Natural beauty abounds in the desert. And visitors can see it all by foot! From Joshua Tree National Park, one of the most intriguing places on earth, to the 17,000-acre Coachella Valley Preserve (also called the Thousand Palms Oasis) located just minutes from Desert Hot Springs. Big Morongo Canyon offers short, easy trails with lots of shade.
In addition, you can walk in the footsteps of the ancestors of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians at the Indian Canyons in nearby Palm Springs. Palm Canyon, Andreas Canyon, Murray Canyon and Tahquitz Canyon each offer hikers scenic trails through indigenous flora. And if you prefer a local favorite, try the Bump n’Grind in Palm Desert.
Desert Hot Springs: Swiss Canyon Trail
This flat out-and-back trail begins on the northeast edge of town and meanders through a quiet canyon studded with boulders and cacti. A country club development is slated to be built near the trailhead, but fences clearly delineate areas of construction. Bring a companion and plenty of water. While a coat and hat might be necessary in winter, be mindful that Desert Hot Springs hits the triple digits in summer and early fall. Avoid hiking during these months, or go very early in the morning to avoid the crushing heat. Outstanding Features: views of Palm Springs and surrounding mountains; desert vegetation; rock formations, solitude.
Nature walks within the property are also available by booking The Desert Experience through Elite Land Tours. (Tuesday through Thursday only)