There are amazing hikes in Palm Springs that most people never even know exist. You don't have to be a serious hiker to enjoy these beautiful natural treasures. All of the hikes that we recommend are just a few minutes driving distance from Korakia. A couple of tips; consider packing a picnic lunch (let us know if you need to borrow a blanket) and, weather permitting, bringing a swimsuit for dipping in the creek. Please remember to bring plenty of water with you!!!
500 W. Mesquite, west of Palm Canyon Drive
This incredibly scenic canyon features the waterfall filmed for the classic Lost Horizon. The Agua Caliente tribe offers 2-hour ranger-led hikes into their most spiritual and beautiful place. This trail has many amazing sites, including Tahquitz Falls. Legend has it that these sixty-foot falls have the power to rejuvenate and reenergize even the most weary traveler. The canyon is open daily from 8am to 5pm, with hikes departing daily at 8am, 10am, noon, and 2pm (reservations are recommended). The 2-mile round-trip hike is of moderate difficulty; hikes depart. The fee is $13 for adults, $6 for children ages 6 to 12.
The Indian Canyons are the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. You can see remnants of their ancient life: rock art, house pits and foundations, irrigation ditches, bedrock mortars, pictographs, and stone houses and shelters built atop high cliff walls. Palm Canyon, noted for its stand of Washingtonia palms, follows a rippling stream lined with palm trees for up to fifteen miles. Murray Canyon, known for its high cliffs and flowing waters, including the Seven Sisters waterfalls, is home to Peninsula bighorn sheep and a herd of wild ponies. Andreas Canyon trail winds through huge beautifully shaded canyon walls lined with sycamore, cottonwood and palm trees among the sharp rock formations.The canyons are closed to visitors from late June to early September. The canyons are open 8am to 5pm, and guided hiking tours and ranger lectures are also available. The fee is $8 per adult, $6 for students, seniors, and military, and $4 for kids ages 6 to 12.
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Joshua Tree National Park is a desert wonderland with a wealth of things to see and do. The park encompasses 800,000 acres and is home to a fascinating variety of plants and animals. The park's famous Joshua trees and huge boulder piles have made it a climber’s paradise. The West entrance is located 5 miles south of the junction of Highway 62 and Park Boulevard. The North entrance is in Twentynine Palms, 3 miles south of the junction of Highway 62 and Utah Trail.