26 trails in the valley, high desert and forest

The Coachella Valley is known for its desert landscape, palm trees, pools and unique home designs, but it’s also a treasure trove for hiking. From Joshua trees and stunning rock formations to waterfalls and palm tree oases, there’s a scenic hike for all skill levels within reach of the valley.

This guide provides a sampling of top hikes in the area that Desert Sun reporters Erin Rode, Ema Sasic and Janet Wilson recommend to locals and visitors alike. 

Note: For trails without specific hours and prices listed, readers should assume the trail is open dawn to dusk and free to enjoy.

Coachella Valley hikes

A young visitor leaves the Tahquitz Canyon Visitor Center on Nov. 24 in Palm Springs.

Indian Canyons

Mileage: 60 plus miles

Address: 38-520 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Indian Canyon and Palm Canyon feature five dozen miles of trails, and while easier access ones can be crowded, all offer a real sense of what this area was like pre-major development,

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