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General Overview: 
If you are looking for a fun outdoor activity while visiting Palm Springs, the Tahquitz Canyon hike is it! The short 2-mile loop trail offers scenic views of native canyon plant life and leads to a refreshing 25-foot waterfall and  pool. It’s a mini oasis in the middle of the desert! Just make sure to visit in the late winter or early spring, if you want to have the best chance of seeing the waterfall flow!The hike may be closed at various points of the year due to weather. Check Tahquitz Canyon website for its current status.

The Tahquitz Canyon waterfall is scenic and a fun complement to any desert getaway. Although there is an admission fee ($12.50 adults, $6.00 children) to the Aqua Caliente Indian Tribe, seeing the waterfall is worth it! It adds a refreshing view to the desert landscape and a fun adventure to Palm Spring’s relaxing nature.
We wouldn’t recommend building a trip around the hike because of its short length, but if it fits into your weekend, then it’s worth it!
Trail Map

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From Downtown Palm Sprrings
  • Head west on W Mesquite Ave toward S Palm Canyon Dr.
  • Turn left onto S Palm Canyon Dr. 
  • Take the 3rd right onto W Ramon Rd
  • Take the 1st left onto S Belardo Rd. 
  • Turn right onto W. Mesquite Ave
  • Address: 500 W Mesquite Ave, Palm Springs, CA 92264

Where to Park:  
  • There is a free parking lot outside the Aqua Caliente Indian Visitors Center.


When to Go

  • Late Winter/Early Spring: If you want to have the best chance to see the waterfall, it’s best to visit during the later winter or early spring after the rainy season. The weather will also be more enjoyable compared to the hot summer months where temperatures can reach 110+.

How it Looks:  
The Tahquitz Canyon
The Tahquitz Canyon
Hikers enjoying the desert oasis
A mini desert oasis

Palm Springs Desert Canyon Views at Night
Dog Friendly
  • No, only service animals are allowed.
Intensity Levels
  • Barry-the-Bear: “Extremely beautiful! I’m glad we went in February and saw the waterfall flowing!”
  • Larry-the-Lion: “A pure oasis! We managed to enjoy this hike in sandals. The short two-mile loop provided enough activity for the morning and helped burn off a few poolside drinks!”
  • Chris-the-Cheetah:
    Short! If I didn’t spend 20 minutes at the natural pool enjoying the waterfall, it would have gone by too fast.”

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