Most people think of Palm Springs, California as the playground of the rich and famous. But it’s also home to the most beautiful palm-filled canyons in the world.
Indian Canyons is owned by the Agua Caliente band of the Cahuilla Indians and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The centerpiece is Palm Canyon, featuring the world’s largest oasis of California fan palms-more than 3,000 in all!
The 15-mile-long canyon includes several easy to moderate hiking trails, plus a Trading Post that sells Indian art, artifacts, jewelry and pottery.
Nearby Andreas Canyon is a green paradise that includes 150 different plant species, mostly fan palms, with an easy 1/2-mile trail. Murray Canyon features a longer and more strenuous trail that ends at a waterfall called Seven Sisters.
To reach the canyons, head south from Palm Springs on Palm Canyon Drive to West Ramon Road and follow the signs. For more details, visit Indian Canyons online at www.indian-canyons.com.
Interested in camping nearby? Check out KOA campgrounds in California.