Coachella Valley Natural Preserve is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Thousand Palms, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from October until April.
Really easy, more like a leisure wall. Beautiful oasis with wooden built pathway, desert scape and then another oasis! Gorgeous! I recommend going right before golden hour (in winter around 3/4) to avoid the desert heat and watch as the golden rays completely transform the oasis and make it even more surreal. BRING WATER!
Day hike to kick off 2016 and we had a blast we hiked out to McCallum Oasis then out to Moon Country and back I highly recommend this hike for beginners it's very flat and easy hiking
Stunning scenery and worth it! We loved it and will definitely go back!
This place is an undiscovered gem. It is what we all would expect if in our dreams we stumbled on to a desert oasis. The docent was fantastic. We added the Moon Country Loop to our trip out to McCallum Pond. The trip to the pond is a 2 mile loop and adding the Moon Country Loop added another 3 miles making our trip about 5 miles. Go see it!
My two boys and I did this hike in 103 temp. Wanted to get a desert experience walking to the oasis. Enjoyed it very much. Its a very easy hike to the oasis.
Lovely easy hike through palm oasis. Brought breakfast to eat at pond while watching birds. Recommend.
A little paradise in Thousand Palms. If you're visiting the desert for the very first time and wanted to explore some hiking trails. This place is worth adding to your list. Its surprising to see many visitors from Canada of all places hiking there. First impression you'll discover instantly, this place is very friendly to hikers. There's enough benches, tables in shaded areas. They have restrooms and trashcans, and if you wanted to pickup souvenirs, there's a visitors center. Long time ago it was okay to pitch a tent and stay a couple days, not anymore. This place opens early at 6am, they have a gate at the entrance to the parking which closes at 8 pm. When you get here, the McCallum Pond Trail is a must see. When you get to the pond, you can't help feeling jumping in, it's only three feet deep. And the water is really clear, no fish. You'll see many people relaxing by the pond because of the benches along the perimeter. From the Visitors Center to McCallum Pond is around a mile distance, relatively flat easy hike on soft dirt. The kind of ground where your shoes sink in one to two inches deep. The Visitors Center and McCallum Pond are both covered with a forest of palm trees. When these palm trees grow in clusters, it creates the best shade. The hike from the Visitor Center to McCallum Pond 2/3 has no shade even though the landscape is covered with tall shrubs, you'll be baking in the Sun. Sunscreen and/or Hat a must if you don't want to use an umbrella. Bring enough water (April - August).
Note: There's no cost to park or hike. They do have a donation jar at the entrance. There's restrooms, benches and trashcans. No drinking fountains. Pets allowed on a leash.