Indian Canyon

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Hike in the footsteps of the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians on ancient walking trails through cool, palm-dotted canyons and timeless rock formations.

First settled by Native Americans centuries ago, Indian Canyons was transformed into a natural recreation park in the late 19th century. Its beauty and historic sites have been lovingly preserved and it’s now a popular hiking network.

Indian Canyons consists of three separate canyons: Palm Canyon, Andreas Canyon and Murray Canyon. You won’t be able to do all three in one day, so choose either Palm on its own, or a combination of Andreas and Murray. All canyons offer trails to suit your mood and hiking ability these are marked as easy, moderate or strenuous.

Stop by the Trading Post where you’ll find maps, snacks and supplies. Look out for the delightful hummingbirds drinking from the feeder out front. At 15 miles (24 kilometers) long, Palm Canyon is the largest of the three canyons. Follow the trail past clear streams and plummeting waterfalls, and through the biggest Californian palm oasis in the world.

If your time is limited, head to popular Andreas Canyon, a leisurely one-mile (1.6-kilometer) loop that passes by towering rock formations, a traditional Cahuilla Native American dwelling, as well as bedrock mortars and metates once used to grind beans and corn.The views of the San Jacinto Mountains and the desert valley below are spectacular.

Hit the trail to Murray Canyon. Watch for endangered Peninsular bighorn sheep, mule deer and mountain lions. Birdwatchers should keep an eye out for the rare least bells vireo. Make sure you pack plenty of water for the trails and remember the golden rule of hiking: “turn back once half your water is gone.” And, watch out for rattlesnakes!

For those who would prefer to ride on horseback, head to Smoke Tree Stables, which offers guided trail rides. Golf enthusiasts should book a round at the Indian Canyons Golf Resort. Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope once frequented these immaculate, wind-free, palm-studded greens. The resort was so popular with U.S. presidents that the club featured a “red phone,” a direct emergency line to the White House.

Indian Canyons is located just a few minutes by car from downtown Palm Springs. The canyons are open daily from October through to June, and from July through September on weekends only. There are designated areas for parking, no roadside parking is allowed.

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Palm Canyon Resort by Diamond Resorts
Palm Canyon Resort by Diamond Resorts
2.5 out of 5
2800 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 92264
The price is $109 per night from Jun 30 to Jul 1
Stay at this golf hotel in Palm Springs. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in our reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (979 reviews)
"My family and I recently stayed here. The room was clean and big. (Does need some updating). Pool area is clean, and definitely why we chose to stay here. We made the right choice. Would definitely return."

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2022

Palm Canyon Resort by Diamond Resorts
Pond Estate
Pond Estate
3.5 out of 5
64725 Acanto Dr, Palm Springs, CA, 92264
Stay at this 3.5-star vacation home in Palm Springs. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Popular attractions Indian Canyon and Palm Canyon are ...
Pond Estate
The Saguaro Palm Springs
The Saguaro Palm Springs
4 out of 5
1800 E Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 92264
The price is $109 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
Stay at this 4-star spa resort in Palm Springs. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 spa tubs. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in our reviews. ...
3.6/5 Good! (967 reviews)
"Office staff was inattentive and it I couldn’t get ahold of them by phon. The room was clean, but the bathroom looked like it needed repairs."

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

The Saguaro Palm Springs
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Travelodge by Wyndham Palm Springs
Travelodge by Wyndham Palm Springs
3 out of 5
1269 E Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 92264
The price is $59 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
Travelodge by Wyndham Palm Springs
Palm Canyon Resort by Diamond Resorts
Palm Canyon Resort by Diamond Resorts
2.5 out of 5
2800 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 92264
The price is $109 per night from Jun 30 to Jul 1
Palm Canyon Resort by Diamond Resorts
Pond Estate
Pond Estate
3.5 out of 5
64725 Acanto Dr, Palm Springs, CA, 92264
Pond Estate
The Saguaro Palm Springs
The Saguaro Palm Springs
4 out of 5
1800 E Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 92264
The price is $109 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
The Saguaro Palm Springs
Sonder V Palm Springs
Sonder V Palm Springs
4 out of 5
333 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA, 92264
The price is $98 per night from Jul 20 to Jul 21
Sonder V Palm Springs
Ace Hotel and Swim Club
Ace Hotel and Swim Club
4 out of 5
701 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA, 92264
The price is $167 per night from Jun 30 to Jul 1
Ace Hotel and Swim Club
Motel 6 Palm Springs, CA - East - Palm Canyon
Motel 6 Palm Springs, CA - East - Palm Canyon
2 out of 5
595 East Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA, 92264
The price is $60 per night from Jun 30 to Jul 1
Motel 6 Palm Springs, CA - East - Palm Canyon
Vagabond Motor Hotel
Vagabond Motor Hotel
2 out of 5
1699 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA, 92264
The price is $81 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 12
Vagabond Motor Hotel
Villa Carmelita - The Sonny & Cher House
Villa Carmelita - The Sonny & Cher House
3.5 out of 5
210 W Camino Carmelita, Palm Springs, CA, 92264
Villa Carmelita - The Sonny & Cher House
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