Trails

THERE IS NO ACCESS AFTER HOURS. PLEASE PLAN YOUR VISIT TO BE GONE BY THE TIME THE GATE CLOSES.

The trails to Willis Palms, Pushawalla, Hidden Palms, Indian Palms and Horseshoe Palms can always be accessed via the trailheads on Thousand Palms Canyon Road and Ramon Road. These trails are accessible after hours.

TheParking Lot,  McCallum Trail, Moon Country and Herman’s Hike are closed after hours. PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AND WALK IN.

This is a day use area. No overnight camping. 

 

PLEASE STAY ON TRAILS.

Please don’t:

  • Light campfires or light up a cigarette.
  • Collect anything including rocks, flowers or plants.
  • Stray off marked trails … open desert hiking is not allowed.
  • Bring your mountain bike or any other vehicle, motorized or not.
  • Leave anything behind, including abandoned pets or geocaches.
  • Swim or wade in any of the ponds or creeks.
  • Walk up onto any of the sand dunes – the Vista Point/Moon Country trail skirts the sand dunes so try that trail instead.

Please do:

  • Enjoy a picnic on one or our picnic tables under the palms, at the Tamarisk Grove along McCallum/Moon Country Trail. There is also a picnic table at Pushawalla.
  • Hike on one of our many hiking trails.
  • Collect photographs of our scenery, plants and wildlife.
  • Visit our Visitors’ Center.
  • Enjoy an after-hours hike on Pushawalla, Hidden Palms, Indian Palms or Willis. 
  • Enjoy birdwatching.
  • Check out our geology and look for fault features of the San Andreas Fault.
  • Look for (but don’t touch) a variety of reptiles and mammals.

 

Donations

We rely on your donations to cover the costs of keeping up the Visitors’ Center, the bathrooms, the parking lot and 28 miles of trails. Your generosity helps to keep the Preserve open to the public.