There’s no limit of fun ways to explore and play in the Palm Springs area!
Waterfall Hike: Head out on a self-guided or ranger-led hike of Tahquitz Canyon, one of the most beautiful and culturally rich areas of Agua Caliente Band of the Cahuilla Indians Reservation that culminates in a spectacular 60-foot waterfall!
Horseback Rides: Explore the desert on horseback with Smoke Tree Stables. With 150 miles of riding trails that wind through the historic Agua Caliente Indian Canyons, experience breathtaking beauty as you ride through streams and palm oases.
Bike Tour: Pedal through the Palm Springs city streets while taking in the surrounding mountains and glamorous midcentury homes the good old-fashioned way: on a bike! Download free maps of city-sponsored bike routes and movie star homes.
Outdoor Scavenger Hunt: Embark on a fun, app-led outdoor scavenger hunt! Walk to various landmarks where you must work together with your team to solve riddles, answer questions, and complete photo challenges. Can you beat the Palm Springs high score?
Star Gazing: Nowhere does nighttime better than the desert. Look up and marvel at the cosmos on a star gazing tour where guides will lead you on a journey of stargazing and storytelling that’s out of this world.
Nearby Day Trips
The Salton Sea: This 35 mile-long and 15 mile-wide lake is now a site of stunning desert sunsets and one of the largest bird sanctuaries in the state. Check for park reopening restrictions.
Joshua Tree National Park: This mountainous region encompasses part of the Colorado and Mojave deserts where you’ll find a variety of native plants and animals and surreal geologic features. Spend the day picnicking, hiking, and rock climbing. Check park for restrictions.
Road Trip: Hop in the car and cruise up Highway 74. Otherwise known as the “Palm to Pines” Highway, this is a 130-mile scenic stretch of road that winds through the desert backcountry before eventually connecting to the charming towns of Idyllwild, Julian, and Temecula.
Find Your Bliss
Shop ‘Til You Drop: A little retail therapy never hurt anybody! Head to the outdoor Desert Hills Premium Outlets in nearby Cabazon, California’s largest luxury outlet with over 180 retail stores, featuring top designer brands at discount prices.
Stretch it Out: Find your zen with outdoor yoga at Wellness Park with the desert sky and surrounding mountains as your backdrop. Sessions are 6:30 a.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. You must pre-register and bring your own yoga mat, water, and towel.
Grab a Cold One: Sip on local Palm Springs craft beer at Las Palmas Brewing. This microbrewery and natural wine bar in the heart of downtown brews all its beers on-premise and features an outdoor patio garden seating. Check website for hours of operation.
No matter how you choose to spend your days in the desert, book a stay at Casitas del Monte, only minutes away from downtown Palm Springs!