Birding Walk-About, Desert Willow December 1, 2021. Grab your binoculars and join Friends volunteer docent birding expert, Frank, to look for our feathered desert residents. You will find approximately 25-30 different species on your 2-mile walk-about. This walk is wheelchair user friendly.
THINGS YOU CAN DO YEAR ROUND:
- The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: The world’s largest rotating tram car—travels over two-and-one-half miles along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon, transporting riders to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park. During your approximately ten-minute journey, tram cars rotate slowly, offering picturesque and spectacular vistas of the valley floor below. Once you reach the Mountain Station—elevation 8,516 feet—enjoy two restaurants, observation decks, natural history museum, two documentary theaters, gift shop and over 50 miles of hiking trails.
- Villagefest: Villagefest is a community event that takes place in the downtown area of Palm Springs on Thursday nights on Palm Canyon Drive. The road is closed to traffic during the event, transforming from a busy street of cars to a festive street fair filled with pedestrians. Vendors set up their booths on both sides of around three blocks of the town. The Villagefest of Palm Springs features a wide variety of items for sale, an array of food, and entertainment. Several stores also remain open late on Thursdays during the event, offering even more shopping opportunities for festival goers.
- Agua Caliente Cultural Museum: Celebrate the history, culture and modern times of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Inspiration for the museum’s design includes Agua Caliente traditions such as basket weaving and pottery (ollas) and elements found among the natural desert landscape.
- Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert: The Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert is a special place where children and families can experience the joy of learning about themselves and the world around them. The Museum inspires personal growth through exhibits and programs that that inspire the curiosity and creativity of visitors through hands-on exploration.
- Cabot's Pueblo Museum: A large, Hopi-style pueblo, built in the Pueblo Revival Style, it contains artworks, artifacts of American Indian and Alaska Native cultures, and memorabilia of early desert homesteader life. Cabot’s Pueblo is a wonder of design and engineering.
- Living Desert Zoo and Gardens: A unique zoo and botanical garden that specializes in the deserts of the world with a mission of desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation. Mountain lion, leopard, warthogs, bighorn sheep and Peninsular pronghorn are just a few of the more than 450 incredible animals found in their natural setting that take you from Africa to North America. Feed a giraffe, watch the cheetahs run, admire the zebras, mimic a meerkat, interact with goats, explore nature and so much more. The immersive botanical gardens include geographic replicas of areas as diverse as Baja California’s Viscaino Desert and the exotic deserts of Madagascar. Stop by the interactive Discovery Center, visit one of the largest G-scale model train displays, enjoy a Wildlife Wonders animal presentation, hike our nature trails, and have lunch in one of our cafes.
- Joshua Tree National Park: Two distinctly different desert ecosystems meet in the Joshua Tree National Park, the Colorado and the Mojave. The park protects almost 800,000 acres of the southern region of California. Visitors can explore an amazing variety of plants and landforms due to the park grounds spanning across two different desert environments. There are four visitors centers throughout the park where visitors can get information, talk to a ranger, view interpretive exhibits, and more. There are many sites to see in the Joshua Tree National Park, including Black Rock Canyon, Cottonwood Spring, Covington Flats, Skull Rock, Keys View, and Indian Cove.y.
- Desert Adventures Red Jeep Tours & Events: Most in-depth tours - experience a particular location in an up-close-and-personal way and to engage as many of your senses as possible to create an experiential adventure for you. Explore some of the most interesting and scenic locations in the Coachella Valley and surrounding areas. Really experience the amazing scenic environments and learn about the fascinating plants, animals, geology, history, and culture of our area.
- Indian Canyons: Made up of three different canyons: Each one has its own unique features that make them worth a visit for outdoor enthusiasts. (1) Palm Canyon - fifteen miles in length and boasts a great deal of natural beauty. Visitors can stop by the Trading Post for refreshments, map, Indian artifacts, and more. (2) Andreas Canyon - more of a lush oasis that is home to over 150 plant species. And, (3) Murray Canyon - offers a chance to see Peninsular Big Horn Sheep and other endangered species.
- Balloon Above The Desert: Balloon Above The Desert provides visitors and locals alike in the Coachella Valley with memorable hot air balloon experiences. Balloons Above takes guests to new heights in the desert, giving visitors and locals alike a chance to see the valley’s expansive desert from a different point of view. Guests can choose to take in the sunrise or sunset from the beautiful desert skies for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, as well as breathtaking vistas of the picturesque landscape, including exotic orchards and world famous golf courses. The direction the hot air balloon trip takes is decided by the breeze.
- Mount San Jacinto State Park: The Mount San Jacinto summit stands at a height of 10,834 feet is Southern California’s second tallest mountain range. The park offers a chance to enjoy and explore a high-country, scenic wilderness area with its granite peaks, fern-bordered meadows, and subalpine forests. Two campgrounds are situated near Idyllwild, while the majority of the state park is designed to be a wilderness area for backpackers and hikers. The park includes the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and the Pacific Crest Trail.
- Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve: A delightful oasis in the desert of the Coachella Valley. There are no fees to explore the preserve, however, donations are appreciated. The preserve can be found in the northern area of the valley, situated in within the Indio Hills. It is a real oasis located in the shadows of the country’s Old West. The preserve is just minutes away from Palm Springs, Indio, Indian Wells, and other cities in the desert. Visitors can walk along a trail network that encompases thiry miles, view wildlife, have a picnic, or spend some time in the rustic visitor center.
- Palm Springs Air Museum: The Palm Springs Air Museum is a living history museum dedicated to educating the public about the role Air Power played in preserving American liberties and way of life. The Museum preserves, exhibits, and flies aircraft from World War Two, Korea, and the Vietnam Wars. Features over fifty static and flyable planes on display within four hangars and the tarmac. Each hangar has a theme and includes related exhibits along the walls.
- Desert Distilling: Desert Distilling is the only distillery located within the Coachella Valley and specializes in hand-crafted small batches of spirits. The distillery offers tours and tastings to visitors over twenty-one years of age.
- Palm Springs Scavenger Hunt: Twenty plus challenges. Two hours. One epic adventure. Your team will solve puzzles, complete challenges, and explore historic landmarks. The scavenger hunt through the town pays tribute some of the most famous faces of America while also exploring modern art along the streets.
- Pioneertown: Old West constructed to be used as a movie set in the 1940’s. The set was established in 1946 by a handful of Hollywood investors, which included actors Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. The group dreamed of making an Old West movie set that was in fact a town in itself worth visiting, complete with false-front, 1880’s-style facades with interiors that offered things to do and see for visitors. From the outside, buildings in Pioneertown looked like jails, saloons, and frontier stables, however, they actually housed motels, bowling alley, ice cream parlors on the inside.