Indian Canyons

About 15 minutes south of Palm Springs is a beautiful place called Indian Canyons. Located on the tribal land of the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians are miles of trails through desert hills and lush canyon oases.

Indian Canyons

Check out this split rock you have to drive through to get to Palm Canyon!

Indian Canyons

A tribal ranger recommended the Victor Trail in Palm Canyon, followed by the Canyon Loop Trail in Andreas Canyon.

Indian Canyons

As we walked behind the trading post we were greeted with an amazing view of the canyon below — the world’s largest California Fan Palm oasis. Entering the oasis felt like we had been transported to a tropical island.

Palm Canyon

Indian Canyons

Indian Canyons

The towering palms provided a lot of shade as we walked through Palm Canyon. As soon as we turned onto the Victor Trail, we were back in the sun, looking out over the desert. Instead of palm trees and sand, we had barrel cactus and boulders.

Indian Canyons

Indian Canyons

Indian Canyons

Those giant palm trees started looking pretty small as we climbed the hill.

Over at Andreas Canyon, half of the Canyon Loop Trail took us along a ridge above the oasis, and the other half ran right along the face of the canyon wall. That was pretty cool. On one side of the trail was a small stream and huge palm trees, on the other was this towering wall of huge rocks.

Indian Canyons

Indian Canyons

Indian Canyons

Indian Canyons

You know the important things to bring hiking: water, sunblock, etc., but there are two extra things you should bring to Indian Canyons. First, a picnic! There are lots of picnic tables near the oases in Palm Canyon and Andreas Canyon. A really cool spot for lunch. Second, bring wipes to clean your legs at the end of the day! (And don’t forget to shake all the sand out of your shoes, too!)

Indian Canyons

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2 Comments

    1. This place was really neat. It was recommended by someone at the Palm Springs visitor center, but otherwise I didn’t see it mentioned anywhere. It ended up being one of our favorite days there!

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