Murray Canyon lies south of Andreas Canyon, and the hike is considered to be an easy to moderate four-mile loop, with both foot trails and equestrian trails. This canyon is known for its abundance of California fan palm trees, which you can follow along the Murray Canyon Creek. The trail crosses over the creek in a few spots, but the crossings are easy to navigate because they're created by natural large rocks in the creek.
There's plenty of native plant life to see in Murray Canyon, something not found on all canyon trails. A variety of ferns, different types of cacti, desert dandelion, desert lavender, willows and so much more can be seen, depending on the time of year you're there.
Because Murray Canyon is more secluded and less hiked than other Indian Canyons, many different types of native wildlife from mule deer to lizards live and roam here. You may even spot some endangered species that call Murray Canyon home, including Peninsula Big Horn Sheep and the Least Bell's Vireo bird, which nests in the canyon's dense shrubs.
There is no potable (drinking) water in Murray Canyon, so be sure to bring water with you. Sunscreen, sturdy footwear, a trail map and layered clothing are also advisable, but most of all, bring your camera because you'll want to capture all the magnificence of this Palm Springs experience.
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