Hike Palm Canyon Trail

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Palm Canyon is an oasis for hikers and equestrians located in Indian Canyon, Palm Springs. It is a short hike offering views over the world’s largest California Fan Palm oasis, the desert, and the rocky gorge.


– Distance: 2-miles out and back [15 miles trail available]

– Difficulty: Easy

– Time: 1:15 hours

Palm Canyon is 15 miles long, and you can adjust your hike accordingly. I opted for a short 2-miles out and back. It’s a short distance but perfect to discover and appreciate the oasis.

The trail starts next to the trading post. Enjoy the view over the oasis before engaging on the trail.

The first quart of a mile is the easiest with a descent into the gorge. Quickly, you will reach a flat, shady, and sandy area with numerous Fan Palms. There are some tables and benches to picnic and relax.

Did you know?

The Atcitcem Clan (People of Good) gave as a gift Palm Canyon to the Kauisiktum Clan (People of the Fox)

The scenic trail through the gorge is easy and rocky.

Did you know?

Palm Canyon is the world’s largest California Fan Palm (Washingtonia filifera) oasis!

Embrace nature, enjoy fauna and flora, rocky landscape, and a glimpse at the contrasting greener fan palms along the creek.

Did you know?

The Agua Caliente Indians lived in the Canyon, and developed communities thank to the canyon’s water supply.

Finally, you retrace our steps when we reach this burned Fan Palms area.

Article based on my hike in April 2021.

Ready to hike Palm Canyon?

*COVID-19 update as of August 2021*

  • Please wear a mask and practice a physical distance of 6 feet between yourself and others.
  • Please review health and safety protocols before visiting.

Address:  38520 S. Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs


– I recommend hiking early morning to avoid heat

– Park open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (open only Friday, Saturday, Sunday from July 5 – Aug. 31)

– Admission: $9 per adult, $5 for children (6-12)

– Parking: free parking on-site.

– Grab water, hiking or tennis shoes, and sun cream

– More information at https://www.indian-canyons.com/indian_canyons

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