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Hiking, Biking & Horseback

Open Air, Open Trails.

There’s never been a better time to reconnect with nature.

As of October 1, four of the region’s natural wonders — Joshua Tree National Park, Indian Canyons, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains and National Monument and Mecca Hills Wilderness — are welcoming hikers, bikers and riders. Please note that some facilities such as restrooms, ranger stations and visitors centers may still be closed. Please check with individual websites prior to your visit for a comprehensive look at which trails you can access, what facilities are available and what to expect from your experience.

Road Biking Trips

For an up-close-and-personal tour of the city, a Palm Desert road biking trip is just what you need. Not only is the city itself perfect for an easy, family-friendly ride, but you’ll also find plenty of longer tours along area highways and scenic routes that are perfect for the avid cyclist.

For details, contact Palm Desert Visitor Services. You can also view our Palm Desert Road Biking Map for listings on bike paths and routes throughout the city.

Mountain Biking, Hiking and Horseback Trails

Ready to start stepping, riding or pedaling your way along a Palm Desert trail? First, download the Palm Desert Hiking Map for a detailed look at the area’s best trails, including bike- and equestrian-friendly ones, or check out a few of our favorite trails:

Hopalong Cassidy Trail

Named for the infamous role of one the most well-known residents in Palm Desert’s history, Western actor William Boyd. Dedicated in 2004, this city-maintained trail features an easy climb or ride, plus plenty of picturesque spots to stop along the way.

Randall Henderson Trail

Offering explorers a moderate challenge, making it a great introduction to desert hiking. Mountain views, numerous opportunities to spot native wildlife and a variety of desert vegetation make this trail the perfect desert excursion.

Art Smith Trail

A more vigorous path offering your choice of shorter or longer hikes and rides among lush foliage and several palm oases. From here, head a bit further into the wild and take a trek in the beautiful Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.

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Palm Desert Visitor Services

Palm Desert Visitor Services continues to serve guests remotely while our facilities are closed to in-person visits due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you need advice or directions, our friendly and knowledgeable staff is available by phone, email or the chat function in the lower right hand of your screen to answer any questions you may have.

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed weekends and major holidays

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