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Indian Canyons

Indian Canyons

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38520 S Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California

The basics

With its proximity to Palm Springs and Palm Desert, Indian Canyons is easy to visit in a day and still have time for other activities. If you’re interested in exploring with a guide, book a hiking tour to gain insight into the native vegetation and the history and culture of the Cahuilla Indians.   The trails vary from easy to strenuous and feature waterfalls, rock formations, and views of the desert landscape. The 15-mile (24-kilometer) Palm Canyon has a Trading Post where you can pick up hiking maps and American Indian books, art, and other items. Murray Canyon is the least visited, located south of Andreas Canyon. Popular trails include Andreas, which is considered easy; Victor, Dry Wash, and West Fork, which are moderate; and Indian Potrero, which is strenuous.

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Palm Springs Indian Canyons Bike and Hike
Palm Springs Indian Canyons Bike and Hike
$120.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Worth every penny!
Ben was a fantastic tour guide. He showed us some lovely homes in Palm Springs and was a wonderful cheerleader as we braved the final incline into Indian Canyon. Incredibly knowledgeable and friendly, he made an extra effort to answer all my 15-year-old daughter’s questions about every species of animal in the desert! He even gave some additional recommendations for the other days of our trip. This tour was worth every penny, and be sure to generously tip your guide!
Melanie_K, Mar 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Palm Springs

star-5
A great and unique Palm Springs experience
Trish_M, Mar 2022
Palm Springs Indian Canyons Bike and Hike
Our guide Ben was an incredible host; fun, humorous, knowledgeable and interesting. He ensured everyone was comfortable, and made the bike ride and hike a memorable experience.
star-5
Great excursion with very knowledgeable guide
Kevin_W, Mar 2022
Palm Springs Indian Canyons Bike and Hike
We had a great experience. Kolin was very knowledgeable and went out of his way to take pictures of and gave great recommendations for the rest of our stay in Palm Springs
star-5
A Must-Do in Palm Springs
Dan_K, Feb 2022
Palm Springs Indian Canyons Bike and Hike
Excellent bike/hike tour with our guide, Ben. Beautiful neighborhoods with mid-century architecture and a great hike in the Indian Canyon. Saw desert big horn sheep and amazing landscape
star-5
Best tour!
Jeanne_D, Feb 2022
Indian Canyons Walking Tour by Jeep from Palm Springs
We had a great time. Learned lots about Palm Springs history, native Indians, geography and flora and fauna. It was a ton of fun and very interesting.
star-5
Our favorite family friendly thing in Palm Springs!
Misty_H, Jan 2022
Indian Canyons Walking Tour by Jeep from Palm Springs
Morgan was our guide and she was SO FANTASTIC. She was knowledgeable in local history, plants and geology. She made the experience so much fun. We plan to return to do the other excursions with her.
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Amazing time!
Jackie_W, Mar 2022
Palm Springs Indian Canyons Bike and Hike
Had the best time! Joe was an amazing guide! Also saved us all from a rattlesnake so is a hero too! Thanks for such amazing memories made!
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Fun outdoor science class
Joan_B, Feb 2022
Palm Springs Indian Canyons Bike and Hike
Ben led us on a bike tour through architecturally interesting neighborhoods then into the foothills. He is very knowledgeable about plants, animals, and the area in general. We enjoyed spending our morning with him. Beautiful scenery and pleasant guy!
star-5
Andres Canyon hike....
Lee_B, Mar 2021
Indian Canyons Walking Tour by Jeep from Palm Springs
Andres Canyon hike. Informative mellow guide. Beautiful scenery. Interesting history of the Coahuila tribe told with respect.
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Or guide was the best....
Shaun_R, Dec 2021
Palm Springs Indian Canyons Bike and Hike
Or guide was the best. Very nice to our kids and had a lot of good information about the area. Thanks for the fun!
star-5
Great day in Palm Springs
Kathryn_F, Nov 2021
Palm Springs Indian Canyons Bike and Hike
Was a great experience Kolin was very knowledgeable of the area and we had a great time! Really enjoyed the hike was so peaceful and beautiful!
star-4
A look into the past juxtaposed to present
Linda_F, Mar 2020
Indian Canyons Walking Tour by Jeep from Palm Springs
My husband and I toured the Andreas and Palm Canyons as guests of Darrell “Blackfeather.” Darrell was good-natured and very informative regarding native culture, botany and geological history. He showed us how to make rope with Washingtonia filifera fibers, introduced us to the sweet Rosy Constrictor and made sure we were fed, watered and comfortable. It was a fun trip and I was sorry to see it end.
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Great bike tour!
Tina_I, Oct 2021
Palm Springs Indian Canyons Bike and Hike
Kolin was an amazing guide! A wealth of knowledge & very personable. Hiking through the Oasis was the highlight. 😊 Highly recommend!

Things to know before you go

  • Wear sun protection and bring as much water as you can carry when hiking in the desert.
  • Know the signs of sun and heat stroke before you start hiking.
  • There are picnic tables available for visitors who bring their own food.
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How to get there

Indian Canyons is located off South Palm Canyon Drive about 6 miles (10 kilometers) south of downtown Palm Springs.

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Trip ideas


When to get there

The canyons are open daily from October to June and on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from July to September. Guided ranger hikes take place twice a day from October to June.

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Tahquitz Canyon

Also part of the tribal lands, Tahquitz Canyon is known for its rock art and 60-foot (18-meter) waterfall located at the end of a hiking trail. Closer to Palm Springs, the canyon is popular with those looking for an outdoor activity without having to leave town. 

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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