It’s rare for a place to boast 360 days of sunshine per year, but that’s exactly what you’ll find in the sun-soaked desert oasis of Palm Springs. With warm weather to enjoy year-round, why wouldn’t you want to get outdoors to enjoy the best the desert has to offer? From architecture to natural landscapes, there’s plenty to see – and there’s no better way to sample it all than with a bicycle ride around Palm Springs.
Palm Springs has the perfect weather for a bicycle ride all year long — Photo courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB
The city maintains several marked bicycle trails throughout Palm Springs, which will help you navigate as you pass the city’s historic communities and palm-lined streets. For a leisurely and relaxing introduction to Palm Springs, you can’t do better than a half-day ride in downtown Palm Springs with the Downtown Loop and Citywide Loop trails.
Soak up the sunshine while bike riding in Palm Springs — Photo courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB
Start at the corner of Calle El Segundo and Alejo, where there is plenty of street parking for you to leave the car behind. Hop on your bicycle and head west toward downtown and San Jacinto Mountain, passing the green fields of Frances Stevens Park on your right. At the corner of Palm Canyon Drive, you’ll see the popular Corridor building, home to Koffi, JIAO and a garden courtyard. Since Palm Canyon Drive is a bit busy for bicycle traffic, pass the main street and turn left on the next road: Belardo. Here, the left-hand side of the street is designated for bicycles, so you can ride at ease.
Follow Belardo along Palm Canyon Drive to see the main strip with a behind-the-scenes look on your left, while enjoying a scenic golf course on your right. Once you pass the Palm Springs Art Museum, cross Tahquitz Canyon and get on the next street to the left: Cahuilla. Follow the street through Palm Springs’ Historic Tennis Club neighborhood, Enjoy the mid-century modern architecture as you follow the bike path signs and pass the historic Ingleside Inn, where guests like Frank Sinatra himself once stayed.
Ride under the palm trees in Palm Springs — Photo courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB
At the Ingleside Inn, you’ll turn left onto Ramon and then right onto Belardo Road. Follow it around as it turns into Sunny Dunes Road, offering a glance at a more natural and undeveloped desert. From here, you’ll follow the bike trail signs into the old neighborhood of Deepwell and along the residential streets of Canyon Country Club near Murray Canyon. Enjoy a closer look at one of the dozens of golf courses that draws professionals and amateurs alike to Palm Springs year after year as you ride through the country club.
The trail will lead you to Sunrise Way, where you’ll start heading back toward downtown Palm Springs. Along Mesquite Avenue, you’ll be treated to more examples of the city’s iconic mid-century modern architecture in Mesquite Country Club, where white walls and towering green trees set a scenic tone.
Continuing along the bike trail, you’ll pass the Palm Springs International Airport and Palm Springs City Hall as Tahquitz Canyon leads you to North Civic Drive. This quiet, winding road eventually ends at Alejo, where you’ll turn left to head back toward downtown to bring your scenic bike ride to an end. After a few hours of riding, you can refuel with a drink at Koffi or lunch at JIAO, both within walking distance and quite rewarding after a morning or afternoon of pedaling through Palm Springs.