If you are looking for adventure in Palm Springs, you should consider checking out the Coachella Valley Preserve. The Preserve includes 18,000 acres of land within the Indio Hills. From the park, you can enjoy the astounding view of the National Park and the Mountain. Inside the preserve, you can enjoy the smaller Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve as well. Here is some information about the location.
The preserve consists of habitat that is rare. Inside the preserve, tourists and locals can find desert wetland and the palm woodland oasis. The ecosystem found inside is endangered. Water is supplied to the preserve through springs that can be located along the fault line in San Andreas.
Created to protect the endangered fringe-toed lizard that lives within the dunes of the valley, a reserve is indeed a place of amazement and natural beauty. The preserve also protects the canyon located within. Many endangered species can be found inside the sanctuary. Yellow bats, Rosy Boas, pupfish, and Swainson’s hawks are just a few of the many types of species inside the preserve.
The reserve was initially created in the early 1900’s as a camping location. The Wilhelm family bought 80 acres of the site and owned the land for years. It wasn’t until 1945 that Mr. Paul Wilhelm began renting out the cabins and the campsite after his father passed and he inherited the property. A 15,000 nursery was planted over the next few years, reservoirs were added for activities, and dams were installed.
Justin Dart bought an additional 19,000 acres in 1972. Part of this land included the Thousand Palms Oasis. Committees began to work toward having environmental regulations passed to regulate the Preservation by the time 1977 rolled around. In 1978, the US Fish and Wildlife came up with a preserve that included 170 square miles to protect the endangered species that reside inside. The Thousand Palm Oasis was bought by the California Nature Conservancy in 1983. It was quickly followed by donations to be used for the pupfish inside. In 2014 the CNLM acquired the land and are still responsible for maintaining it. The preserve is around 19,000. Inside are the White-water Preserve, the Edom Hill/Willow Hole Preserve, and the Thousand Palms Oasis Preserves. It gives guests plenty to explore and do while taking part in the beauty and history of the land.
If you plan to attend the Preserve, there are a few things that can be helpful for you to know ahead of time. First, the parking lot is locked and maintained by the CNLM. You can find a visitor’s center at this location. It is located at Coachella Valley Preserve’s trailhead. You can come in as early as seven in the morning any time of year. The gates close at five in the evening during the winter but stay open until six during the summer. If you plan on going with others, it is recommended that you travel together since the parking lot is relatively small and the chances of finding a parking place for everyone is slim.
The visitor’s center is part of the experience. The rustic building was built from wood in the 1930’s and resembles a log cabin. Inside, you can enjoy exhibits that go over the history of the Preserve, the environment, and the conservancy. During the summer months, the visitor’s center is typically closed.
Take a Hike
If you are looking for a peaceful place to hike, the Preserve is an excellent choice. There are 28 miles of hiking trails. Each trail is rated based on difficulty. Trails go through different habitats, giving you plenty to look at and see as you walk the paths. You cannot bring pets or bicycles to the location. You can choose to hike alone or take part in a guided hike, where a tour guide will go over what you are seeing. You can also stop at one of the many picnicking locations to rehydrate, rest and eat. The Preserve is, by far, one of Nature’s most beautiful places.
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See directions below:
Coachella Valley Preserve – Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve (This route has restricted usage or private roads.)
29200 Thousand Palms Canyon Rd
Thousand Palms, CA 92276, USA
Take Thousand Palms Canyon Rd, Washington St and Jefferson St to Pebble Beach Dr in Indio
17 min (11.5 mi)
Head southeast on Thousand Palms Canyon Rd toward Ramon Rd
Turn left onto Washington St
Use the left 2 lanes to turn left to merge onto I-10 E
Take exit 139 for Indio Blvd
Turn right onto Jefferson St
Turn right at the 1st cross street to stay on Jefferson St
Continue on Pebble Beach Dr. Drive to Golden Horseshoe Dr
2 min (0.3 mi)
Turn left onto Pebble Beach Dr (Restricted usage road)
Turn right onto Spyglass Hill St (Restricted usage road)
Turn left onto Golden Horseshoe Dr (Restricted usage road)
(Destination will be on the right)
80173 Golden Horseshoe Dr
Indio, CA 92201, USA