Come to Palm Desert to get away from your hectic life. Drive a jeep across a lunar-like landscape, visit unusual animals in the zoo or relax indulgently at the spa.
Spend days in the glorious sunshine enjoying one of the many outdoor activities. Bring the whole family along for a day at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The unusual collection of animals includes hedgehogs, leopards and coyotes. Feed a giraffe, visit the butterfly house or take an exciting night safari around the park.
Hike up the Bump and Grind Trail to get a view over the city or take panoramic photos on a hot air balloon at dawn. Ride a horse into the sunset on a tour along the Hopalong Cassidy Trail or play a round at Desert Willow Golf Resort.
Soar like a bird on a biplane flight taking you over the spectacular Santa Rosa Mountains and San Jacinto Mountain range.
Take a four-wheel drive tour to the legendary San Andreas Fault. Twisting rock formations make up this unique geological landmark. Greenery surrounds a desert spring. Learn about the history of the Native American Cahuilla tribe, who once lived off the plants and animals of this dry region.
Back in town enjoy shopping at the El Paseo Shopping District and head to the markets at the outdoor College of the Desert Street Fair. The Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert features exciting collections and an interesting sculpture garden. In Civic Center Park, find the Desert Holocaust Memorial. Bring your children to this moving site but be sure to explain that this is not an area for play.
If your kids need to burn some energy then spend a day at the Palm Desert Aquatic Center. This fun water park has slides, a swimming pool and a splash park for young children. The kids will also enjoy a visit to the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert, which has fun interactive displays. Watch them find their way out of a rope maze, learn how to tie a sailing knot and get involved with the nuts and bolts of building.
Palm Desert is a lush green city in a striking desert location.
Golf, Relaxing and Dancing
Glide over cliffs, wildlife and several vegetation zones as this glass-enclosed ride carries you up dramatic mountainsides.
Between meeting animals from across the world and exploring nature trails through the Sonoran Desert, expect an exotic experience in southern California.
Imagine taking to the skies at one of the largest collections of World War II aircraft in the world.
Learn how one family’s love of desert plants became a Palm Springs horticultural institution.
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.
The story of the West and famous faces from the past all come alive at this Palm Springs institution.
Explore the San Andreas Fault and the world's third-largest oasis on a back-road adventure into Joshua Tree National Park. View the unique vegetation and animals in the area where the Sonoran and Mojave deserts meet on this morning adventure.
Find the ultimate geological adventure in the rugged desert areas around Palm Springs. Take to your bike and conquer the trail that descends through the heart of the San Andreas Fault zone all the way to the lush wine country near Mecca.
Explore the unique ecology, geology, and geography of Joshua Tree National Park in style with a ride in a luxury jeep. See the majestic rock formations, native wildlife, and stunning scenery of back-country California on this thrilling sightseeing tour.
Get ready for an exhilarating tour that takes you through the deserts and diverse landscapes around the greater Palm Springs area. Admire spectacular views as you drive along the colorful San Andreas Fault, where you can find fascinating geology as well as an abundance of native flora and fauna.
Stroll past intriguing rock formations and boulder-strewn valleys, get up-close looks at the habitats of fascinating animals, and hear how this spectacular park is about more than just a tree. Spend a day uncovering the ecology and history of Joshua Tree National Park on this fun-filled adventure.
Visit: The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-6156 The Living Desert is a zoo and botanical conservation park. We have over 450 different animals with boasting over 2,000 unique flora and fauna species within our botanical gardens.