Traversing the Outdoors of Palm Springs

Traversing the great outdoors may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Palm Springs. But there are plenty of hiking and biking opportunities in Palm Springs to explore, and the chance to catch a sighting of a waterfall too.

Hiking in Palm Springs

From easy to moderate and challenging trails, wide-open spaces, and canyons encircled by entrancing rocks, there are dozens of hiking trails in Palm Springs that could appeal to a variety of outdoor enthusiasts. Below is just a shortlist of the many places where you can find hiking in Palm Springs.

Something for Beginners

Andreas Canyon Trail at Indian Canyons

Tucked away into the historic Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians tribal grounds, this one-mile hike is great for those looking to experience the outdoors while talking with friends or spending quality family time. Lush and green on one side, rugged, dry, and mountainous on the other, entrance to the park is $9 but you’ll find beautiful flowers along the way and a short hike that’s great for beginners. A small stream also runs through it but no dogs are allowed.


For the New & Adventurous or Moderate Hiker

Murray Canyon Trail to Seven Falls

Looking for waterfalls in Palm Springs? Look no further than this 3.7 mile back trail near Palm Springs that might be slightly challenging for beginners, but is overall doable—especially for the more moderate level hiker.


Available for hiking and horseback riding between October and March, the entrance is $9 per adult. The trail is kid-friendly but no dogs are allowed. The start of the trail requires a walk through the desert, but you’ll discover an unexpected oasis just around the corner. Most of the trail runs through the oasis, with crossing paths that offer views of wildflowers, the riverside, and several waterfalls. With all of those waterfalls though, you can expect to get a little wet.


Next-Level Hiking Challenge

Skyline Trail: Cactus to Clouds

A 21.2 mile, point-to-point trail located near Palm Springs, this trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers although you’ll find a variety of activities that are available.

With the greatest elevation gain of any trail in the United States, the trail climbs 8,000 feet from the desert to Long Valley, then joins with the main trail to gain another 2,600 feet to the summit. Starting on the desert floor, expect a gain of over 8,000 feet in the first 12 miles with much of the hiking taking place in dry arid desert conditions. However, if you’re in need of a rescue, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway can be taken up or down the mountain.


One for the Dogs & Mountain Bikers in Palm Spring

Dunn Road

If you don’t see the point of a hike without your furry best friend in tote, then Dunn Road might be for you. A 15.3-mile point-to-point trail near Palm Springs, Dunn Road is a moderate trail that is dog friendly so long as you keep your dog on a leash.

Looking for biking in Palm Springs? Dunn Road is also a great trail for mountain bikers. Described by many as very challenging, it’s also known to be worth it. Ride about four miles up (about 2600 feet) through washed-out portions of a steep road that leads to incredible views and serene trails that also offer picnic spots.

Driving up Highway 74, you can find the "top" of Dunn Road and experience a 12+ mile mountain bike ride downhill with a solid drop-off.

This is just a start to the type of hiking and biking you can find in Palm Springs and the surrounding area, but there are plenty of other trails for runners and bikers that you don’t want to miss. Find new home builders in Palm Springs and turn your occasional hike into an everyday, irresistible habit. Pulte offers options for both young families and active adults, with features like built-in planning centers and custom-designed mudrooms.



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Published 9.14.2021

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