Local & Desert Activities
DESERT ADVENTURES, GUIDES & TOURS
Jurassic Expeditions 760-862-5540
The San Andreas Fault Tour 760 322-6029
Jeep Eco-Tour 888-440-5337 or 760-324-JEEP
Mohave Guides 760-820-2806
Trails, Hiking, Team Building, San Andreas Fault… Many people do not understand what an earthquake is, how it happens, what the effects are, or even exactly what the fault, which runs through the Coachella Valley, looks like. Scientists think the action of the fault is what formed the valley, and you can find out all about it on one of three tours now being offered.
Joshua Tree Rock Climbing Toll Free Reservations & Information: 1-800-890-4745
Experience the wonderful sport of rock climbing in one of our nation’s most popular and spectacular climbing areas – Joshua Tree National Park! Celebrating their 12th year in business, the Joshua Tree Rock Climbing School offers exciting 1- 4 day courses featuring all levels of instruction from beginners to advanced (ages 6 years and up). AMGA Certified Guides on staff. Individual, group and family outings offered. All climbing equipment included.
CANYON JEEP TOURS
Toll Free Reservations: 1-800-854-1279
Join us for a climb high above the Coachella Valley in rugged back country with our Palms to Pines Tour. Venture into the treasure of Indian Canyons: lush oasis, palm groves, desert lavender, ancient trails, streams and waterfalls. And for a view of the valley clear to the Salton Sea, come with us on our Wind Turbine/Joshua Tree Monument Ride. Canyon Jeep Tours provides an adventure you’ll soon not forget. Our Jeeps are large nine passenger, canopy covered, open air, four wheel drive vehicles. Jeeps are completely rebuilt for your comfort and safety. Each Jeep is painted with a different jungle animal pattern!
HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES
760-776-5785 / 800-342-8506
Southern California Balloon Charters
Grand Adventure Hot Air Balloon
Fantasy Balloon Flights
Indian Canyon – Cahuilla Indians
Provides an opportunity to learn more about our unique desert environments with an informed and enthusiastic guide. All nature hikes meet at the Museum’s north parking lot each Wednesday and Saturday at 9 a.m.
Desert Museum Naturalist
Friday and Saturday (October thru April)
Desert Safari Guides and Outfitters
760-776-6087 or (888)TO SAFARI (toll free)
Provides professionally guided Tours and Expeditions into the Indian Canyons and desert including Tours and Expeditions lasting from one to six hours. A Full moon Moonlight Expedition is also offered monthly. Loaner hiking packs provided.
The Sierra Club
Saturday and Sunday in season.
Coachella Valley Hiking Club
Weekends year-round, plus some week days (Nov.-May), 760-345-6234.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway – 54 miles of trails in Mt. San Jacinto Wilderness. Day permits at Ranger Station in Long Valley. 760-327-0222.
Trail Discovery Hiking Guide Service.
Professionally guided hikes, foothills, canyons, Joshua Tree National Park. Runners welcome.
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains
National Monument Visitor Center
51-500 Highway 74
Open 7 days a week
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Oct – May
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Jun – Sep
HORSE SHOWS & HORSEBACK RIDING
Horse shows: The Indio Desert Circuit Horse Show Held January 27 thru March 14th, the Desert Circuit is largest hunter/jumper event West of the Mississippi.
Horseback Riding: “Hi Ho Silver!” The Coachella Valley is a horse rider’s paradise. Bond with your personal version of Mr. Ed at:
Indian Canyon – Cahuilla Indians 760-345-5673
Ivey Ranch Equestrian Center, Trail rides, hay rides, overnight rides, cookouts, arenas, team penning, gymkhanas. 73-605 30th Ave., Thousand Palms, 760-343-4251.
Los Compadres Stable, Guided trail rides and elite personalized tours, 1849 S. El Cielo Road, Palm Springs. 760-327-5411.
Coyote Ridge Stables Guided trail rides through the cool foothills of Morongo Valley. Specializing in private rides for small groups. 50639 Panorama Dr. Morongo Valley, CA 92256 760-363-3380 By Reservation Only
Smoke Tree Stables, Riding in the Desert, Mountains and Indian Reservation Canyons. Hay wagon rides, Western cookouts and horseback luncheon rides. 2500 Toledo Ave., Palm Springs, 760 327-1372
OFF ROAD RENTALS
Off Road Rentals
If you’re looking for an outfitter that rents ATV, quads, motorcycles, enduros, dirt bikes, etc. Look no further…this is the place.
Enjoy spectacular views of the Ponds, Windmills, Sand Dunes, the Whitewater River and the wind carved Badlands of the Northern Coachella Valley! Open 10 am until Sunset Everyday!
PALM SPRINGS AERIALTRAM
1 Tramway Rd. Palm Springs, CA 92262
Website: Palm Springs Aerial Tram
When it snows, the world famous Aerial Tram practically doubles in popularity as a ski-lift. Compared to the desert climate of Palm Springs, it’s a whole other world up there and when it snows (which is often) …there are plenty of snow activities to enjoy.
Stupendous Wind Turbine blades are turning 200 feet overhead, with a rotor sweep half the length of a football field, in the wind as it rushes through the fabled San Gorgonio Pass. This 1-1/2 educational tour will carry you along the floor of the Colorado Desert, part of the Sonoran Desert. Spectacular Mountain and Moonscape vistas are also part of this brilliantly narrated tour.
Toll Free – (877)449-WIND
THE LIVING DESERT ZOO AND GARDENS
47-900 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert. 760-346-5694
Website: The Living Desert
This 1,200 acre park, one of our desert’s must-see attractions, is a living museum of desert plants and rare or endangered species of animals from around the world. Camels, Meerkats, cheetahs, Warthhogs, zebras, mountain lions, and the Santa Rosa Mountain bighorn sheep are just some of the wildlife on display. Explore on your own or take the guided tour by electric train. There is a gift shop, cafe, picnic areas, and hiking trails. If you’re lucky enough to be here for the holiday season, come in and experience “Wildlights”, an evening light show that is one of the reserve’s most popular attractions, especially for children.
Palm Springs Art Museum
101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs
Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert
71701 Gerald Ford Drive, Rancho Mirage
Website: Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert
Palm Springs Air Museum
745 North Gene Autry Trail Palm Springs
Website: Palm Springs Air Museum
Coachella Valley History Museum
82616 Miles Ave, Indio
*Note: These are just a few...check online for a wide variety of selections, hours and availability for each individual or group.