You don’t need to go far for idyllic desert roaming on foot or horseback, with the desert wilderness of Tahquitz Canyon reservation right on the edge of Palm Springs.
Guided hikes reveal incredible desert rock formations, pools, flowers and wildlife. The 2-mile (3 km) Tahquitz Canyon Trail loop leads to a lovely waterfall, with rocky steps to climb.
Wear your hiking boots and come equipped with drinking water, your camera and, if you want to relax while you’re here, a good book.
The Tahquitz Canyon visitor center is just west of central Palm Springs off South Palm Canyon Drive.