© Coachella Valley Preserve – Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve
A Visitor’s Center with locked parking lot is maintained by the CNLM and can be found at the trail head hub system of the Coachella Valley Preserve. Gates open at 7am all year round and close at 5pm during winter and 6pm during summer. Carpooling or traveling by group transportation is recommended as the parking lot is small and gets crowded quickly in the summer time.
The Visitor’s Center is rustic, made from wood like a log cabin and was built in the 1930’s. Inside, Visitors will find exhibits highlighting the history of the Coachella Valley and the Preserve, conservancy, and environment. The Visitor Center is not open during the summer.
Hiking- There are 28 miles of pedestrian trails with easy to moderate difficulty ratings, picnicking areas available. Trails wind through diverse habitats including the endangered desert palm oasis. There are no dogs or bikes allowed on hiking trails and maps can be downloaded from the website when the Visitor’s Center is not open. Visitors must stay on marked trails and bring out everything they take in, including trash. There are a few trails that are suitable for horseback riding, however, no horses are allowed in the oases and all equestrian trails are marked.
Guided Hikes- Guided hikes from the Visitor’s Center are available from Oct through March for the Thousand Palms Oasis. There are guided hikes for the Coachella Valley Preserve offered all year around with most hikes starting before 10am. The guided hike schedule is always themed and the schedule can be found on the Coachella Valley Preserve Website. Some hike themes include Indian Palms Plant Hike, Guided Bird Walks, Tour of 2 Oases, Nature Walks, and Explore the Ecology of a fault line. Hikes are close to or just over 2 miles long and have a designated Hike Leader. Reservations are not required and a $5 donation is suggested. Hikers should wear sunscreen, hats, and be well hydrated with water on their person. Close-Toed shoes must also be worn.
Picnicking- Visitors will find picnic shelters and tables at Thousand Palms Oasis, Pushwalla, and McCallum Grove. These sites can be found on the map available online or in the Visitor’s Center. No fires or BBQ’s are allowed at picnic sites due to the endangered and threatened status of much of the flora and fauna that is protected in the Preserve. CNLM asks that all visitors take out everything you take into picnic areas including uneaten food and garbage.
29200 Thousand Palms Canyon Road, Thousand Palms California, 92276, Phone: 760-343-1234
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