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Top Things to Do in the Palm Springs Area for Adventure Seekers

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Top Things to Do in the Palm Springs Area for Adventure Seekers

The Palm Springs area is truly a desert paradise waiting to be explored. While renowned for its luxurious resorts and serene spa retreats, Palm Springs also offers an array of thrilling activities for the adventure seekers among us. If you’re ready to embark on an adrenaline-pumping journey, this blog is for you. As a Coachella Valley native, here are my top recommendations to experience in if you find yourself visiting the area.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Ascend 8,516 feet aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway—the world’s largest rotating tramcar. As you travel 10 miles in 10 minutes, marvel at the breathtaking panoramic views of the Coachella Valley below. Once at the mountain station, explore over 50 miles of hiking trails, ranging from leisurely walks to challenging hikes for the seasoned trekker.

Indian Canyons

Delve into the heart of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians’ ancestral land at the Indian Canyons. Hike through lush palm oases and experience stunning scenery and a connection to the region’s rich Native American history.

Red Jeep Tours by Desert Adventures

Embark on an off-road adventure with Red Jeep Tours, exploring the rugged terrain of the San Andreas Fault Zone. Knowledgeable guides will lead you through canyons and desert landscapes, sharing geological insights and tales of the region’s fascinating history. Hold on tight as you traverse the rugged trails and experience the thrill of off-road exploration.

Coachella Valley Preserve

Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Coachella Valley Preserve, home to the Thousand Palms Oasis. Hike through the unique desert ecosystem, spot rare wildlife, and marvel at the fan palms clustered around crystal-clear springs. The scenic trails provide an ideal setting for birdwatching and nature photography.

The Living Desert

For a more interactive adventure, head to The Living Desert, a remarkable zoo and botanical garden. Encounter desert-adapted wildlife, including giraffes, cheetahs, rhinos and so much more. Take a stroll through the botanical gardens showcasing diverse desert flora, and don’t miss the exhilarating wildlife shows and feedings.

Joshua Tree National Park

Just a short drive from Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park beckons with its otherworldly landscapes. From rock climbing and hiking to stargazing beneath a pristine desert sky, this park offers a plethora of activities for thrill-seekers. Explore the unique Joshua Tree formations and revel in the rugged beauty of the Mojave and Colorado deserts colliding.

Palm Springs isn’t just a haven for relaxation; it’s also a playground for those seeking adventure. Whether you’re soaring above the desert on the Aerial Tramway, hiking through ancient canyons, or off-roading in a red jeep, Palm Springs offers an array of heart-pounding activities against a stunning desert backdrop. So, pack your sense of adventure and get ready to explore the wild side of this desert oasis. Happy adventuring!

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Exploring the Coachella Valley Preserve

Nestled in the sun-kissed landscapes of Southern California in Thousand Palms near Palm Springs, lies a hidden gem waiting to be discovered—the Coachella Valley Preserve. This unique sanctuary offers a captivating blend of desert beauty, biodiversity, and a rich cultural history, making it a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and curious wanderers alike. It’s a great place for familiar and kids too!

About the Coachella Valley Preserve

The Coachella Valley Preserve spans over 20,000 acres of pristine wilderness, showcasing the stunning contrast between the vast desert terrain and the lush oasis that runs through it. Towering California fan palms provide shade and refuge for a diverse array of wildlife, creating a unique and rich ecosystem. The oasis in the Coachella Valley Preserve is primarily created by the because of the San Andreas Fault. This fault line extends for about 800 miles through California. The movement along the fault has led to the upward movement of underground water, creating natural springs. In the Thousand Palms Oasis within the preserve, the water emerging from these springs provides a lifeline to the California fan palms, creating a lush oasis in the midst of the dry desert landscape. The palms, in turn, provide shade and a more humid microclimate, attracting a variety of plant and animal species that have adapted to this unique environment.

Hiking Trails

Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll, an educational adventure for the kids to enjoy or a longer, more challenging hike, the Coachella Valley Preserve offers trails of all levels and experiences.

  1. McCallum Trail:
    • Difficulty: Moderate
    • Distance: Approximately 2.5 miles (round trip)
    • Highlights: Traverse through the heart of the Thousand Palms Oasis, getting up close and personal with the iconic California fan palms.
  2. Pushawalla Palms Trail:
    • Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
    • Distance: Approximately 4 miles (round trip)
    • Highlights: Enjoy a more challenging hike through diverse desert landscapes, culminating in a tranquil oasis surrounded by majestic palms.
  3. Moon Country Trail:
    • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
    • Distance: Approximately 1.5 miles (round trip)
    • Highlights: Take a leisurely stroll through the desert, soaking in expansive views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
  4. Hidden Palms Trail:
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Distance: Approximately 1 mile (round trip)
    • Highlights: Discover a secluded cluster of California fan palms in this easygoing and peaceful trail.
  5. Horseshoe Palms Trail:
    • Difficulty: Moderate
    • Distance: Approximately 3 miles (loop)
    • Highlights: Enjoy a varied landscape, including desert scenery, rocky canyons, and, of course, more of those signature palm trees in a horseshoe-shaped loop.

Remember to bring plenty of water, wear appropriate hiking gear, and, most importantly, take the time to enjoy the unique beauty and tranquility that each trail at the Coachella Valley Preserve has to offer!

Flora and Fauna

Beyond the mesmerizing palms, the Coachella Valley Preserve is home to a remarkable variety of plant and animal species. Native desert flora, including creosote bushes and wildflowers, paint the landscape with bursts of color, especially during the spring bloom. Keep a look out for small signs throughout that provide information on the native plants and animals that call the area home.

Cultural and Historical Significance

The preserve is not only a haven for nature enthusiasts but also a place of historical and cultural importance. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the indigenous people of the region, have a deep connection to the land. Petroglyphs and artifacts found in the area provide a glimpse into the ancient history of the Cahuilla people, adding a layer of cultural richness to the preserve.

The Coachella Valley Preserve in Thousand Palms, California, invites visitors to embark on a journey of discovery and appreciation for the beauty of the desert landscape. With its vibrant oasis, diverse wildlife, and rich cultural history, this preserve offers an enriching experience for those seeking a deeper connection with nature. Whether you’re an avid hiker, a nature enthusiast, or simply looking to get the family out of the house for a bit, the Coachella Valley Preserve is a true sanctuary waiting to be explored. Happy exploring!

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The Most Unique Places to Stay in Joshua Tree

Nestled in the Hi-Desert of Southern California, Joshua Tree has long been a haven for nature enthusiasts, stargazers, and those seeking a unique escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. If you’re planning a visit to this enchanting desert destination, why settle for ordinary accommodations when you can experience the magic of Joshua Tree in style? Here is a list of some of the most extraordinary and unique Airbnbs we know of that promise not just a place to stay, but an unforgettable desert adventure.

Pueblo Trail · Joshua Tree Living – Pool, Spa, Fire Pit, Views!

This property is newly remodeled home on a spacious full acre, just a 5-minute drive from town and 7 minutes from the park entrance. It features, unparalleled views, a hot tub, a new kitchen, bathrooms and complete privacy. Guests can also take advantage of the 8’x20′ above-ground container pool and the EV charger!

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Casa Demesne + Container Pool + 10 Min to Joshua Tree National Park + Fire pit

Casa Demesne offers a modern design retreat centrally in the Hi-Desert. The highlight of this property is the new Modpool, which is a heated pool and spa made from an upcycled shipping container!

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Serenity Dome House Oasis

Can you imagine staying in a geodesic dome house?! At this property, you can. You can also relax in one of their three trailers, adorned with art by local muralists – perfect for capturing that ideal Joshua Tree Instagram moment! Alternatively, unwind in the hammock tree, take a refreshing dip in the 8ft deep pool (which can be heated), or indulge in the hot tub under a dazzling night sky filled with stars.

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House of Sunshine – Step Back in Time to the 1970s

Enter a retro time capsule at the House of Sunshine, where the lively essence of the 1960s and 1970s is vividly revived. This psychedelic paradise, boasting 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, ensures an unforgettable retreat for you and your friends. The moment you step inside, you’ll be whisked away to an era characterized by peace, love, and positive vibes.

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The Pink Palm – Colorful Barbie Home

Step into The Pink Palm, a charming mid-century jewel constructed in 1959, where a whimsical pink brick exterior and entrance door warmly greet you. As you enter, a vibrant world unfolds with vivid colors, eye-catching wallpapers, and a neon sign boldly proclaiming, “That’s a lot of Pink!” set against a backdrop of pink velvet walls. The entryway features a cozy sectional lounge couch and an overhead lamp, forming an ideal space for relaxation, reading, and socializing.

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The Castle House Estate

The Caste House is the ultimate “flaming” experience and it was also featured on HGTV! This a unique medieval themed property is situated on 12 scenic acres, surrounded by expansive private undeveloped land, with a tiered hexagonal aqua blue cowboy pool, strategically placed on a breathtaking IPE wood deck.

Casita Panorama

Like pickle ball? Imagine staying in a property that includes its own private pickle ball courts with panoramic desert mountain and Joshua Tree views!

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Hicksville Trailer Palace

Embrace the epitome of hipster chic by opting for an Instagram-worthy trailer equipped with retro games and a petite pool, transporting you to a bygone era. This quaint motel offers an array of themed trailers, from the groovy 70s vibe of “The Sweet” to the extraterrestrial allure of “The Integratrailor.” The trailers’ cozy arrangement creates an authentic trailer park ambiance.

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AutoCamp Joshua Tree

AutoCamp is basically a camp of Airstream campers situated around a beautiful property just outside the entrance of Joshua Tree National Park.

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Discovering Idyllwild: Your Guide to the Best Stays

Nestled in the heart of the San Jacinto Mountains just an hour drive from Palm Springs, Idyllwild is a charming mountain town that offers a perfect retreat for nature lovers, art enthusiasts, and those seeking a peaceful getaway. Whether you’re planning a family vacation, a romantic escape, or a solo adventure, finding the right accommodation is key to ensuring a memorable experience. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the best places to book in Idyllwild Pine-Cove! Happy traveling!

Idyllwild Inn

For those seeking a touch of history and a central location in the heart of Idyllwild, the Idyllwild Inn is a noteworthy option. Dating back to the 1940s, this charming inn exudes rustic charm while providing modern amenities. Conveniently located near the town’s vibrant arts scene and eclectic shops, the Idyllwild Inn offers a range of accommodation options, from cozy cabins to comfortable motel-style rooms. Its well-maintained grounds, complete with towering pine trees, create a serene atmosphere for guests to unwind. Their pricing is also very affordable!

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Idyllcreek A-Frame

Nestled among the pine trees, this unique A-frame cabin offers a cozy and intimate escape for those looking to immerse themselves in the alpine atmosphere of Idyllwild. Characterized by its distinctive architecture and thoughtful design, the Idyllcreek A-Frame is equipped with modern amenities while maintaining a rustic charm. The wraparound deck provides a perfect spot for sipping hot cocoa or enjoying the crisp mountain air and a dip in the hot tub.

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Idyllcottage Historic 1924 Vacation Cabin

For those in search of a tranquil haven surrounded by nature’s beauty, the Idyllcottage Vacation Cabin stands out as an idyllic choice. This charming cabin is tucked away, offering relaxing retreat with a perfect blend of modern comfort and rustic charm. With its warm interiors, a crackling fireplace, and a fully equipped kitchen, Idyllcottage is designed to provide guests with a home-away-from-home experience. The cabin’s proximity to hiking trails and scenic viewpoints ensures that outdoor enthusiasts have easy access to the natural wonders of the San Jacinto Mountains. It’s also very pet-friendly!

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Haven Idyllwild: Luxury Mountain Cabin

For those seeking a luxurious mountain retreat with stunning vistas, Haven Idyllwild stands as an exemplary choice. This meticulously designed cabin not only boasts modern comforts but also offers panoramic views of the surrounding beauty that Idyllwild is renowned for. With a cedar hot tub, Haven Idyllwild ensures that guests can unwind in style. The combination of upscale amenities, including a fully equipped kitchen, spacious living areas, and a deck for al fresco dining, makes this cabin a haven for those who appreciate both comfort and the beauty of the outdoors.

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Idyllwild Bunkhouse

Embrace the casual and affordable comfort of the Idyllwild Bunkhouse, a welcoming retreat that captures the essence of Idyllwild’s charm. This budget-friendly accommodation is perfect for families, groups, or solo travelers seeking a communal experience without compromising on comfort. With a range of bunk-style accommodations, the Idyllwild Bunkhouse provides an affordable yet cozy setting for guests to enjoy the beauty of the San Jacinto Mountains. Its strategic location offers convenient access to town attractions and outdoor adventures, making it an ideal choice for those who appreciate an affordable and friendly environment amidst nature’s wonders. There’s also free breakfast delivered to your door step each morning!

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The Fireside Inn

If you’re in search of a retreat that combines cozy elegance with fireside warmth, look no further than The Fireside Inn. This inviting inn captures the essence of Idyllwild’s hospitality with its well-appointed rooms and a welcoming atmosphere. The Fireside Inn, adorned with rustic decor and nestled in the heart of the town, offers a perfect blend of comfort and convenience. Guests can relax by the crackling fire in the common areas, creating a homey ambiance that complements the mountain surroundings. Booking a stay at The Fireside Inn provides an opportunity to experience the warmth of personalized hospitality and the convenience of being close to the town’s attractions, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a blend of charm and comfort during their stay in Idyllwild.

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Mid-Century Modern Geodesic Dome Cabin

For a stay that seamlessly blends modern design with natural surroundings, consider the Mid-Century Modern Geodesic Dome Cabin, an architectural marvel. This unique cabin offers a distinctive lodging experience, featuring a geodesic dome design that harmonizes with the serene beauty of Idyllwild. The cabin’s mid-century modern aesthetic is complemented by panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, creating a tranquil retreat for those seeking a one-of-a-kind stay. With its thoughtful design and attention to detail, this cabin provides a cozy and stylish escape in the midst of nature.

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Idyllhaus – Mid-century A-frame Chalet

This distinctive chalet captures the essence of modern elegance within the serene landscape of Idyllwild. With its iconic A-frame architecture, the Idyllhaus stands as a testament to both comfort and style. The interior is thoughtfully designed, featuring contemporary furnishings that complement the rustic surroundings. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer breathtaking views of the surrounding pine forest, creating a seamless connection between the indoors and the natural beauty outdoors. Booking a stay at Idyllhaus ensures an experience that combines the best of mid-century aesthetics with the tranquility of Idyllwild, promising a stay that is both chic and nestled in the heart of nature.

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Whiskey Creek Cabin

Discover the perfect blend of rustic charm and modern comforts at Whiskey Creek Cabin. This cabin offers a serene retreat nestled amidst the towering trees of Idyllwild. With its rustic yet elegant interior, Whiskey Creek Cabin provides a cozy ambiance that invites relaxation. The cabin’s outdoor spaces, including a private deck or patio, offer an ideal spot to enjoy the crisp mountain air. Whether you’re unwinding by the fireplace or soaking in the natural beauty surrounding the cabin, Whiskey Creek Cabin provides a tranquil haven for those seeking a peaceful getaway.

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Embrace the tranquility of the mountains, the charm of the town, and the warmth of your chosen accommodation. Whichever stay you prefer, your time in Idyllwild is bound to be an unforgettable experience. Happy booking and happy travels!

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A Hidden Oasis: Hiking Murray Canyon to Seven Sisters Waterfall in Palm Springs, Ca

In the heart of Palm Springs lies a hidden gem waiting to be discovered—the trail from Murray Canyon to the Seven Sisters Waterfall. In this blog we’ll share and explore the route, what to expect on your journey and a few helpful tips and recommendations to keep in mind before starting on your trek. Happy hiking!

3.7 miles | Elevation gain 538 ft | Out & back | Rated Moderate

Address: Murray Canyon Trail, 2019 E Murray Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

Trail Overview:

The trail begins at the Indian Canyons Trading Post. Follow the signs guiding you towards Maynard Mine and Murray Canyon. Proceed south, crossing the dirt road over Andreas Canyon Creek. Once you’ve crossed, veer left immediately to stay on course toward Maynard Mine/Murray Canyon. Your journey unfolds along a road that winds through several picnic areas, shaded by beautiful arching palms. As you continue, you’ll eventually reach another trail sign and a map, marking the official trailhead for Murray and Maynard.

The path initially takes you through a desert landscape, along a dirt trail with not much shade but beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Eventually the trail leads you down into Murray Canyon, guiding you along a creek through a lush palm oasis.

At the 1.5-mile mark, a connecting trail veers off to the left, leading upward towards the Coffman Trail on the ridge to the east. Keep right and continue on towards the Seven Sisters Waterfall. The next stretch is a bit more steep and rocky.

By the time you reach 1.9 miles, you’ll reach a final turn in the canyon towards the south, revealing the hidden gem—Seven Sisters Falls. It’s a small, tucked away flowing waterfall offering a moment of serenity; the perfect reward for conquering the journey.

Know Before You Go

  1. Entry Fee: Be aware of any entry fees associated with your visit. Ensure you have the necessary funds for admission, and check if there are any discounts available. Admission fees are as follows: Adults $12, Seniors 62+ $7, Students (with student ID) $7, Children (6-12) $6, Military (with U.S. military ID) Free, and Equestrian $11.
  2. Plan Ahead: Plan your visit in advance, considering the time of year, weather, and the specific trails you want to explore. This ensures a more enjoyable and prepared adventure.
  3. Respect Cultural Sites: The Indian Canyons hold cultural significance for the Cahuilla people. Respect the sacred sites, artifacts, and any cultural markers you encounter. Avoid touching or disturbing these elements.
  4. Respect Wildlife: Indian Canyons is home to diverse wildlife. Observe animals from a distance, avoid feeding them, and respect their natural habitats. Binoculars can enhance your wildlife-watching experience.
  5. Hydration is Key: Southern California’s desert climate can be deceptively dry. Bring an ample supply of water to stay hydrated, especially if you’re planning an extended hike. It’s crucial to combat the arid conditions.
  6. Wear Appropriate Clothing: Dress in layers and wear comfortable, breathable clothing suitable for the desert environment. Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended for trails with varying terrains.
  7. Sun Protection: Shield yourself from the sun’s intensity by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Protecting your skin and eyes is crucial in the desert sun.
  8. Pack Snacks: Bring light snacks to keep your energy levels up during your exploration. Portable, non-perishable snacks are convenient for a quick refuel.
  9. Stay on Designated Trails: Stick to designated trails to protect the delicate desert ecosystem. Straying off the path can disturb plant life and contribute to erosion.
  10. Check Trail Conditions: Before your visit, check the current trail conditions, as they can vary based on weather and maintenance. Stay informed about any closures or restrictions to ensure a smooth and safe experience.

So, there you have it—Murray Canyon to Seven Sisters Waterfall It’s not just a hike; it’s like stumbling upon nature’s secret stash. Whether you’re a seasoned trekker or a newbie to the trail scene, this one’s bound to leave you with a smile as wide as the desert horizon. Until next time, happy trails!

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A Day Trip to Oak Glen, California

Nestled in the scenic beauty of the San Bernardino Mountains, Oak Glen, California, offers a cute and charming escape for nature enthusiasts and those seeking fall fun in California. Known for its picturesque orchards, crisp mountain air, and friendly atmosphere, Oak Glen makes for an ideal day trip destination. Join us as we explore the highlights we enjoyed during our short time in this quaint town and discover why it’s a hidden gem in Southern California.

Morning:

Begin your day with the crisp mountain air and the sweet scent of ripe apples at Snow Line Orchards. This family-owned orchard not only offers a variety of apple varieties but also provides a quintessential farm experience. Wander through the orchards, picking your own apples straight from the branches while enjoying the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Snow Line Orchards is known for its freshly baked mini apple cider donuts. Wait in line and watch them your eyes. You can also order other apple infused goods, fresh apple cider, hard cider and artisanal apple wines! The cozy ambiance and aroma of warm pastries set the stage for a perfect morning in Oak Glen.

Afternoon:

Next, make your way to Oak Tree Mountain. This recently revamped family-friendly park offers a plethora of entertainment options! Be sure to enjoy a delicious lunch from Apple Annies Bakery & Restaurant, where you can indulge in local favorites like their renowned chicken pot pie or chicken fried steak. Given the popularity, expect a wait for a table. Explore the park at a leisurely pace, discovering its various shops and attractions. From a petting zoo and playground to an exciting giant mountain tubing slide, there’s something for everyone. Don’t miss the chance to catch some live music throughout the park – grab a beverage from the Common Ground Public House and take a stroll, or perhaps give Axe throwing a try for a unique therapeutic experience!

Evening:

Cap off your day of adventure and exploration with a delightful dinner at Oak Glen Steakhouse and Saloon. Known for its rustic charm and hearty meals, this local gem promises a satisfying dining experience. Indulge in a mouthwatering steak or savor one of their other delectable menu offerings. The warm and inviting atmosphere of the saloon adds a touch of old-world charm to your evening. Whether you’re looking for a cozy spot for two or a place to gather with friends and family, Oak Glen Steakhouse and Saloon provides the ideal setting to reflect on the day’s escapades while enjoying a delicious meal in the heart of Oak Glen.

Other Activities to Enjoy:
Apple Picking

While we didn’t get a chance to full immerse ourselves in the Oak Glen apple picking experience, it is one of the top reasons people flock to the area during Autumn. If you’re looking for where to go, here are a few of the top farms/orchards to consider.

  1. Snow Line Orchards:
    • Address: 39400 Oak Glen Road, Yucaipa, CA 92399
    • Highlights: A family-friendly orchard with a variety of apples available for picking. They often have additional activities such as tractor rides and a country store.
  2. Riley’s at Los Rios Rancho:
    • Address: 39611 Oak Glen Road, Yucaipa, CA 92399
    • Highlights: Known for its historic charm, Riley’s offers a delightful apple picking experience. Explore their orchards, participate in cider pressing, and enjoy seasonal events.
  3. Stone Pantry Orchard:
    • Address: 11993 S. Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen, CA 92399
    • Highlights: A smaller orchard with a welcoming atmosphere, Stone Pantry Orchard offers a more intimate apple picking experience. Check their schedule for the availability of specific apple varieties.
  4. Willowbrook Apple Farm:
    • Address: 12099 S. Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen, CA 92399
    • Highlights: This family-owned farm provides a charming setting for apple picking. They often have educational programs and events for visitors of all ages.
  5. Parrish Pioneer Ranch:
    • Address: 38561 Oak Glen Road, Yucaipa, CA 92399
    • Highlights: A picturesque orchard with a focus on preserving the history of the area. Enjoy apple picking and explore the scenic surroundings.
  6. Riley’s Farm:
    • Address: 12261 S. Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen, CA 92399
    • Highlights: Riley’s Farm offers a unique historical experience along with apple picking. Explore colonial-themed activities, enjoy period-appropriate food, and immerse yourself in the farm’s charming atmosphere.
Trails

Oak Glen and its surrounding areas offer a variety of trails for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Here are some notable trails near Oak Glen, California:

  1. Oak Glen Preserve Trails:
    • Location: 39611 Oak Glen Road, Yucaipa, CA 92399
    • Highlights: The Oak Glen Preserve, managed by the Wildlands Conservancy, provides several scenic trails of varying difficulty levels. Explore the preserve’s diverse habitats, including oak woodlands and meadows.
  2. Yucaipa Regional Park Trails:
    • Location: 33900 Oak Glen Road, Yucaipa, CA 92399
    • Highlights: Yucaipa Regional Park offers multiple trails around its lake, providing a peaceful setting for walks and hikes. The trails vary in length, offering options for both casual strolls and more challenging hikes.
  3. Wildwood Canyon State Park:
    • Location: Oak Glen Road, Yucaipa, CA 92399
    • Highlights: Wildwood Canyon State Park features hiking trails with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The park is known for its diverse flora and fauna, making it a great spot for nature enthusiasts.
  4. Los Rios Rancho Trail:
    • Location: 39611 Oak Glen Road, Yucaipa, CA 92399
    • Highlights: This trail is part of the Los Rios Rancho property and offers a pleasant walk through the orchards and surrounding natural areas. It’s a family-friendly option with beautiful scenery.
  5. Cherry Creek Trail:
    • Location: Crafton Hills Open Space, Yucaipa, CA 92399
    • Highlights: The Cherry Creek Trail in Crafton Hills Open Space provides a more challenging hiking experience with steep sections and rewarding views of the surrounding landscapes.
Extend Your Trip

If you end up I a position like Jordan and I did, where you have a bit too much fun on your day trip, drink too much and need to get a hotel for the night, here are a few quick options to consider.

  1. Oak Tree Inn:
    • Location: 8458 Valley Boulevard, Cherry Valley, CA 92223
    • Highlights: The Oak Tree Inn offers convenient access to Oak Glen and features clean and comfortable rooms. It’s a straightforward choice for those looking for a well-priced accommodation option.
  2. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Beaumont – Oak Valley:
    • Location: 1864 Oak Valley Village Circle, Beaumont, CA 92223
    • Highlights: This modern hotel is a short drive from Oak Glen and provides amenities like a pool, fitness center, and complimentary breakfast, making it suitable for those seeking a more traditional hotel experience.
  3. Hampton Inn & Suites Banning-Beaumont:
    • Location: 6071 Joshua Palmer Way, Banning, CA 92220
    • Highlights: Located in nearby Banning, this Hampton Inn & Suites offers comfortable rooms, a pool, and a complimentary breakfast. It’s a convenient option for those exploring the Oak Glen area.
  4. Calimesa Inn:
    • Location: 1205 Calimesa Blvd, Calimesa, CA 92320
    • Highlights: Calimesa Inn in Yucaipa provides a convenient stay with comfortable rooms. Its location makes it a suitable choice for those looking to explore Oak Glen and the surrounding areas.

Whether you’re seeking adventure, family-friendly activities, or fall festivities, Oak Glen’s diverse range of options ensures there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this picturesque Southern California town. Happy traveling!

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Your Guide to Exploring Indian Canyons in Palm Springs

Nestled against the majestic San Jacinto Mountains in Southern California, lies sacred lands with a rich historyThe Indian Canyons in Palm Springs. Managed by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, these canyons are divided into three main hiking areas: Palm Canyon, Murray Canyon and Andreas Canyon. In this guide, we’ll explore some of the best hiking trails the region has to offer, other ways you can experience the area, and a few important “know before you go’s” to keep in mind before visiting.

Hiking Trails

Palm Canyon

Stretching for fifteen miles, Palm Canyon is home to one of the world’s largest fan palm oases. A moderately graded trail gently descends into the heart of the canyon, providing opportunities for picnics by the stream, exploration, invigorating hikes, or even leisurely horseback rides. For those seeking to delve deeper into the cultural richness of the area, a visit to the Trading Post is a must! Here, you can acquire hiking maps, enjoy refreshments, and explore a treasure trove of Indian art and artifacts including books, jewelry, pottery, baskets, weaving, and more.

  1. Palm Canyon Trail:
    • Distance: Varies (up to 15 miles round trip).
    • Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous.
    • Highlights: As one of the world’s largest fan palm oases, Palm Canyon boasts breathtaking scenery. The trail allows hikers to explore the diverse flora and fauna, with the opportunity to witness the iconic California Fan Palms up close.
  2. Victor Trail:
    • Distance: Approximately 1.5 miles round trip.
    • Difficulty: Moderate.
    • Highlights: Opt for the less-traveled Victor Trail for a secluded hiking experience. Panoramic views of the canyons and the surrounding desert make this trail a hidden gem.
  3. Palm Canyon/Victor Loop:
    • Distance: Approximately 7 miles loop.
    • Difficulty: Strenuous.
    • Highlights: Combine the scenic beauty of Palm Canyon with the quieter Victor Trail on this challenging loop. The journey offers a comprehensive exploration of the Indian Canyons.
  4. Fern Canyon Trail:
    • Distance: Approximately 2.5 miles round trip.
    • Difficulty: Moderate.
    • Highlights: Delve into the lush greenery of Fern Canyon, known for its fern-covered walls and shady ambiance. This trail adds a touch of enchantment to your Indian Canyons adventure.
  5. Indian Potrero Trail:
    • Distance: Approximately 5 miles round trip.
    • Difficulty: Moderate.
    • Highlights: Indian Potrero Trail offers a longer trek through diverse landscapes, showcasing the unique flora and geological features of the canyons.
  6. Hahn Buena Vista Trail:
    • Distance: Approximately 3 miles round trip.
    • Difficulty: Moderate.
    • Highlights: Hahn Buena Vista Trail provides panoramic vistas and a chance to appreciate the expansive desert scenery, making it a rewarding choice for hikers seeking stunning views.
  7. West Fork Trail:
    • Distance: Approximately 7 miles round trip.
    • Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous.
    • Highlights: West Fork Trail offers a more extended journey through varied terrain, with opportunities to appreciate the diverse plant life and geological formations.
  8. West Fork North Trail:
    • Distance: Approximately 4 miles round trip.
    • Difficulty: Moderate.
    • Highlights: West Fork North Trail provides a shorter but equally rewarding option, showcasing the beauty of the northern reaches of the Indian Canyons.
  9. Jo Pond Trail:
    • Distance: Approximately 1.5 miles round trip.
    • Difficulty: Easy.
    • Highlights: Jo Pond Trail offers a leisurely stroll around a picturesque pond, providing a peaceful and family-friendly hiking option.
  10. Vandeventer Trail:
    • Distance: Approximately 5 miles round trip.
    • Difficulty: Moderate.
    • Highlights: Vandeventer Trail takes hikers on a scenic journey with panoramic views, showcasing the vastness of the Indian Canyons.
  11. East Fork Trail:
    • Distance: Approximately 5 miles round trip.
    • Difficulty: Moderate.
    • Highlights: East Fork Trail offers a captivating hike through varied landscapes, providing a mix of desert flora and geological formations.
  12. Dry Wash Trail:
    • Distance: Approximately 4 miles round trip.
    • Difficulty: Moderate.
    • Highlights: The Dry Wash Trail offers a distinctive experience, winding through the dry washes of the canyons and providing a unique perspective of the surrounding desert landscape.
Andreas Canyon

Andreas Canyon oasis is home to vibrant green fan palms and over 150 plant types all within just a half-mile radius. A nice footpath takes you through the canyon, passing tall palms, interesting rocks, and the always-flowing Andreas Creek. You can still see old bedrock tools used for cooking centuries ago. This calm spot is great for taking photos, watching birds, or having a picnic at the trailside tables.

  1. Andreas Canyon Trail:
    • Distance: Approximately 1 mile loop.
    • Difficulty: Easy.
    • Highlights: The main loop trail in Andreas Canyon takes you through a scenic route featuring vibrant wildflowers, diverse plant life, and the iconic California Fan Palms. It’s an easy stroll suitable for all ages.
  2. Palm Canyon Trail Extension:
    • Distance: Approximately 2 miles round trip (including the extension).
    • Difficulty: Moderate.
    • Highlights: Extend your journey by connecting to the Palm Canyon Trail. This extension adds more distance and a slightly higher difficulty level, providing a deeper exploration of the canyon’s beauty.
  3. Andreas Creek Bed Trail:
    • Distance: Varies (depending on exploration).
    • Difficulty: Easy to moderate.
    • Highlights: Follow the creek bed for a unique perspective of Andreas Canyon. This trail allows for a more immersive experience as you navigate through the canyon’s geological features and lush vegetation.
  4. Maynard Mine Trail:
    • Distance: 6 miles roundtrip
    • Difficulty: Moderate.
    • Highlights: The Maynard Mine Trail offers a unique perspective, guiding you through the historic remnants of the Maynard Mine. Explore the geological features and learn about the area’s mining history on this moderately challenging trail.
Murray Canyon

Murray Canyon, just a bit south of Andreas Canyon, offers an easy to moderately challenging hikes. The trails, designed for both hikers and horseback riders, lead to picturesque recreation spots adorned with numerous palm trees. If you’re lucky, you might spot a Big Horn Sheep! It’s less visited than Palm Canyon or Andreas Canyon but offers its own secluded beauty.

  1. Murray Canyon Loop Trail:
    • Distance: 5 mile loop.
    • Difficulty: Moderate.
    • Highlights: The Murray Canyon Loop Trail weaves through the diverse landscapes of Murray Canyon, combining various trails to offer a comprehensive and rewarding hiking experience.
  2. Murray Canyon to Seven Sisters Trail:
    • Distance: approximately 4 miles, out & back
    • Difficulty: Moderate.
    • Highlights: The Seven Sisters Trail, with its interconnected pathways, takes you through captivating landscapes and offers opportunities to appreciate the beauty of nature within Murray Canyon.
  3. Coffman Trail:
    • Distance: 1 ¼ miles
    • Difficulty: Moderate.
    • Highlights: Coffman Trail adds diversity to your hike, leading you through varied terrains and allowing you to explore the scenic wonders of Murray Canyon.
  4. Alexander Trail:
    • Distance: 1¼ mile
    • Difficulty: Moderate.
    • Highlights: The Alexander Trail provides a pleasant trek through the canyon, offering a mix of natural beauty and a moderately challenging terrain.
  5. Alexander East Trail:
    • Distance: 1½ mile
    • Difficulty: Moderate.
    • Highlights: Alexander East Trail adds an eastern perspective to your exploration, guiding you through unique features and enhancing your overall Murray Canyon experience.

Different Ways to Experience the Canyons

Red Jeep Tours

Embark on a captivating adventure through the Indian Canyons with Red Jeep Tours. Traverse the rugged terrain of Palm Springs in a vibrant red Jeep, expertly guided by knowledgeable tour operators. From Andreas to Murray Canyon, let the vibrant red Jeep be your gateway to the wonders of this desert oasis, ensuring a memorable journey filled with awe-inspiring vistas and fascinating tales.

Biking & Hiking Tour

Discover the beauty of Palm Springs and Indian Canyons on a half-day tour from downtown Palm Springs, combining biking and hiking. This comprehensive experience includes a knowledgeable guide, bike rental, and snacks, making it effortlessly accessible to explore the stunning city and desert surroundings of southern California. Embark on a 10-mile (17-km) loop through Palm Springs to Indian Canyons, where you’ll then engage in a leisurely-paced hike within the canyon. Tailored for reasonably active individuals, this tour promises an immersive adventure through the captivating landscapes of Palm Springs and the Indian Canyons.

Smoke Tree Stables

Embark on a unique equestrian adventure with Smoke Tree Stables! This horseback exploration invites you to connect with the desert landscape in a way that only a guided ride through the Indian Canyons can offer. With experienced guides leading the way, riders can immerse themselves in the natural wonders and cultural significance of this sacred land. Smoke Tree Stables not only provides a memorable journey through the canyons but also an opportunity to experience the rich heritage and diverse ecosystems of the Indian Canyons in a manner that resonates with the spirit of the Old West.

Know Before You Go

  1. Entry Fee: Be aware of any entry fees associated with your visit. Ensure you have the necessary funds for admission, and check if there are any discounts available. Admission fees are as follows: Adults $12, Seniors 62+ $7, Students (with student ID) $7, Children (6-12) $6, Military (with U.S. military ID) Free, and Equestrian $11.
  2. Plan Ahead: Plan your visit in advance, considering the time of year, weather, and the specific trails you want to explore. This ensures a more enjoyable and prepared adventure.
  3. Respect Cultural Sites: The Indian Canyons hold cultural significance for the Cahuilla people. Respect the sacred sites, artifacts, and any cultural markers you encounter. Avoid touching or disturbing these elements.
  4. Respect Wildlife: Indian Canyons is home to diverse wildlife. Observe animals from a distance, avoid feeding them, and respect their natural habitats. Binoculars can enhance your wildlife-watching experience.
  5. Hydration is Key: Southern California’s desert climate can be deceptively dry. Bring an ample supply of water to stay hydrated, especially if you’re planning an extended hike. It’s crucial to combat the arid conditions.
  6. Wear Appropriate Clothing: Dress in layers and wear comfortable, breathable clothing suitable for the desert environment. Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended for trails with varying terrains.
  7. Sun Protection: Shield yourself from the sun’s intensity by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Protecting your skin and eyes is crucial in the desert sun.
  8. Pack Snacks: Bring light snacks to keep your energy levels up during your exploration. Portable, non-perishable snacks are convenient for a quick refuel.
  9. Stay on Designated Trails: Stick to designated trails to protect the delicate desert ecosystem. Straying off the path can disturb plant life and contribute to erosion.
  10. Check Trail Conditions: Before your visit, check the current trail conditions, as they can vary based on weather and maintenance. Stay informed about any closures or restrictions to ensure a smooth and safe experience.

As you embark on your journey through the Indian Canyons, you’ll discover not only the breathtaking natural beauty of the desert landscape but also the rich cultural tapestry woven by the indigenous people who have called this region home for centuries. Immerse yourself in the stories of Andreas Canyon, marvel at the palm oases, and find tranquility in the heart of nature. The Indian Canyons offer a unique and enriching experience that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. Happy exploring!

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Discovering Idyllwild: Hiking Suicide Rock via Deer Springs Trail

6.7 Miles – Out & Back – 1,866 ft. Elevation Gain

Address: http://Deer Spring Trail, Idyllwild-Pine Cove, CA 92549

Nestled in the breathtaking San Jacinto Mountains of Southern California, Idyllwild offers a haven for outdoor enthusiasts seeking adventure, tranquility, and stunning vistas. One of the most rewarding hikes in this quaint mountain town is Suicide Rock. Deer Springs Trail leading to Suicide Rock promises an unforgettable journey through alpine forests, rugged terrains, and panoramic views. Here’s a little about what you can expect when taking on this trek and a few know before you go tips.

The Trailhead: The adventure begins at the Deer Springs Trailhead, located within the San Jacinto State Park. Be sure to acquire a hiking permit from the Ranger Station in town before heading on your journey. From the Ranger Station, the trailhead is about 0.8 miles away. Before embarking on the hike, it’s also crucial to check weather conditions and trail updates to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. You’ll alway need to leave the pups at home for this oe unfortunately; the trail is not pet-friendly.

The Ascent: Deer Springs Trail wastes no time immersing hikers in the beauty of the San Jacinto Mountains; it immediately gets your heart rate up right off the bat. As the trail winds its way upward, it rewards hikers with several scenic overlooks. These vantage points provide an excellent opportunity to catch your breath while marveling at the expansive views of the surrounding valleys and peaks. The higher you ascend, the more the landscape unfolds, revealing the true majesty of the San Jacinto Mountains.

Summit Views: Reaching the summit of Suicide Rock is an achievement worth savoring. The panoramic views from this vantage point are nothing short of spectacular. The San Jacinto Valley, the Coachella Valley, and the distant Salton Sea come into view, providing a sense of accomplishment and a breathtaking reward for the challenging hike. Be prepared though, some days the fog will roll in and steal away your incredible views at the peak.

Hiking Tips:

  1. Acquire a permit at the San Jacinto Ranger Station prior to hiking.
  2. Ensure you are well-prepared with sufficient water, snacks, and appropriate hiking gear.
  3. Let someone know your hiking plans and expected return time.
  4. Check weather conditions before starting the hike and be prepared for changing weather at higher elevations.
  5. Stay on marked trails and be cautious during the rock scrambling sections.
  6. Follow Leave No Trace principles to preserve the natural beauty of the area.
  7. Leave your pups at home.

Lace up your boots, pack your sense of adventure, and embark on a hiking expedition that will leave you with lasting memories and a deep appreciation for the natural wonders that surround Suicide Rock. Happy hiking!

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Discovering Idyllwild: Hiking Tahquitz Peak via Devil’s Slide Trail

8.3 Miles – Out & Back – 2,309 ft. Elevation Gain

Address: Devils Slide Trail 3E05, Devils Slide Trail, Mountain Center, CA 92561

Nestled in the picturesque San Jacinto Mountains of Southern California, the town of Idyllwild-Pine Cove beckons with its pristine wilderness and stunning vistas. One of the most rewarding hikes in the area is the journey to Tahquitz Peak. You can actually see the mountain peak in a lot of areas throughout Idyllwild. Join us as we lace up our hiking boots and walk you through the ins and outs of this trail. Here is your guide to to hiking Tahquitz Peak via the Devil’s Slide Trail.

Getting There

Idyllwild is conveniently located within a few hours’ drive from major cities like Los Angeles and San Diego (and a quick and convenient hour drive from the Coachella Valley). To reach the trailhead for Tahquitz Peak, follow Highway 243 to Idyllwild. Once in town, continue on the same highway until you reach Humber Park, which serves as the starting point for the Devil’s Slide Trail.

The Devil’s Slide Trailhead

The Devil’s Slide Trailhead is a main hub for hikers in Idyllwild and leads out to other popular trails as well. It’s important to arrive early, as parking can fill up quickly on weekends. Permits are required for hiking in the San Jacinto Wilderness, so be sure to obtain one at the trailhead kiosk.

The Ascent

The hike begins with a steady climb along the well-maintained Devil’s Slide Trail. As you ascend through pine forests, the trail offers glimpses of the surrounding mountains and the charming town of Idyllwild below. The elevation gain can be challenging, but the stunning scenery and fresh mountain air make every step worth it.

Sylvan Meadows and Lunch Rock

After about 2.5 miles of hiking, you’ll reach Sylvan Meadows, a picturesque alpine meadow with a serene stream. This is a perfect spot to take a break, enjoy a picnic, or simply soak in the natural beauty. Nearby, Lunch Rock provides an ideal resting place with panoramic views of the San Jacinto Mountains.

The Final Push to Tahquitz Peak

As you continue along the trail, you’ll encounter some switchbacks and rockier terrain. Keep an eye out for trail markers to stay on course. The final stretch to Tahquitz Peak can be a bit challenging, but the the anticipation of what awaits at the summit serves as motivation to finish.

The Summit Experience

Tahquitz Peak’s summit, at an elevation of 8,846 feet, offers breathtaking 360-degree views of the surrounding landscapes. On a clear day, you can see the Salton Sea, the Coachella Valley, and even the distant San Gabriel Mountains. The summit is also home to the historic Tahquitz Peak Fire Lookout, a wooden structure built in 1937, which adds to the charm of the location.

Hiking Tips

  1. Weather Awareness: Be sure to check the weather forecast, and be prepared for temperature variations depending on the season. In the summer, temperates can range in the upper 80’s and in the winter you may experience a good amount of snow depending on the week.
  2. Hydration and Snacks: Carry enough water to stay hydrated, and pack energy-boosting snacks to keep you fueled throughout the hike.
  3. Proper Footwear: Sturdy hiking boots with good ankle support are essential for navigating rocky and uneven terrain.
  4. Leave No Trace: Follow Leave No Trace principles to preserve the natural beauty of the wilderness.

This trail is definitely not for beginning hikers and is a pretty good accent to reach the peak. The views from the top are incredible and oh so worth it. I’d highly recommend planning a little getaway to Idyllwild-Pine Cove and taking on Tahquitz Canyon via Devil’s Slide trail while you’re visiting. Happy hiking!

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11 Southern California Destinations to Visit this Fall

Southern California may not experience the changing of seasons quite like other regions, but we do still have a handful of hidden gems where you can find fall foliage AND a few of our own autumn traditions to look forward to each year as well! From hiking adventures to cozy mountain escapes, the diverse landscapes of Southern California actually offer a plethora of options for fall exploration. Below are just a few SoCal destinations we love to visit during Autumn each year.

1. Idyllwild

Idyllwild is small town in Riverside County in the heart of the San Jacinto Mountains. This magical little getaway destination is only about an hour from the Palm Springs area and yet at least 25 degrees cooler. And, the area boasts vibrant warm colors in November and is a winter wonderland come December! If you’re looking to get your fix of fall foliage, a cabin retreat to Idyllwild is the perfect escape.

2. Palm Springs

I may be biased living here but, the Palm Springs area really is an ideal location to visit during fall! Temperatures slowly drop from the rough triple digits of summer into perfect sunny and 75 weather during the day with wonderful chilly nights. One of the best fall activities to do around Palm Springs come mid-October is to hit the trails! The Coachella Valley is home over 100 different trails ranging from easy strolls to very hard and strenuous accents. From hiking up at the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to finding water down in a palm oasis at Indian Canyons to trekking through slot canyons at the Indio Hills Badlands or Ladder Canyon, there are endless hikes to explore during fall.

3. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Another great location for hiking and scenic adventuring is Anza-Borrego. While the desert may not boast traditional autumn foliage, the cooler temperatures and blooming cacti create a distinctive and beautiful atmosphere. I highly recommend hiking through the hidden slot canyon!

4. Joshua Tree

Located just outside of the Palm Springs area, in the Hi-Desert region lies Joshua Tree National Park. The ideal time to visit Joshua Tree is, yep you guessed it, fall! With the limited cell service and a chill, desert atmosphere, Joshua Tree is a great place to disconnect from day-to-day life for a bit. Glamping or staying in unique airbnbs are a very popular way to experience the area. We love to make day trips and drive through the park or sit by a nice bon fire while camping just outside of the park at the Joshua Tree Dry Lake bed (free dispersed camping). Bouldering and rocking climbing are also huge recreational activities to do come autumn here that we’d love to try some day! Entering the park costs $30 for a 7-day pass and camping spots inside are limited, either first come, first serve or reserved/booked 6 months in advance.

5. Ocotillo Wells

As I mentioned in the beginning, many Southern Californians have their own fall traditions and off-roading is definitely one of them. Come mid-October, as the weather cools off, we enter into what many like to call “riding season”. A great place to disconnect, hit the dirt trails and enjoy riding season is in Ocotilllo. The area is an unincorporated area within the San Diego County, 3 miles west of Imperial County line, near Borrego Springs. Many like to dry tent camp or bring RV’s or trailers out with generators.

6. Glamis

Glamis is another recreational area most begin visiting come fall for riding season. The area is renowned for its vast sand dunes, providing an exhilarating playground for off-road enthusiasts. Embrace the autumn air as you navigate the sandy terrain on dune buggies, ATVs, or dirt bikes. The contrast of golden sands against the blue sky creates a mesmerizing backdrop for adventure seekers. Fall evenings in Glamis also offer a spectacular display of stars against the desert sky. Camping enthusiasts can set up tents or RVs amidst the dunes, creating a cozy base for stargazing and sharing stories around a campfire.

7. Temecula

The vineyards of Temecula come alive with warm autumn hues, creating a picturesque backdrop for a leisurely day of wine tasting. Meander through the rows of grapevines at renowned wineries like Wilson Creek Winery, Thornton Winery, and South Coast Winery. The tasting rooms, often nestled in rustic settings, offer a cozy ambiance to sample a variety of reds, whites, and rosés. Fall in Temecula Wine Country is also synonymous with harvest season celebrations. Many wineries host special events, such as grape stomping parties, barrel tastings, and harvest-themed dinners. These festivities provide a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the winemaking process and engage with the local winemakers.

8. Oak Glen

Another great place to find fall foliage is in a little town in the San Bernardino Mountains called Oak Glen. At 4000-5000ft above sea level, the area experiences all four seasons. Oak Glen is most famous for its apple orchards where visitors can pick fresh apples starting in September. I also highly recommend waiting in line for the famous mini freshly baked apple cinnamon donuts at Snow Line Orchards. SO GOOD!

9. Julian

Known for its apple orchards and charming small-town feel, Julian is a quintessential fall destination. Spend a day picking apples, savoring fresh-baked pies, and exploring the historic streets lined with autumnal charm. There’s also a few nearby trails I’d recommend exploring as well!

10. Big Bear

Nestled in the San Bernardino Mountains, Big Bear Lake is another charming mountain town that transforms into a picturesque autumnal landscape during fall. Take a scenic hike, enjoy the vibrant colors reflected in the lake, and savor seasonal treats in the charming village.

11. Wrightwood

Our friends actually just bought a house in Wrightwood and we got to visit for the first time! It reminded me of a combination of Idyllwild and Big Bear. Tucked away in the San Gabriel Mountains, Wrightwood is another charming mountain retreat, with a cute small town vibe. This picturesque town, surrounded by pine forests, provides a delightful combination of crisp mountain air, vibrant foliage, and outdoor activities.

And these are just 11 of many destinations to visit in Southern California during fall! For more Autumn fun also consider visiting pretty much anywhere in San Diego, because the beach is always a good idea.

Happy fall y’all and as always, travel on my friends!