California Deserts Visitor Information

Coachella Valley

Passionate golfers, tennis buffs, and sun seekers throng to the Coachella Valley, where plush resort playgrounds line up along the base of the stunning San Jacinto Mountains. Perhaps the best known is Palm Springs, but other havens for rest and relaxation include Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Rancho Mirage, and Indio.

When you’re not too busy with golf, tennis, or lazing by a sparkling pool – browse the elegant shops of Palm Desert and Palm Springs. At the Palm Springs Desert Museum, you’ll find Western paintings, Native American artifacts, and desert dioramas. Palm Desert’s Living Desert Wild Animal Park and Botanical Gardens offers native desert plants and wildlife. Get a splendid view of the valley on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, a 14-minute ride up 10,800-foot Mt. San Jacinto from the palms to the pines and cool mountain air.

For a closer look at desert life, take a walk into the Indian Canyons with a desert guide and naturalist. The oasis is the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians. Just minutes from downtown Palm Springs, this beautiful, cool forest of California fan palms is the largest natural desert oasis in the world with over 3,000 native palms. Learn about the life cycle of the palm, Indian life in the canyon and see desert wildlife. Guided walks and hikes vary from easy to strenuous and are available year round.

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Top Attractions in the Deserts Area

Havasu National Wildlife Refuge
Joshua Tree National Park
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Palm Desert
Palm Springs Aerial Tram
Wet ‘n’ Wild Palm Springs

Activities in the Deserts Area

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Camp-California is concerned about the health and safety of our campers and adventurers. While camping and outdoor activities do offer the ability to self-isolate, we are encouraging all California residents and travelers to shelter in place until further notice. We recognize that getting outdoors is what you do best, and we will be here to reacquaint you with nature once we're cleared for adventure again!


Most private parks are open with 14-day minimums. If you are a full-time RVer looking to shelter in place, a member of the traveling medical profession, or a utility worker looking for a park please call our office and we can connect you with an appropriate location.