which is found nowhere else in the entire world.  There are other oases here you can observe, as well as several trails and a visitor center.

Come Stay with Us at POSH Palm Springs Inn!

The only way to make your hiking getaway to Palm Springs complete is to stay in the best lodging!  POSH Palm Springs Inn is a bed and breakfast dedicated to making you as comfortable and relaxed as possible.  Unwind in one of our deluxe suites plus take advantage of our pool and hot tub!  We also provide a happy hour every afternoon as well as a hot, homemade breakfast every morning.  Don’t miss out- check our availability today!

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