If you love plant life, Moorten Botanical Gardens is the place to go. Called a "hidden treasure" of Palm Springs, you'll discover over 3,000 varieties of plants native to the desert worlds of regions like the Mojave, Colorado, Texas, California, South Africa, Arizona, South America and more. Grouped geographically, the outdoor collection ranges from agave and aloe plants to candelabra Euphorbia and a two-story Pachypodium. Then enjoy a variety of cacti and succulents in the indoor Cactarium greenhouse.
For the hiker in you, there are plenty of options, including the Mecca Hills Ladder Canyon/Painted Canyon Trail. Here you'll follow trails through unusual slot canyons and narrow passageways created by the shifting of the San Andreas Fault. The unusual rock formations are unique to the area; even more thrilling is the fact that there are ladders allowing you to climb some of these formations. The scenic views and photo opps are unlimited!
An unforgettable experience that's almost like going back in time awaits you at the Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve. In this 880-acre preserve (just one portion of the 18,000-acre Coachella Valley Preserve System), you'll find the desert world in its undisturbed, completely natural state, including rare sights like desert wetlands, glittering dunes and two oases. You may even catch a glimpse of endangered and protected wildlife including yellow bats, Swainson's hawks and desert pupfish. Majestic California fan palms provide shade and landings for migrating birds. The incredible abundance of flora and fauna in this preserve along with views of the San Bernardino Mountains and Joshua Tree National Park make it a destination unlike any other.
Pack your sunscreen, put on your most comfortable shoes, grab your camera and get ready to enjoy the many wonderful outdoor experiences of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.
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