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A hiking trail follows this path of palm springs, it's an interesting mix of both greenery and an arid landscape.
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38500 South Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA 92264
Open 8:00am-5:00pm, tours offered at 10:00am at Palm Canyon & 1:00pm at Andreas Canyon.
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Indian Canyons are located on the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation and are open to the public for hiking and picnicking. There also is a small trading post/gift shop. Although primarily desert in nature, Indian Canyons include several creeks and oases which are home to thick stands of native palm trees. Elevations range from a few hundred feet at the entrance station to well over 6,000 feet on distant mountain peaks. There are three primary canyons: Palm, Andreas and Murray. Parking is available at Palm as well as Andreas/Murray. Hiking trails at Indian Canyons range from easy to very difficult.
The Agua Caliente Indians have lived in the area for centuries and historically were not hemmed in by property lines or fences. That changed in 1876 when the US Government set aside a mere 32,000 acres for the tribe to call home, with approximately 6,700 acres in the city of Palm Springs. Given the impressive scenery and easy accessibility, the lands became popular for recreation as early as the 1890s. Today the canyons and oases are wilderness gems in a highly developed area. Palm Canyon also contains the largest California Fan Palm Oasis habitat.
Visiting on a Sunday morning in winter worked well because attendance was light, and the weather was cool. A 2-3 mile loop hike led from the Palm Canyon Trading Post up East Fork Tail and back along the Victor Trail. The East Fort Trail was easy and passed by a few traditional Indian dwellings and extensive stands of palm trees. The return trip on Victor Trail was moderate with some hills and rock steps in places. The desert environment on Victor Trail was stark but beautiful, and there were good views of Palm Springs. A few minutes was enough time at Andreas Canyon, as the habitat was similar to Palm Canyon and the trail was too overgrown. For those with hiking in their blood and who want to experience a cool place to do it, Indian Canyons makes for an enjoyable excursion. There are 16 different trails here and over 60 miles of hiking, so you can definitely hike longer than 2 hours, but overnight stays are not permitted.
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