PALM SPRINGS’ GREAT OUTDOORS
A Paradise for Adventure, Hiking, & More
Discover the picturesque parks, canyons, and mountains that create an outdoor playground in Palm Springs, CA. Explore miles and miles of Palm Springs hiking, ride on the largest rotating tramcar, or venture to Joshua Tree National Park for a day of sightseeing and exploration. We’ve even got a sample itinerary all planned out for you.
Joshua Tree National Park
Just an hour’s drive from Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, plan a daytrip to see Joshua Tree National Park. Joshua Tree offers guests many opportunities for exploration and discovery. Experience its fascinating variety of plants and animals in a park shaped by strong winds, unpredictable rain, and climatic extremes.
There are 12 self-guiding nature trails for visitors, and from October through May, reserve a spot on the popular Keys Ranch Guided Walking Tour. Or, see the park from the seat of your mountain bike, offering an extensive network of dirt roads. Joshua Tree is also a popular rock-climbing area; the Park is also home to approximately 250 bighorn sheep.
Winter Fun – Hike or Snowshoe in Palm Springs!
For a Palm Springs vacation during the winter months, strap on your snowshoes or hiking boots and experience the cool tranquility of the San Jacinto Mountains. After riding the Aerial Tramway to 8,500 feet, enjoy the fresh mountain snow as you snowshoe or hike through the mountain wilderness.
Celebrate the winter season at the San Jacinto Mountains, the place where snowball fights with family and friends are prone to occur! Snowshoes can be rented at the Aerial Tramway’s Adventure Center for only $18 per day. Please note, visitors who leave the Long Valley area on showshoes must obtain a permit from the Long Valley Ranger Station.
San Jacinto State Park
The San Jacinto Mountain range is a magical place for Palm Springs hiking. Here, you can enjoy the feeling of hiking in Switzerland while gazing down at the Sahara.
This 13,000-acre park offers over 50 miles of trails in the mountains soaring above the Sonora desert. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway makes it easy for hikers to enter Mount San Jacinto State Park, or you can begin at the mountain’s base. Enjoy cool breezes on the mountain that John Muir described as, “the view from San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth!”
The Living Desert – Zoo & Gardens
The Living Desert is the only American zoo and botanical garden combination dedicated solely to the deserts of the world. This 1,200-acre facility specializes in the plants and animals found throughout the deserts of the world.
Many exotic and endangered species can be seen in their natural surroundings, such as bighorn sheep, oryx, cheetahs, wolves, striped hyenas, thick-billed parrots, leopards and golden eagles. Visit their state-of-the-art wildlife hospital, where visitors can interact with the staff while procedures are being performed on animals.
This Palm Springs Zoo offers plenty of family fun with unique experiences, such as camel rides and feeding giraffes. It’s just 15 miles east of Palm Springs.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Hop aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and experience a breathtaking journey to 8,500 feet, where adventure seekers can hike & dine in the scenic beauty of the San Jacinto Mountains. Within the Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area, there are 54 miles of hiking trails that range from a 5 1/2 mile trek to the peak of Mt. San Jacinto to the just over 1 mile nature walk.
For 20 minutes, ride the world’s largest rotating tramcar to the top of the mountain, full of great Palm Springs hiking! You’ll also find a restaurant, gift shop, and snack bar for your pleasure.