Indian Canyon

Indian Canyon showing landscape views and a gorge or canyon
Hike along ancient walking trails through palm-dotted canyons at this stunning recreational park.

First settled in by ancestors of the Agua Caliente Cahuilla Native Americans hundreds of years ago, who transformed the canyons into communities where they could thrive, Indian Canyons is now a recreational park. Made up of three distinct canyons, the park's popularity is down to its extensive hiking network and well-preserved historical sights.

Indian Canyons is made up of Palm Canyon, Andreas Canyon and Murray Canyon, each of which is very worthwhile visiting. They are too big to cover all three in one day, so chose between a visit to the largest, Palm Canyon, or combine Andreas and Murray. All three canyons offer trails for different hiking abilities, categorised as easy, moderate or strenuous.

On arrival at Indian Canyons, head to the Trading Post to pick up maps and supplies, and make sure you carry enough water to keep you going.

Covering a distance of 24 kilometres, Palm Canyon has plenty to see and do. Here, you will find the biggest Californian palm oasis in the world, crystal clear streams and dramatic waterfalls.

Another favourite is Andreas Canyon, where the time-limited can do a short 1.6-kilometre loop that goes passed impressively large rock formations and along which the views of the San Jacinto Mountains and the desert valley below are exceptional. You will also see a traditional Cahuilla Native American dwelling, as well as bedrock mortars and metates that were used in years passed to grind corn and beans.

Murray Canyon can also be seen even if you don't have a lot of time to spare. The wildlife here is a major attraction – look out for endangered Peninsular bighorn sheep, mule deer, mountain lions and the rare least bells vireo.

Horse riders should pay a visit to Smoke Tree Stables from which they can participate in guided trail rides, and the Indian Canyons Golf Resort is popular with golfers.

Located just a few minutes by car from downtown Palm Springs, Indian Canyons is open every day from October to June, as well as on weekends only from July to September. There are designated parking areas – roadside parking is strictly prohibited – and a small charge for admission.

Top 10 Hotels Near Indian Canyon

Palm Canyon Resort by Diamond Resorts
Palm Canyon Resort by Diamond Resorts
2.5 out of 5
2800 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 92264
The price is RM395 per night from 6 Oct to 7 Oct
Stay at this golf hotel in Palm Springs. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in their reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,007 reviews)
"I was pleasantly surprised after reading some negative reviews about this property. My room was clean, spacious and comfortable. The room decor was not outdated and in great condition. The kitchen and appliances were also clean and functioning properly. The pool and pool area were great! The pool ..."

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2022

The Saguaro Palm Springs
The Saguaro Palm Springs
4 out of 5
1800 E Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 92264
The price is RM529 per night from 9 Oct to 10 Oct
Stay at this 4-star spa resort in Palm Springs. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 hot tubs. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in their reviews. ...
3.6/5 Good! (1,000 reviews)
"Exceeded all expectations - beautiful hotel and amazing staff"

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2022

Vagabond Motor Hotel
Vagabond Motor Hotel
2 out of 5
1699 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA, 92264
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM522 per night from 11 Oct to 12 Oct
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Palm Springs. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a business centre. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,007 reviews)
"Love this place. Nice and quiet, great location. Confortable rooms. Been staying here for years with my family. Just wish they would bring back the breakfast."

Reviewed on 1 Oct 2022

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Top Indian Canyon Hotel Deals

Motel 6 Palm Springs, CA - East - Palm Canyon
Motel 6 Palm Springs, CA - East - Palm Canyon
2 out of 5
595 East Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA, 92264
Palm Canyon Resort by Diamond Resorts
Palm Canyon Resort by Diamond Resorts
2.5 out of 5
2800 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 92264
The Saguaro Palm Springs
The Saguaro Palm Springs
4 out of 5
1800 E Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 92264
Vagabond Motor Hotel
Vagabond Motor Hotel
2 out of 5
1699 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA, 92264
Motel 6 Palm Springs, CA - Downtown
Motel 6 Palm Springs, CA - Downtown
2 out of 5
660 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA, 92264
Sonder V Palm Springs
Sonder V Palm Springs
4 out of 5
333 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA, 92264
Caliente Tropics Hotel
Caliente Tropics Hotel
3.5 out of 5
411 E Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 92264
Ace Hotel and Swim Club
Ace Hotel and Swim Club
4 out of 5
701 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA, 92264
Travelodge by Wyndham Palm Springs
Travelodge by Wyndham Palm Springs
2 out of 5
1269 E Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 92264
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