When you're in Palm Springs, staying in one of Mod Mansions Palm Springs vacation rental homes, and surrounded by southern California's beautiful desert, consider spending some time in nature. One of the best nearby places to explore is Joshua Tree National Park. Named for the spiky yucca plant, Joshua Tree is less than an hour's drive from Palm Springs. This rugged park is popular with campers, climbers, and hikers, and it's also good for spotting birds, bighorn sheep, and other desert wildlife. There are trails that range from easy and short to long and challenging -- so choose one or two of these hikes for a desert adventure.
Offering a wide variety of hiking trails, the Palm Springs area has something to offer every brand of nature lover and while most trails are best traversed during the winter months, the higher elevations offer both challenge and summer time fun.
Being surrounded by natural beauty is one of the greatest joys of visiting Palm Springs. Exploring the Desert and learning more about conservation issues can deepen your appreciation, and one nonprofit is happy to help. Find out more about Friends of the Desert Mountains and their fun and enriching activities like festivals, parties, hikes, and more.
Regardless of which of ModMansions' Palm Springs vacation rentals you may be staying in, you will certainly be seeing the incredible Mount San Jacinto every time you step outside. Most visitors will take the Aerial Tram, a roughly ten-minute ride that climbs nearly 10,000' in elevation. That, however, seems a bit too easy.
Explore the desert and its cultural history by hiking the Indian and Tahquitz Canyons. The Indian Canyons, composed of Palm, Andreas, and Murray Canyons, offer more than sixty miles of hiking trails, from the easy Andreas Trail (1.2 miles) to the strenuous Hahn Buena Vista (12.3 miles). The Tahquitz Canyon trail makes a strenuous climb up to the Tahquitz Falls and back. Find a trail that is right for you while staying in one of our Palm Springs vacation rentals and see the beauties of the desert.
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As many know Palm Springs is known for its fabulous shopping and dining destinations, but there's another side to this beautiful area - its natural treasures. These are just a few of the many areas of natural beauty you can visit in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.
Staying in one of our Palm Springs vacation rentals and want to find the best hiking in the valley?
Palm Springs offers a huge variety of fun and adventurous hikes, one of the most popular and enjoyable lies in the Andreas Canyon. This canyon is a member the legendary Indian Canyons, the traditional home of the Agua Caliente Cahuilla Indians. Today, hints of their past still fill the canyon in the form of ancient rock art, trails, and stone tools. Andreas Canyon is also filled with a wide variety of beautiful plant and animal life. No trip to Palm Springs would be complete without visiting the unusual rock formations and cultural history filling this canyon.
No visit to Palm Springs is complete without stopping to explore and enjoy the beauty of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains. These picturesque desert mountains are home to a unique assortment of plant and animal life--some species found nowhere else. The Peninsular bighorn sheep are among the most iconic species to call these mountains home. These sheep are a vital part of the desert ecology; their sparse numbers make a sighting a rare and amazing privilege.
Staying in one of our Palm Springs vacation rentals and want to find the best hiking in the valley? Hiking is a wonderful and healthy activity for everyone - singles, couples, groups and families; it's a world of discovery that reveals the wonders of nature. But hiking the Tahquitz Canyon and Falls is even more meaningful because you'll be walking in the footsteps of early local history.
The Tahquitz Canyon is one of three canyons in the Palm Springs area where the Agua Caliente Cahuilla Indians settled centuries ago. The canyon was perfect for a settlement, with plenty of water and animals as well as fertile soil for growing crops like corn, squash, beans and melons. In the late 19th century, the US government used ten miles of this land for the Southern California Railroad, and today the canyon is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Located at the southern end of Palm Canyon Drive, the Moorten Botanical Gardens and Cactarium is a favorite Palm Springs attraction.The Moorten Botanical Gardens now boasts 3,000 examples of desert cacti and other desert plants grouped by geographic regions