Boasting more than 360 days of sun a year – another way to look at it is just four days of rain each year – Palm Springs offers an exhilarating range of outdoor adventures.
Plan a sunset horseback riding tour or ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to marvel at the majestic desert below – this is also where you’ll find some of the coolest temperatures in Palm Springs. Another way to beat the desert heat is to take the kids to Knott’s Soak City Palm Springs water park. If you love hiking and mountain biking, the Coachella Valley’s canyons and hiking trails have much to offer bikers and hikers of all skill levels.
If you’re still on the lookout for ways to soak up the Palm Springs sun, here are a few of our favorite outdoor activities:
- Let our concierge arrange tee times for you or your group at one of the championship golf courses in the area
- If tennis is your game, tennis courts and lessons are only a few minutes away
- Swim a few laps at the Palm Springs Swim Center
- Take a rock climbing class at Joshua Tree National Park
- Visit Big League Dreams Baseball Park Cathedral City to play ball in scaled-down replicas of Boston’s Fenway Park, New York’s Yankee Stadium and Chicago’s Wrigley Field
Additional nearby activities include:
Horseback Riding & Horse Shows
Coyote Ridge Stable
Coyote Ridge Stable has been in business for over 15 years and is owned and operated by Sue Lund and Sally Ellis, who, along with several of the horses, volunteer their time with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Mounted Search and Rescue. Our guided trail rides take you through the canyons of Morongo Valley, with beautiful views of the San Gorgonio mountains and Mt. San Jacinto. At 3,200 ft. elevation, our mountainous terrain offers abundant wildlife and plant species. Experience magnificent golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, and kestrels soaring high above, or perhaps see coyote pups at play and listen to coveys of Gambel's quail chirping under the cover of creosote bushes.
Crazy Horse Ranch
Picture yourself on a relaxing horseback ride at sunset surrounded by breathtaking mountain views! Crazy Horse Ranch is a family-owned ranch located just outside of Palm Springs that offers trail rides, private lessons and horse boarding. Owner Jacklyn Barrett, a Wyoming native, has lived with horses her entire life. She takes a "Natural" approach to her horses and takes special care in training and bonding with them. Jacklyn will teach you the ropes to ensure that your ride is an unforgettable experience.
Smoke Tree Stables
Located in Palm Springs near the Indian Canyons, Smoke Tree Stables offers guided rides by the hour or day on over 150 miles of trails that provide both solitude and breathtaking beauty. Smoke Tree Stables can also accommodate groups with custom-designed packages that include picnic lunches or a western cookout and entertainment.
The Indio Desert Circuit Horse Show
Held January 26 through March 12, the Desert Circuit is largest hunter/jumper event West of the Mississippi.
Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions
By 1981, Keith McCormick had already become a successful entrepreneur in his native United Kingdom, but he longed to realize a dream to move to Palm Springs, California and devote his time entirely to his family... and his cars. In 1985, Keith hosted his very first Palm Springs exotic car auction. Today, the Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions have become a world-famous Palm Springs tradition. Keith McCormick's relentless dedication to excellence and integrity has produced one of the most prestigious, respected, and successful car auctions in America.
Adventure Hummer - Desert Tours
Our bright yellow Hummers are recognizable as soon as you come to our sun-drenched part of the world. We have the only open-air Hummers in the desert to let you experience the real desert. Journey with us far from the world of traffic and noise to a place off the beaten track. We offer daily tours into the canyons of the San Andreas Fault as well as into the heart of Joshua Tree National Park. We stop at the third largest Palm Oasis in the world and visit places very few are ever privileged to see. Our guides are experts in the geology and the natural history of the area. Accept no substitute for the Hummer experience. The Hummer is known or its unmatched smooth performance in the open desert and offers more legroom and space for its passengers. Due to the popularity of our tours, early reservations are strongly recommended.
Elite Land Tours
Elite Land Tours offers “Discovery Through Exploration” with an unexpected twist – luxury! Knowledgeable, expert guides take you to breathtaking locations such as Joshua Tree National Park, the San Andreas Fault, and the Salton Sea, all while enjoying the air-conditioned comfort of the world’s best-in-class all-terrain HUMMER H2. With over 30 tours to choose from, let Elite Land Tours take you on a unique and memorable experience!
Festivals & Fairs
The Palm Springs International Film Festival
The Palm Springs International Film Festival presents more than 200 films from over 60 countries and hosts over 200 filmmaking guests for its program of screenings, seminars, tributes and special events. The annual Black Tie Awards Gala honors such stellar talents as Nicole Kidman, Liam Neeson, Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, John Travolta, Scarlett Johansson, Sean Connery and Susan Sarandon. Information: 760-778-8979.