Palm Springs' quintessential sunshine and warm weather make for the perfect vacation spot for outdoor enthusiasts, whether you're into adventurous activities like rock climbing or milder pastimes like nature walks and guided hikes. No matter how you prefer to enjoy the outdoors, you'll find plenty of opportunities to get outside in Palm Springs.
The Coachella Valley is a hiker’s paradise, thanks to trails set amidst the likes of Joshua Tree National Park, where grand, alien-like boulders and twisted Joshua trees set the scene for a day of outdoor fun. Palm Springs’ Indian Canyons are another popular choice with visitors looking to enjoy the outdoors, thanks to its relatively easy trails that run along streams, waterfalls and canyon walls against the San Jacinto Mountains.
You don’t have to enjoy the outdoors by foot, though: Desert Adventures offers guided jeep tours through local outdoor wonders like the San Andreas Fault, while Balloon Above the Desert gives you unobstructed views of the Coachella Valley from the basket of a hot air balloon as you float above the desert.
Palm Springs is also a golfer's paradise, thanks to more than 100 courses throughout the desert, many of which boasting notable architects like Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Two popular choices where you can tee off include Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert and the PGA West Golf Club in La Quinta.
Looking for more ways to enjoy the outdoors in the desert? Check out the full list of Palm Springs' 10 best outdoor activities below.
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