Get out into the wilderness
Stroll under native California Fan palm tree shade in the Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve, a part of the Coachella Valley Preserve. Located north of Palm Desert and at the foot of the Indio Hills, Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve is free to visit and leads visitors to the over 20,000 miles of hiking routes in the Coachella Valley. In the heart of Greater Palms Springs, the brand new Sensei Porcupine Creek will open on 1 November. Nestled into the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains, part of a nationally protected monument in the Coachella Valley, the retreat will be situated in an enviable position on the edge of over 200 miles of mountainous hiking routes running through rich Californian biodiversity.
Cool off in wondrous waterfalls
A region surrounded by mountainous ranges and historic twisted canyons, the surrounding desert regions are a haven for hikers and also home to spectacular waterfalls. These natural wonders offer respite from the heat and are the perfect spot for a relaxing mid-hike picnic. Tahquitz Falls is known as the most family-friendly hike and takes visitors around a two-mile trail to the 60-foot waterfall while the Seven Sisters Waterfall, named after its seven streams of water, is a secluded must-see spot in a four-mile uphill Indian Canyons trek.
Float in natural healing waters
Greater Palm Springs is a desert oasis with hot and cold mineral water sources. This access was one of the key draws to the settlement of the Native American Band of Cahuilla Indians. Used as a source of healing, the waters’ spiritual powers are still highly regarded today. One of the valley’s hot spots for springs is Desert Hot Springs, aptly named after its underground aquifers and healing waters. In the area, tourists can find resorts and spas such as The Spring Resort & Spa to experience the naturally hot and nutrient-rich water and The Good House for an intimate spa feel.
Relax with a day spa experience
Take a day out and experience the wellness of Greater Palm Springs first-hand at a day spa. Soak in flotation therapy pods, realign yourself with reflexology treatments, or get moving with fitness classes before laying out under the famous sunshine. In late 2022, the Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza will open giving visitors an insight into the tribe’s past and present and will be the site of a brand new 40,000-foot-spa in 2023. Situated at the waters which inspired the tribe’s name, The Spa at Sec-he will host a multi-therapy spa including 22 private baths full of ancient healing properties. The water is set to come directly from the 12,000-year-old underground Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring. Alongside the spring, there will be an array of therapies such as salt caves, hydrotherapy and cryotherapy. Also popular for day spa experiences are the Azure Palm Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa, Two Bunch Palms and the spa at Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage.