5 outdoor activities in Palm Springs

Take time out from resort relaxation to explore the surrounding area of Palm Springs. Take your pick from canyon hiking to stargazing and everything in between.

1. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Embark on a scenic gondola ride in the world’s largest rotating tram car as you emerge into the desert oasis of the San Jacinto Mountains. Upon reaching the mountaintop at 8,516 feet, enjoy observation decks and a natural history museum or take your pick of over 50 miles of hiking trails.

Price: Adults – $25.95
Seniors (65+) – $23.95
Children (3-10) – $16.95
Children (under 2) – free

Distance from hotel: 27.5 miles (45 minutes by car)

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2. Moorten Botanical Garden

Brimming with over 3,000 specimens of cacti and desert plants, this family-owned botanical garden is a great place for a family day out. Take advantage of a tour (free with an admission ticket) where knowledgeable guides can identify and explain different types of species.

Price: Adults – $5.00
Children (15 and under) – $2.00
Children (under 5) – free

Distance from hotel: 15 miles (30 minutes by car)

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3. Windmill tour

Enter the private fences of the wind farm and go deep into the phenomena of renewable energy in the Coachella Valley. Get up close and personal with the historical wind giants via an air-conditioned luxury bus before visiting a working wind farm and finishing with a complimentary date shake.

Price: Adults – $49
Seniors – $47
Children (8-18) – $24
Children (7 and under) – free

Distance from hotel: 22 miles (30 minutes by car)

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4. Joshua Tree National Park

A great place for a day trip, Joshua Tree National Park is home to two diverse deserts and is a wilderness worth witnessing. From rock climbing and horseback riding, to hiking and photography, there’s plenty of recreational fun for the whole family.

Entrance fee: Vehicle permit – $30
Motorcycle permit – $25
Individual – $15

Distance from hotel: 36 miles (40 minutes by car)

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5. Stargazing

Take advantage of the dark skies by attending a stargazing tour at Rancho Mirage Observatory. Locate objects like galaxies and nebulae through the lens of a telescope and enjoy educational information from an experienced astronomer.

Entrance fee: Free

Distance from hotel: 6.5 miles (10 minutes by car)

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For more information on things to do in Palm Springs, speak to our friendly staff who will be happy to assist.