Nestled deep within the rocky crevices of the San Jacinto Mountains in Palm Springs, Tahquitz Canyon is an oasis of healing, outdoor adventure and natural wonder. As part of the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation, it remains one of the region’s most beautiful and culturally sensitive places and always tops our list of the best family-friendly hikes in Greater Palm Springs.
Discover indigenous rock art and ancient irrigation systems. Bring your camera and capture the bright yellow blooms of brittlebush blowing gently in the breeze. Stretch your legs on the 2-mile loop trail, which climbs more than 350 feet along a trickling stream and boulder-strewn land. And recharge, once you’ve reached the top, beneath a spectacular seasonal 60-foot waterfall. Known as Tahquitz Falls, these spring-fed waters flow from high up in the mountains, cascading down a smooth wall of granite and collecting in a crystal-clear, shallow pool. In these serene—and breathtaking—environs, it’s easy to forget that the bustling restaurants and shops of downtown Palm Springs are just 5 minutes away.
Tahquitz Canyon Visitor Center
The Tahquitz Canyon Visitor Center is your gateway to this sacred place. Ranger-led interpretive hikes depart throughout the day and are a great way to learn more about the tribe’s history and how they thrived here. Don’t miss these other fun experiences at the visitor center:
- Educational and cultural exhibits
- Native artifacts on display
- Theater room that screens The Legend of Tahquitz Canyon video
Tahquitz Canyon is open daily October 1 through July 4 and Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only July 5 through September 30.