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Tahquitz Canyon and three southern canyons are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Palm and Andreas Canyons have the most and second most California Fan palm trees in the world, with Murray Canyon listed as fourth. The canyons and associated resources are especially sacred to the Indians today and are historically important to scientists and nature lovers. Please enjoy the free gifts of equanimity and serenity that you may take with you. While in Palm Canyon, visit the Trading Post for hiking maps, refreshments, Indian art and artifacts, books, jewelry, pottery, baskets, weavings and conversational cultural lore. Visit us for Palm Springs tours, Indian Reservations in California, Canyon tours in Palm Springs, Road Trip Ideas Palm Springs.
Long before European colonists arrived, the Ancestors of the Agua Calienta Cahuill (pronounced kaw-we-ah) Indians settled the Palm Springs area. Thanks to an ample supply of water, the Cahuilla Indians thrived. They grew melons, beans, squash, and corn. They also gathered other plants and seeds to for food, medicine, and basketweaving.
Cahuilla society remains can still be found in the canyons, and consist of housepits, foundations, rock art, irrigation ditches, dams, and reservoirs. Trails used by the Cahuilla Indians can still be recognized today.
Independence, integrity, and peace were all hallmarks of the Agua Caliente Indians, who were an industrious and creative populous. Though they thought this beautiful land would always be theirs, in 1876 the U.S. Government deeded the Agua Caliente people only 32,000 acres for their homeland. Meanwhile, they granted the So. California Railroad ten miles of land so they would build a railroad. About 20% of the land given to the Agua Caliente Indians is within the Palm Springs City limits. The rest of the land is spread out diagonally across the desert and mountains.
By the 1890’s the Palm Springs area was known as a recreational oasis. Four canyons, including the Tahquitz Canyon, are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Palm Canyon is the world’s largest California Fan Palm haven.
Fifteen miles long, Palm Canyon is one of the areas of great beauty in Western North America. Its indigenous flora and fauna, which the Cahuilla people so expertly used and its abundant Washingtonia filifera (California Fan Palm) are breathtaking contrasts to the stark rocky gorges and barren desert lands beyond. A moderately graded, paved foot path winds down into the canyon for picnicking near the stream, meditating, exploring, hiking or horseback riding. While in Palm Canyon visit the Trading Post for hiking maps, refreshments, Indian art and artifacts, books, jewelry, pottery, baskets, weaving, and conversational cultural lore.
The contrasting greens of the magnificent fan palms and more than 150 species of plants within a half-mile radius beckon the desert-weary traveler to this lush oasis. A scenic foot trail leads through the canyon passing groves of stately skirted palms, unusual rock formations and the perennial Andreas Creek. One can still see bedrock mortars and metates used centuries ago for preparing food. This tranquil setting is excellent for photography, bird-watching, or a picnic at one of the tables along
Murray Canyon is an easy hike south from Andreas Canyon. Foot and equestrian trails lead to beautiful recreational areas among the many palm trees. Lucky visitors may catch a glimpse of the Peninsula Big Horn Sheep (an endangered species), mule deer or other wild animals still roaming the high ground above the canyon. Less visited, Murray Canyon has its own secluded beauty. The endangered Least Bells Vireo bird is known to nest here.
Seniors (62+): $7
Children (6-12): $5
Students & Military: $7
Tours are approximately 1.5 hours and are 1 mile in length.
Register at Palm Canyon Trading Post
Children (6-12): $2
Call for hike schedules.
For Information or Reservations Call: (760) 323-6018
Open Daily October-June 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Open Weekends Only (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) July-September 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Indian Canyons Regulations:
• No fires of any kind.
• No smoking.
• No pets.
• No alcoholic beverages.
• No bicycles or any motorized vehicles on trails.
• Obey posted speed limits.
• Commercial photography allowed by permit only.
• No roadside parking (park in desginated areas only).
• Hike on designated trails only.
• No rock climbing.
• No firearms, explosives and fireworks.
• Do not disturb, mutilate, deface or remove any plants, natural or cultural objects.
• No loud music or noise.
Tips for Hiking in the Desert:
1. Hike with a friend. Tell a friend where you will be hiking and when you expect to return.
2. Know your limitations. Stay within your capabilities.
3. Know your trail. Use a map and compass when hiking in the back country.
4. Hydrate your body the night before. Drink water until your urine is clear. No alcohol; alcohol speeds up dehydration.
5. Carry as much water as you can. Rule of thumb, you will need at least one quart of water per hour of hiking. Drink constantly, do not ration water. Drinking when you are thirsty is too late. Freeze your water the night before three quarters full and top off before leaving.
6. When half of your water is gone, turn around and head back.
7. Protect yourself from the sun. Dress in layers. Wear loose clothing; long sleeve shirt, long pants, wide brim hat, sunglasses, bandanna, sturdy shoes. Use sunblock and chapstick.
8. Pace yourself.
9. Keep children near you and stay on trail.
10. Know the symptoms and treatment for heat related illnesses, for example, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
11. Beware of rattlesnakes, They do not always rattle. Assume all snakes are dangerous. Pay attention to where you step and where you place your hands. Let the snake go its way. Do not harm or handle snakes.
12. When hiking in the back country you need to be prepared for emergencies. Below is a list of items that may come in handy:
• First aid kit (Basic items should include antiseptic, bandaids, bandages, tweezers, safety pin, moleskin.)
• Signal Mirror
• Pocket knife
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- 38520 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264, USA
- (760) 323-6018
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