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  • Address: Colorado Desert
Sprawling from the Mexico border in the south to the Mohave Desert in the north, the Colorado Desert encompasses 7 million acres of land. The two most well-known destinations within the area are Coachella Valley, famous for its annual music and arts festival, and Joshua Tree National Park, which occupies 800,000 acres of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts. There are also the Imperial Valleys. The Coachella Valley houses seven towns, including sunny Palm Springs. 
 
The Colorado Desert is generally considered a lower elevation area, with few points reaching above 3,000 feet. There’s no better way to describe the climate other than with the use of the word hot. This desert has higher summertime day temperatures than others at higher elevation, and it also receives more rain than the typical desert. There are many indigenous flora and fauna, including regional variations of cacti and brush scrub. Some of the unique desert wildlife roaming this part of the country includes bobcats, cactus mice, Yuma antelope and red-diamond rattlesnakes. 
 

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Nine national and state parks reside within the boundaries of the Colorado Desert. Hikers, rock climbers and campers are particularly drawn to the area for the vast number of hiking trails and stunning desert scenery. Be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen on any trip into the Colorado Desert, as temperatures can get dangerously high.  

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Palm Springs Wildlands Preserve Nature Tour

This nature tour from Palm Desert takes you on a scenic journey through Southern California’s rich, diverse scenery. Traveling from the Colorado Desert to the ...  Read more

Location: Palm Springs, California
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.99

The Earthquake Canyon Bike Express

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Embark on a scenic 20-mile (32-km) bike tour through Palm Desert! Descending through the heart of the San Andreas Fault zone between the Colorado Desert and ...  Read more

Location: Palm Springs, California
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.99

Joshua Tree National Park Jeep Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Joshua Tree National Park Adventure - This tour takes you to one of the nation's most outstanding wilderness treasures, Joshua Tree National Park you will use ...  Read more

Location: Palm Springs, California
Duration: 4 - 5 hours

From USD $158.99

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