Palm Springs has been a tourist destination since the 19th century, but centuries before that, the area was populated by Indians. Most of the complex and sophisticated Cahuilla communities settled in the Murray, Palm, Andreas, Chino, and Tahquitz Canyons.
They grew melons, beans, squash, and corn and gathered seeds and plants for medicines, food, and basket weaving. Today, visitors can see the remnants of their way of life, including house pits, rock art, foundations, ditches, irrigation, dams, reservoirs, and waking trails. Visit nearby Tahquitz Canyon and three other canyons to the South, all of which are part of the National Register of Historic Places.
Palm Canyon is also famous for being the largest California Fan Palm Oasis in the world. The canyons are fantastic for exploring on foot or on a horseback, for picnicking by the stream, or even for meditating. Visit the Trading Post in Palm Canyon for maps, food, drinks, and Indian arts and crafts and to hear about some fascinating cultural lore.
38520 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, California, Phone: 760-323-6018
Photo: Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism
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