Home to the Aqua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians are the Indian Canyons of Palm Springs. One of the best ways to explore these scenic canyons of wonderment is to hike on through them. Four canyons encompass the area: Andreas, Murray, Tahquitz and Palm Canyon. Here is a glimpse of each spectacular canyon.
This incredible canyon allures a bounty of unique wildlife. It isn't unusual to see a peninsula Big Horn Sheep. Since the late 1990's this majestic animal was placed on the endangered species list due to habitat devastation and urban development. Here in the Murray Canyons of Aqua Caliente Band they can find refuge and an instilled safety. They also enjoy nibbling on shrubs and sweet bush. Also, prevalent in these regions is the Least Bell's Vireo. Weighing in at an astonishing 7 to 10 grams this fascinating desert bird is a marvelous natural addition to Murray Canyon. Keep your eyes to the trees. They're in there! For those traveling with horses, designated equestrian trails offer a wonderful opportunity to gallop through the wilderness with your equine pal.
One of the most captivating aspects of the Andreas Canyon is the assortment of fan palms and hundreds of other mesmerizing plants that decorate the vicinity. Scenically wondrous foot trails meander through the canyons, past bizarre, yet ponderous rock formations, and into a realm of surprisingly lush desert. If you're seeking a more serene canyon experience, then the Andreas Canyon is the ideal place to stroll through and snap a few priceless photos for the mantelpiece.
In the series of four canyons, Tahquitz is the most recently restored canyon. A visitor's center is currently in the works to provide volumes of information to all Tahquitz visitors, as well as ranger-led canyon tours.
Visitors to Palm Canyon often herald the canyon as one of the most magnificent canyons in Western North America. It's no surprise with fifteen canyon-rich miles of open desert land, fan palms and rocky realms of rudimentary excellence. Start off at the Trading Post and pick up a map and a quenching beverage. Once you wander along the trail you'll soon realize how surreal the hiking in Palm Canyon seems. When you start getting hungry, a picnic by the stream offers the trickling powers of nature at its most incredible.