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Inhabited for thousands of years by the Cahuilla tribe, Tahquitz Canyon remains part of the tribe's legacy and is now overseen by the tribe's Agua Caliente Band. Walk the 3.2 km (2 mi) hiking trail through the canyon to Tahquitz Falls. The falls collect in a shallow pool you can wade through. The water also feeds an oasis of palms and desert growth that lines the trail. If you hike to the falls, bring drinking water, sunscreen, and a towel to dry your feet after wading. Make Tahquitz Canyon a part of your Palm Springs vacation plans using our Palm Springs visit planner.
Tahquitz Canyon reviews
Easy hike with beautiful waterfall at halfway point of trail. Be sure to take a water bottle of your own because they otherwise will require you to buy one. Questionable policy for early March when...
Easy hike with beautiful waterfall at halfway point of trail. Be sure to take a water bottle of your own because they otherwise will require you to buy one. Questionable policy for early March when... more »
This is a fun hike to do that is fairly short and easy to do. I liked the free ranger guided tour, which runs every two hours starting at 10 am, where we learned about how the Native Americans used...
This is a fun hike to do that is fairly short and easy to do. I liked the free ranger guided tour, which runs every two hours starting at 10 am, where we learned about how the Native Americans used... more »
Tahquitz Canyon is part of the Aqua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation. It features a 2 mile round trip hike to a waterfall. We elected to do the guided tour (they’re offered every two...
Tahquitz Canyon is part of the Aqua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation. It features a 2 mile round trip hike to a waterfall. We elected to do the guided tour (they’re offered every two... more »
This hike was the highlight of our entire amazing weekend in Palm Springs! Located just minutes from our rental, we were shocked to find such a hidden gem back there. We went at 8am in January and the temperature was comfortable and shaded until the end of the hike. Lots of stone steps, but very stable and not a steep incline. At no point did I feel nervous or unsteady. Was thrilled the waterfall was flowing - what a beautiful site! We were in awe of the red rocks and vastness of the entire Canyon. Even as it got a little more crowded, it was so peaceful. We took our time and let it all sink in! We spent about two hours there, but could have done it in an hour if we wanted to. A little pricey at $15 each (compared to Joshua Tree being the same cost for the day) but completely worth every penny!
There’s beautiful views throughout the whole trail! Just watch out for the thorny bushes on your way back down. They also have a great selection of walking sticks they lend out for a smoother hike. It costs $15 to get onto the trail and you MUST bring a LITER of water or you will have to purchase it there for $2 per person (they will not let you get on the trail if you do not have enough water).
Very cool hike. We made it to the falls and back with a 9 year old and a 4year old without issue. It was busy but once we got on the trail we didn’t have to deal with too many people. The cost of entry was pretty high but the views were definitely worth the hike. The top half of the trail is a loop so you get a different experience walking down then you did up. Overall great experience except for the pricey cost of entry.
Super nice 1.9 miles. Check the map to ensure you walk through a different path on your way back. Bring a towel and a bathing suit to jump in the upper pool. The trail is in the sun almost the entire time. Put sun protection and a hat.
Wonderful walk along water with some beautiful views on path back. Lots of hummingbirds in the bushes along the trail. Stream has lots of rapids and was beautiful whole way up. According to local we met on trail, the day we were there the water was at highest volume he had seen in 10 years, so a treat. We had to cross the stream couple of times, first crossing was a nice stone bridge but crossing just below falls was stepping stones with lots of water passing through, so you would have to have decent balance to manage. We saw lots of older people, young kids doing trail but it certainly had it ups and downs and tallish rock steps, so while not an advanced trail also not suitable for anyone with balance issues or who can only do flat trails. Most people were walking whole time on trail and some places where trail is narrow and so hard to pass people but there are certainly some places just off trail to rest and enjoy, you could spend hours there or just walk in 1.0-1.5 hours. Mostly shaded in morning, lots more people on trail as it got later in the day, so the one way loop, the map and trail markers suggest is good way to go (up mostly on right side of stream and down mostly on other side of stream).
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