The Palm Springs area enjoys ideal hiking weather through most of the winter. Palm Springs and surrounding the area feature an extensive trail system in and around the city and many outlying areas. Where else can you explore elevations ranging from 11,000 feet to below sea level?

Andreas Canyon in Palm SpringsCoupled with the readily accessible wild lands on local Indian reservations and a few nature preserves, the Palm Springs area offers much more than just golf, tennis, art, dinning and entertainment. The area just happens to offer some of the best ‘off-season’ hiking in California.

140 Great Hikes To Consider

Many of the best trails are described in book; 140 Great Hikes in and near Palm Springs by Philip Ferranti. With more than 140 hikes within a 60-mile radius of Palm Springs, you can choose from easy to difficult as you hike among canyons, palm oases, earthquake faults and mountain switch backs. The desert area also features scenic state and national parks such as Joshua Tree, many local preserves, and the popular Indian Canyons.

Note: Be prepared on all hikes and don't be one of those people that have to be rescued each month!

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