Adventures in the desert

Between the glamour and the tiki cocktails, it’s easy to forget that Palm Springs sits on the western edge of the Coachella Valley

This area is perfect for adventures in the desert, including hiking, trail discoveries, and sightseeing. 

Once occupied by the ancestors of the Agua Caliente of Cahuilla Indians, Palm Springs offers a desert landscape worth discovering.

One of our favourite ways to explore the landscape is with Desert Adventures’ Red Jeep Tours, who offer three-hour naturalist-led drives into the canyons as well as off-road 4WD trips into the San Andreas Fault Zone.

If driving is not your thing and you’d rather put your hiking boots on, Trail Discovery offers a range of expeditions, including four- to eight-hour treks through shadowy slot canyons.

View the sights from Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area, which begins with a must-do ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. The tramway is the largest rotating tram car in the world and is an essential experience when visiting Palm Springs. You’ll travel 2.5 miles up the craggy cliffs of Chino Canyon and pass through four different ecosystems along the way. Feel temperatures of up to 30 degrees cooler than the valley floor when you emerge at an elevation of 8,516 feet.

The uptown district of Palm Springs is a chic, walkable neighborhood filled with furniture showrooms, vintage stores, and independent fashion boutiques.

Art plays a big part in the area, you’ll find plenty of galleries and architecture tours. Running along a stretch of North Palm Canyon Drive, you can explore plenty of modernism inspiration.

In Downtown Palm Springs, the 1938-founded Palm Springs Art Museum houses a vast collection of major works by western, contemporary, and glass artists. 

Its Architecture and Design Center at the Edward Harris Pavilion showcases the streamlined style of famed desert architects, such as Donald Frey, Richard Neutra, and the building’s own designer, E. Stewart Williams.

Encircled by mountains and just two hours east of Los Angeles, Palm Springs is the perfect place for adventures in the desert. When it comes to finding a place to relax and recharge after a day of exploring, we have guest rooms, suites, and villas at Miramonte Resort to help you unwind.