From San Francisco to San Jose, California is rich with beautiful cities, but Palm Springs stand as one of the prettiest of all. Located in Riverside County in the southern part of the state, Palm Springs is a highly popular desert resort location that has been hugely popular with stars and A-list celebrities over the years. Covering 94 square miles and home to around 48,000 people, Palm Springs is a popular spot at all times of year. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Palm Springs RV Parks
2.Happy Traveler RV Park
3.Cathedral Palms RV Resort
4.Two Springs RV Resort
3 Best Palm Springs RV Parks & Campgrounds
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More Ideas: Coachella Valley Preserve
Managed by the Center for Natural Lands Management, the Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve is comprised of 880 acres settled into the north side of the Indio Hills with amazing views of Joshua Tree National Park and the Little san Bernardino Mountain. This Preserve is part of the Coachella Valley Preserve that encompasses over 18,000 acres total.
Coachella Valley Preserve System is made up of a rare habitat—palm woodland oasis and desert wetland. This type of ecosystem is endangered with the water supplied by the springs along the San Andreas fault line.
The Coachella Valley Preserve was originally designated to protect the fringe-toed lizard that can be found in the sand dunes of the Coachella Valley. The CNLM also protects the Thousand Palms Canyon that is home to rare and endangered species such as yellow bats and Swainson’s hawks, Rosy Boas and pupfish.
Thousand Palms Oasis Reserve started out as a camping site in the early 1900’s when the Wilhelm family purchased 80 acres of Thousand Palms Oasis and camps in the oasis for several decades. Paul Wilhelm begins renting out camp site and cabins in 1945, after inheriting the land from his father. Over the nect several years, a 15,000-tree palm nursery is planted, dams are installed, and reservoirs are added for water activities and fishing.
In 1972, Justin Dart purchases 19,000 acres of land in the Coachella Valley including, Thousand Palms Oasis and by 1977 committees were at work to incorporate environmental regulations to the Preserve. Biologists and scientist flock to the oasis and in 1978 the US Fish and Wildlife propose a 170-square mile preserve to protect endangered plant and animal species. In 1983, The California Nature Conservancy purchased Thousand Palms Oasis and within a few year donations came in to establish a refugium for pupfish, The Nature Conservancy, and land management. The Thousand Palms Oasis was acquired by CNLM in 2014 and they currently manage and mitigate the land and ecosystems. The Coachella Valley Preserve System is nearly 19,000 acres in entirety with the Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve being 880 acres of that land. The other Preserves are Edom Hill/Willow Hole Preserve and The Whitewater Preserve which are found on the west side of the 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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More Ideas: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is the world’s largest rotating tram car and travels the cliffs of the Chino Canyon and Mount San Jacinto State Park in California for 2.5 miles. Visitors can also take part in many other fun activities such as the observation deck, a natural history museum, and theatre, as well as the many miles of hiking trails.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway began as the dream of a young engineer named Francis Crocker in 1935. Crocker partnered with Earl Coffman, a desert pioneer, to start plans to begin building a tramway through Mount San Jacinto. Legislation and politics blocked several attempts to have their plans realized, but finally in 1945, the governor of California, Earl Warren, signed into law a measure that created the Mt. San Jacinto Winter Park Authority and authorized tramways. Coffman and Crocker were named First Chairman and first Secretary respectively.
Construction was underway for the tramway in 1950 on land donated for the Valley Station and parking lots and funds raised more than $8 million including bonds, to fund the rest. The bonds were paid off in 1996. After delays due to the Korean War, the tramway began construction again in the summer of 1961 and was soon labeled the 8th wonder of the world and is now a historical civil engineering landmark.
The park opened on September 12, 1963 with the first tram ride to politicians and celebrities. The Tramway was modernized in 1998 and by 2000, the Tramway was the site of the largest rotating tramcars in the world. Almost 18 million people have traveled the tram from Valley Station to Mountain Station since opening day.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway takes visitors from the desert floor of California at Mt. San Jacinto State Park to the top of the mountain where there are dining and shopping options, outdoor activities, a museum, theatres, and an observation deck. Weather can be drastically different with a 30-40-degree difference in temperature throughout the 6,000-foot change of elevation. There are trail cameras accessible online and a tram cam with weather information on the website.
Trams- The world largest rotating tram cars are not airconditioned but do have open windows. There are no pets allowed in the state park or tram cars except for service animals. The ride from the Valley Station to The Mountain Station is approximately 10 minutes long with spectacular views of the canyon and mountain range. Trams depart every 30 minutes and ticket purchase is required.
Winter Adventure Center- During the winter months the Winter Adventure Center provides rental equipment for visitors who wish to ski and snowshoe at the park. There are plenty of options for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snow camping, and sledding with the family at the top of the mountain when snow has fallen.
Outdoor Activities- There are more than 54 miles of hiking trails at Mount San Jacinto State Park. Guided nature walks are available at Mountain Station from Memorial Day through Labor Day and are conducted by park volunteers. These are free and generally last around 40 minutes. There is also a self-guided nature walk that is just shy of a mile long that is an easy level. There are six campgrounds within the state park and Wilderness Area and camping is only allowed in designated areas. The campsites are all primitive with no water access and pit toilets. Not all campsites are open due to Mountain Fires. There is a fee for camping permits. Some activities may require wilderness permits. See the website for details.
Gift Shops- There are two gift shops, one at each station. The shops sell a variety of tramway souvenirs and educational items.
Peaks Restaurant- #8 on Architectural Digest’s World’s Best Cliffside Restaurants, the chefs at Peaks locally source their ingredients from the Coachella valley and purchase bread from locally owned bakeries. Reservations are recommended at this high class, full service restaurant.
Pines Café- With lots of options, Pines is a cafeteria style café that is open from lunch through dinner and serves grab and go items as well such as pizza, burgers, sandwiches, and salads.
Lookout Lounge- located on Mountain Station, this classic cocktail lounge offers an extensive menu of alcohol and appetizers with spectacular views of the mountains and valley.
Mt. San Jacinto Natural History Association and the state park have partnered to offer educational summer programming at Palm Springs Tramway Mountain Top Station. Program offerings include wilderness hikes, junior ranger programs and more. Programs are free but do require advanced registration.
The Easter Sunrise Service is also hosted annually by Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Mountain Station and begins at 5:30am on Easter Sunday with tram cars starting at 5am. Breakfast is available following the service for discounted rates.
1 Tram Way Palm Springs, CA 92262, Phone: 888-515-8726
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More Ideas: Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
Agua Caliente Cultural Museum in Palm Springs, California, is a place to explore the rich cultural history of the earliest inhabitants of the Palm Springs region through engaging exhibition, classes, and lectures.
The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum was founded in 1991 as a nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve, protect, and provide access to the history of the indigenous people of the Palm Springs region including the Cahuilla Indians and other native peoples.
The museum is managed by a board of directors and offers community programming that provides a resource for both Native and nonnative people to discover and explore the cultural and historical background of the earliest people of the Palm Springs area. The Museum also features onsite exhibitions, lectures, classes that offer hands on experiences with Native American crafts, festivals and workshops, special events, research and archival opportunities, guided tours, and outreach to the community.
Agua Caliente Cultural Museum was the first museum with a focus on Native American heritage to be inducted into the Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program with brings world renowned exhibitions to the area.
The Collections at the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum are all centered around the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and other Native Americans in the region. There are also artifacts from indigenous people from around the world and these collections are available to researchers and university students by appointment only.
The Basket collection contains over 400 items that were weaved by Cahuilla and neighboring tribes. There are also collections of ceramics and the Tahquitz Canyon Archeological Collection that has amassed more than 50,000 pieces that were excavated from sites in California. The Ruth Dunham Shepard Collection from the Coachella Valley Site is also held at the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum with the accompanying field notes from the excavation.
The Research Library includes a Cahuilla reference section, a newspaper and periodical sections, children’s materials, and a general topics area. The Research Library is available by appointment, but can also be accessed online. There are no genealogical database information available.
Archival Collections is the orginal documentary materials that have been preserved and protected by the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum. These artifacts and documents are deemed to have permanent historical value and reflect evidence of the life and culture of those who created them. The collections include sound and video recordings, physical objects, photographs, manuscripts, and paper documents, and interviews. This collection is only available to researchers and by appointment.
The Exhibitions at the Agua Caliente are engaging and many are interactive and hands on. Each exhibit portrays the history, culture, or life of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and other Native peoples. The exhibits at the museum are a mix of core and temporary. Each fall, the Curatorial department creates a new exhibition that will be featured focusing on a new aspect of the Cahuilla History. The Core Exhibits at the museum educate visitors on tribal practices, economics, beliefs, religion, language, key events in history, and other cultural highlights.
Flora Patencio Collection- This permanent exhibition highlights Flora Patencio, a leader amongst the Agua Caliente people and is a study in basket weaving. The Cahuilla Indians are renowned for their amazing skill in basket making.
Cahuilla Culture & History- The Museum is largely an exhibition of the story of the Cahuilla people and their history told through Photographs, Maps, and text, as well as oral histories and artifacts.
Agua Caliente Cultural Museum as part of the Smithsonian Institute offers an enriching, educational programming department to the Coachella Valley and visitors of the Museum.
Living Traditions- These classes, demonstrations, and outdoor explorations are for the whole family and provide hands on activities that educate participants on Native American skills and craft. Some of the activities that families can participate in are guided, educational, nature hikes, basket weaving classes, plant identification and growing classes, and more.
Voices of Culture- These programs included a variety of lectures, discussion panels and cultural performances that focus on or highlight Native American history or way of life in the Western US. These are all public programming do not require paid admission. Some of these programs include book talks, Bids singers and dancing panels, film screenings, festivals, and storytelling events.
Community Outreach-As part of their educational outreach, Agua Caliente Cultural Museum provides programs for schools and community groups such as field trips and group guided hikes that achieve learning goals. Tours have limited capacities and do require reservations and planning.
219 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California, 92262, Phone: 760-778-1079
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