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Activities in the Palm Springs area.

ROCK CLIMBING

Joshua Tree Rock Climbing - Experience the wonderful sport of rock climbing in one of our nation's most popular and spectacular climbing areas - Joshua Tree National Park! Celebrating their 12th year in business, the Joshua Tree Rock Climbing School offers exciting 1- 4 day courses featuring all levels of instruction from beginners to advanced (ages 6 years and up). AMGA Certified Guides on staff. Individual, group and family outings offered. All climbing equipment included.
Toll Free Reservations & Information : 1-800-890-4745

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BICYCLING

Bighorn Bicycles - The Palm Springs bicycle rental and tour company. Quality trek bikes, knowledgeable guides, spectacular destinations. Hourly and daily. 302 N. Palm Canyon Drive, (760) 325-3367.

CANYON JEEP TOURS

Join us for a climb high above the Coachella Valley in rugged back country with our Palms to Pines Tour. Venture into the treasure of Indian Canyons: lush oasis, palm groves, desert lavender, ancient trails, streams and waterfalls. And for a view of the valley clear to the Salton Sea, come with us on our Wind Turbine/Joshua Tree Monument Ride. Canyon Jeep Tours provides an adventure you'll soon not forget. Our Jeeps are large nine passenger, canopy covered, open air, four wheel drive vehicles. Jeeps are completely rebuilt for your comfort and safety. Each Jeep is painted with a different jungle animal pattern! Toll Free Reservations : 1-800-854-1279

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HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES

Balloon rides above the desert.

Balloon Above The Desert
40374 Moonflower Ct.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 776-5785 (800) 342-8506
Email: batd@gte.net

SKY SAILING

Sky Sailing- features the QUIETEST flight you'll ever experience as you soar higher and higher with the wind beneath your wings. (760) 782-0404

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CROQUET

Palm Hills Croquet Association
P.O. Box 4938
Palm Springs, CA 92263
760-321-7105

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FESTIVALS & FAIRS

Palm Springs International Film Festival Tenth annual event at downtown Palm Springs theaters, presented by the City of Palm Springs with other sponsors TBA, featuring the best of EuropaCinema with more than 100 international film screenings from many countries, including premieres, seminars, workshops, national galas saluting various countries. 760-778-8979

The Riverside Date Festival began as a celebration of the date harvest. 800-863-8247

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HIKING

The Coachella Valley is a hiker's dream of canyons and pathways.

Indian Canyon - Cahuilla Indians
760-345-5673

Happy Traveler RV Park
Community hikes Wed. (Nov.-Mar.), 211 West Mesquite, 760-325-7530.

Hiking through the beautiful desert landscape. Nature Hikes
- provide an opportunity to learn more about our unique desert environments with an informed and enthusiastic guide. All nature hikes meet at the Museum's north parking lot each Wednesday and Saturday at 9 a.m. 760-325-0189

Desert Museum Naturalist - Friday and Saturday (October thru April), 760-325-7186.

Desert Safari Guides and Outfitters
Provides professionally guided Tours and Expeditions into the Indian Canyons and desert including Tours and Expeditions lasting from one to six hours. A Full moon Moonlight Expedition is also offered monthly. Loaner hiking packs provided. 760-776-6087 or (888) TO SAFARI (toll free)

The Sierra Club Saturday and Sunday in season, 760-321-5778.

Coachella Valley Hiking Club - weekends year-round, plus some week days (Nov.-May), 760-345-6234.

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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Palm Springs Aerial Tramway- 54 miles of trails in Mt. San Jacinto Wilderness. Day permits at Ranger Station in Long Valley. 760-327-0222.

Overnight permits at State Park Headquarters in Idyllwild. 909-659-2607

Trail Discovery Hiking Guide Service. Professionally guided hikes, foothills, canyons, Joshua Tree National Park. Runners welcome. 760-325-HIKE.

Hiking, Biking and Equestrian Trails Guidebook at Rancho Mirage City Hall, 69-825 Hwy. 111, 760-324-4511. Comprehensive, $4.50.

HORSE SHOWS & HORSEBACK RIDING

Horse shows: The Indio Desert Circuit Horse Show Held January 27 thru March 14th, the Desert Circuit is largest hunter/jumper event West of the Mississippi. Horseback Riding: "Hi Ho Silver!" The Coachella Valley is a horse rider's paradise. Bond with your personal version of Mr. Ed at:

  • Indian Canyon - Cahuilla Indians 760-345-5673
  • Ivey Ranch Equestrian Center, Trail rides, hay rides, overnight rides, cookouts, arenas, team penning, gymkhanas. 73-605 30th Ave., Thousand Palms, 760-343-4251.
  • Los Compadres Stable, Guided trail rides and elite personalized tours, 1849 S. El Cielo Road, Palm Springs. 760-327-5411.
  • Coyote Ridge Stables Guided trail rides through the cool foothills of Morongo Valley. Specializing in private rides for small groups. 50639 Panorama Dr. Morongo Valley, CA 92256 760-363-3380 By Reservation Only
  • Smoke Tree Stables, Riding in the Desert, Mountains and Indian Reservation Canyons. Hay wagon rides, Western cookouts and horseback luncheon rides. 2500 Toledo Ave., Palm Springs, 760 327-1372

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OFF ROAD RENTALS

Off Road Rentals
If you're looking for an outfitter that rents ATV, quads, motorcycles, enduros, dirt bikes, etc. Look no further...this is the place! Call 760-325-0376 for info.

Enjoy spectacular views of the Ponds, Windmills, Sand Dunes, the Whitewater River and the wind carved Badlands of the Northern Coachella Valley! Open 10 am until Sunset Everyday!
59511 Highway 111
Palm Springs, California 92262
Reservations: 760-325-0376

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SNOW ACTIVITIES

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway- When it snows, the world famous Aerial Tram practically doubles in popularity as a ski-lift. Compared to the desert climate of Palm Springs, it's a whole other world up there and when it snows (which is often) ...there are plenty of snow activities to enjoy.

TOURS

Windmill Tours - Stupendous Wind Turbine blades are turning 200 feet overhead, with a rotor sweep half the length of a football field, in the wind as it rushes through the fabled San Gorgonio Pass. This 1-1/2 educational tour will carry you along the floor of the Colorado Desert, part of the Sonoran Desert. Spectacular Mountain and Moonscape vistas are also part of this brilliantly narrated tour. Toll Free - (877)449-WIND

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WATER ACTIVITIES

Palm Springs Swim Center - Located in Sunrise Park on Sunrise Way and Ramon Rd., the Palm Springs Swim Center features a 50-meter Olympic-size public pool, two 1-meter diving boards, one 3-meter board, spacious lawns, sun deck and a separate section for children. The temperature is maintained at 80-84 degrees. Instruction for all ages.
Open April - Sept. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct.-Mar. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Night swimming in summer. Admission $3 adults, $2 children 4-12, 3 and under are free with paid adult. 25 swims for $20 cards available. 760-323-8278.

Palm Springs Oasis Waterpark -This is it. Where the kids act like kids and the adults act like...well...kids! This 21-acre water wonderland features over a dozen water slides, the notorious free-fall slides, body-and board-surfing in a 2/3-acre wave pool, an inner tube ride, beach volleyball and even a Squirt City for small children. Beach food, rental "hideaway" cabanas, lockers and dressing rooms.
Open daily at 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., March-Labor Day, plus weekends Sept. 9-Oct.29.
General admission $21.95, $14.95 children 40-60 inches tall, under 40 inches free. $10.95 seniors. Discounts after 3:30 p.m. June 10-Labor Day. Group discounts for 15 or more. MasterCard and Visa accepted. Off I-10 south on Gene Autry Tr. bet. Ramon Rd. and E. Palm Canyon Dr. 760-325-7873.


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DESERT EXPLORATION

The Living Desert -This 1,200 acre park, one of our desert's must-see attractions, is a living museum of desert plants and rare or endangered species of animals from around the world. Camels, meerkats, cheetahs, warthhogs, zebras, mountain lions, and the Santa Rosa Mountain bighorn sheep are just some of the wildlife on display. Explore on your own or take the guided tour by electric train. There is a gift shop, cafe, picnic areas, and hiking trails. If you're lucky enough to be here for the holiday season, come in and experience "Wildlights", an evening light show that is one of the reserve's most popular attractions, especially for children. 47-900 Portola Avenue off of Highway 111 in Palm Desert. 760-346-5694.


San Andreas Fault

Many people do not understand what an earthquake is, how it happens,what the effects are, or even exaclty what the fault, which runs through the Coachella Valley, looks like. Scientists think the action of the fault is what formed the valley, and you can find out all about it on one of three tours now being offered.

Jurassic Expeditions 760-862-5540
The San Andreas Fault Tour 760 322-6029
Desert Adventures Jeep Eco-Tour 888-440-5337 or 760-324-JEEP



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