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The D. V. Garstin Trail Hike

The D.V. Garstin Trail is situated not far from the famous Indian Canyon in Palm Springs. This challenging hike has provided us with both excitement and accomplishment. It’s far from an easy trek, particularly for novice hikers, and its seemingly innocent appearance can be deceiving.

The Beginning

Over the past few years, we’ve conquered the D.V. Garstin Trail several times. The initial stretch of the trail is unforgiving. It’s a continuous climb to the top, spanning approximately 1.5 miles. Along the way, you’ll spot beautiful homes, each more extravagant than the last. The trail features numerous switchbacks with sharp turns that demand your attention. Most of the time, you’ll find yourself scrambling over rocks and loose gravel without respite. The first hill or vista takes around 25 minutes to conquer. After that, the trail briefly levels out before transforming into a formidable climb. The incline becomes steeper and more imposing, standing before us like a giant. All we can do is hike one step at a time until we reach the summit. Midway up the hill, you can look back and admire the stunning views: the city in the distance, the Santa Rosa Mountain ahead, golf courses below in lush greenery, and the desert landscape surrounding us.

The key to conquering this hill is maintaining a steady pace, staying hydrated, and engaging in good conversation. As we hiked, we struck up a lively conversation that carried us through most of the trail, helping us conquer the climb. Our kids had no trouble keeping up; they always have fascinating conversations that make time fly by. Once we reached the second part of the climb, we looked back to see how far we had come. At this point, the summit is not too far ahead.

To the Top

The next section is relatively flat, and the endpoint is visible in the distance. The trail is well-designed but lengthy. After about 10 minutes of hiking, you’ll reach the largest pile of rocks you’ll encounter on this trail. Over the years, hikers, including locals, have gathered these rocks to create this pile, serving as a reminder that you’ve reached the top. Standing there, you’ll feel a sense of amazement at your success in conquering the hill against the odds. From this point, several trails branch out in different directions, including connections to the Frank Bogart Trail, Earl Henderson Trail, Clara Burgess Trail, and the Araby Trail. You can choose to return via one of these trails or take the same route back. After some relaxation time, it’s time to descend. Hikers reach this summit from all the connected trails. Once adequately rehydrated, we retraced our steps along the same trail.

The Descent

Descending has its own set of challenges. While it’s downhill all the way, one must be cautious with each step to avoid slips or falls on the loose gravel, dust, and sand that often cover the trail. Recent hurricanes and rainfall in the area have left some damage on most of the trails, so precautions are necessary to prevent injuries. Our kids were eager to race downhill, and we allowed them to do so, but we soon noticed that they had tumbled several times before reaching the bottom. I had been teasing them about having enough bandages to cover their cuts, but fortunately, I hadn’t needed to use them yet.

The descent took us almost half the time it took to ascend, navigating the switchbacks and navigating over rocks and loose gravel. Along the way, we encountered fellow hikers struggling to climb up; some rested around the first vista, while others valiantly ascended the second hill, appearing as miniature figures from our vantage point at the base of the hill. The hike offers no shade, so it’s essential to bring a hat and plenty of water. Luckily, we embarked on a cooler day, so our water needs were not excessive. Wildlife sightings are not common on this hike, but on one previous excursion, we were pleasantly surprised to spot a solitary bighorn sheep along the trail.

Oswit Canyon Hike: A Hidden Gem in Palm Springs

Oswit Canyon Hike is a delightful short trail that offers a moderate to easy trek, which most hikers can complete in under an hour. This 1.2-mile loop trail starts adjacent to the Canyon Heights neighborhood and serves as the south trailhead for the South Lykken Trail. The canyon itself is a spectacular natural wonder and serves as a habitat for endangered bighorn sheep, desert foxes, bobcats, mountain lions, migratory birds, raptors, and various other wildlife species. 

The Trail

The hike commences as a moderately flat trail, but as you progress towards the canyon, it gradually becomes slightly rugged and rocky. Negotiating these rocks is not challenging, making it accessible to hikers of varying skill levels. It’s important to note that the trail offers little to no shade, so the sun can be intense, especially during summer days. To fully appreciate the beauty of the canyon, we chose to embark on our hike on a late September evening around 6 pm, providing the perfect lighting conditions. The soft sunlight mingling with the emerging moon created a surreal ambiance, and the desert sunset painted the sky with shades of red. A gentle breeze helped alleviate some of the heat, although we were mindful of the possibility of encountering snakes (which, fortunately, we did not).

As we continued along the path, it meandered deeper into the mountain area, offering opportunities for our kids to engage with the rocks along the trail, climbing up and down with enthusiasm. Upon reaching the turning point, we continued our steps along the designated path. Some sections of the trail branched off towards the mountain, which we decided to save for another visit due to the fading daylight. We cautiously maneuvered through a few tricky areas with sandy and dusty surfaces, being careful not to slip on the unstable terrain.

The Landscape

The surrounding landscape was a captivating, rugged, and untouched wilderness. From our vantage point, we could observe the South Lykken Trail, which we had hiked the previous day, and the hikers descending from it appeared minuscule in the distance. The natural scenery was pristine, with beautiful cacti and other desert shrubs dominating the trail area. It’s worth noting that there is no respite from the sun on this trail, as there are no trees to provide shade. While we kept our eyes peeled for wildlife, we were not fortunate enough to spot any larger animals, though there were plenty of birds soaring overhead in search of food. We also came across some bats, grasshoppers, and dragonflies along the path.

Most hikers can complete this trail in less than 45 minutes, and some may even choose to run it due to its relatively easy nature. The hike exudes a calm and serene ambiance, making it accessible to a wide range of outdoor enthusiasts. Once you return to the main trail, you’ll find yourself alongside the South Lykken Trail. For those feeling adventurous, there’s also a small loop trail that takes about 5 minutes to complete.

Exploring the Oswit Canyon Hike is a memorable experience, and we owe our gratitude to the Oswit Foundation for their relentless efforts in preserving this magnificent untouched canyon. Their dedication has allowed us to enjoy this natural wonder and explore its beauty instead of seeing it succumb to development.

Venturing Along the South Lykken Trail

Our curiosity had always beckoned us to discover what lay on the South side of the South Lykken trail, and today was the day we decided to embark on this exploration. With a beautiful 80-degree day in Palm Springs, we made our way towards the Indian Canyon and parked our car at the trailhead.

The Start

As we set forth, the path initially appeared flat, dusty, and deceptively easy. However, we had no inkling of what lay beyond this seemingly mild start. After about 10 minutes of hiking, the trail began to incline significantly. The gradual ascent soon transformed into a steep climb, surrounded by imposing boulders beneath our feet. It felt almost like boulder scrambling as we navigated the first 30 minutes of the trail, which included numerous switchbacks. Looking down at the city below, it was a breathtaking sight. The surrounding landscape, adorned with dried shrubs gleaming in a golden hue, seemed to be kissed by the sun itself. As we ascended, sweat trickled from our foreheads into our eyes and occasionally found its way into our mouths. Our hearts worked diligently to keep us moving forward. While we remained vigilant for sunbathing snakes, we were fortunate not to encounter any. However, the rocky terrain demanded caution, as the accumulation of dust and sand on the path, combined with the limited foot traffic this early in the season, made the trail somewhat slippery.

Almost there

The second leg of the climb was more forgiving, with a flatter and wider path. The wind offered us some respite, clearing away our sweat and providing a refreshing breeze. This allowed us to relax and take in the splendid views of the city below and the encircling mountains.

We found ourselves approximately 600 feet above ground level. After completing all the switchbacks, we reached a vista point called Simonetta Kennett, offering a panoramic view of the city from afar. The distant mountains, shrouded in a hazy veil, gave the impression of being in an entirely different world.

Finally there

Upon soaking in the beauty of our surroundings, we made our way towards the picnic area, which marked the end of this segment of the hike. It had taken us about 45minutes to conquer the 1.65-mile ascent. From there, we continued walking for another 15 minutes until we reached the trail junction leading back to the road, which we had taken on a previous hike.

The final leg of our journey involved retracing our steps to the car, which took us approximately 30 minutes. One thing to note is that the descent was steep and could put a strain on the knees, especially considering the potentially slippery rocks. A fall could lead all the way to the bottom, so caution was paramount. Nonetheless, if you’re in good health, you should be able to navigate the descent reasonably quickly.

As we returned to the car with sweaty backs, we couldn’t help but relish the incredible 3.1 miles we had hiked that day, marking another successful adventure on the South Lykken Trail.

Hiking The Frank Bogart Trail

Nestled in the rugged beauty of Palm Springs, the Frank Bogart Trail offers a lesser-known adventure for those seeking a unique hiking experience. Named after the legendary two-time cowboy mayor of Palm Springs, this trail remains a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. Our serendipitous encounter with this trail occurred as we were en route to the Indian Canyons. Tucked away on Bogart Trail, just off Palm Canyon, this unassuming pathway beckoned us to explore its mysteries.

To access the trailhead, we turned onto Bogart Trail from Palm Canyon and ascended the steep downhill road. The small dirt parking lot, though modest in size, provided ample space due to the nearby road’s generous parking availability. Awaiting us was the promise of the Frank Bogart Trail, which was said to intersect with eight other trails: Alexander, Araby, Berns, Earl Henderson, Garstin, Goat, Clare Burgess, Shannon, and the Wild Horse Trail. However, our journey did not cross paths with all these trails, despite several branching options that piqued our curiosity.

It was a beautiful September morning, where the gentle breeze and the emerging sun combined to create a perfect ambiance for our hike. The kids were brimming with excitement, eagerly anticipating our adventure on the trail. As we embarked on our journey, the gradual incline of the path welcomed us. The landscape was a quintessential desert scene, with golden-brown terrain and scattered shrubs. Though not teeming with greenery, the arid beauty of the surroundings had a unique charm all its own. The trail, clearly marked and broad, guided us along a peaceful route that seemed less frequented than some of the more popular trails in the area.

After approximately 30 minutes of hiking, a brief rest rewarded us with sweeping views of South Palm Springs and the distant Indian Canyons. An unexpected delight awaited us as we observed the Canyons adorned with yellowing trees—a striking contrast against the palms. The sight was especially magical in December, a rare glimpse of autumn in the desert landscape. The verdant patch at the base of the majestic mountains stood as a unique tableau of Palm Springs’ beauty.

Continuing our hike, we followed the trail as it veered to the right, leading us toward the Santa Rosa Mountains. The day’s clear skies and warm sun added a touch of bliss to the journey. Throughout the approximately 2-hour hike, we encountered only one other couple, emphasizing the trail’s tranquility. The gradual incline gradually transitioned into a winding path, adding a sense of adventure to our ascent.

Halfway through our hike, an unexpected sight beckoned our attention—an odd Christmas tree adorned with ornaments. This whimsical gesture captured our imagination; someone had trekked to this remote spot to decorate a small evergreen tree. Pausing to appreciate the holiday spirit in an unlikely location, we documented this desert anomaly with photographs, a testament to the unexpected beauty that can be found in the most unlikely of places.

As we pressed onward and ascended nearly to the trail’s summit, another fork appeared, offering two divergent paths. Opting for the rightward trail led us towards the mountain’s peak. From this vantage point, we observed distant hikers on the opposite trail, capturing snapshots of their journey. Regrettably, time constraints prompted us to retrace our steps and descend. The journey back was as smooth as the ascent, and the trail’s generous width provided stability, even on the occasional loose patches of dirt beneath rocks. Throughout the hike, a few notices reminded us of the trail’s restriction against dogs, intended to protect the local bighorn sheep population, which, although unseen by us, lent an air of wild mystique to the environment.

The Frank Bogart Trail, a hidden treasure that intertwines nature’s grandeur with unexpected delights, left us both invigorated and curious. In this quiet corner of Palm Springs, serenity met whimsy, and our brief exploration merely scratched the surface of this captivating trail’s secrets.

Embarking on the Araby Trail Hike

The Araby Trail stand out one of the most renowned hikes in Palm Springs, California known for its unique blend of natural beauty from the Santa Rosa Mountains and the captivating views. Our journey on the trail marked the beginning of the hiking season for us. We chose this trail for our inaugural adventure, as the weather promised to be relatively cooler than usual. As a family we made the bold decision to tackle this hike, setting out at around 10 in the morning with the temperature hovering at a toasty 88 degrees.

The Araby trail

Upon our arrival, we noticed a few other hiking enthusiasts, some couples, eagerly waiting to hit the trail. Some had already started ahead of us, while a few opted to linger behind. We decided to maintain a steady pace, mainly because this was our first hike of the season, and we wanted to conserve our energy and not succumb to the sweltering heat.

Bob Hope’s House

As we ventured deeper into the mountainous terrain, the temperature seemed to rise incrementally. However, we were well-prepared with an ample water supply and enough energy to see the hike through. After trekking about a mile, nearing the legendary Bob Hope’s house, we encountered other hikers who had been waiting for us. They appeared quite fatigued, some catching their breath while others guzzled water as if they had been stranded in a desert for days. One hiker complimented my daughter on her mountain-conquering pace. She’s just 10 years old, brimming with boundless energy, and pays no heed to the scorching sun or steep inclines. When she sets her mind to something, she goes full throttle. We inquired if they intended to continue to the top, which was an additional 3/4 mile. One couple nodded in agreement while the other simply smiled in response.

Overlooking the city

Undeterred, we stuck to our steady pace, steadily ascending the trail. Oddly, we didn’t encounter any other hikers heading up to complete the trail. We did spot a lone couple descending the path, likely on their way back to their car.

Our legs were beginning to feel the strain, a combination of the relentless heat and the fact that we hadn’t hiked in over four months. Nevertheless, we soldiered on, step by step, until we reached the pinnacle of the Araby Trail. Exhausted yet elated, we took in the breathtaking view. A gentle breeze provided much-needed relief, cooling our overheated bodies and evaporating our sweat. I was absolutely drenched. We snapped a few pictures, sipped water, and savored some grapes.

Just made it

The ascent had taken us a total of 70 minutes, and we lingered at the summit for another 20 minutes before starting our descent. Going back was notably quicker, mainly downhill. Despite recent rain and flooding caused by Hurricane Hilary, the trail remained well-maintained. There were traces of dried mud along the path, remnants of the rain that had briefly covered our route. Fortunately, it posed no issue for us as we made our way back down at a record pace.

at the top of the trail

In total, the hike took us about 2 hours to cover 3.5 miles, and we went through two bottles of water for our group of four. As we reached the end, a sense of relief washed over us. We had successfully conquered our first hike of the season, despite the searing heat. And, to our delight, the kids hadn’t uttered a single complaint throughout the entire journey. In celebration of our accomplishment, we decided to treat them to a special treat.

Summer Bliss in Palm Springs: Embracing the Desert Heat

As summer arrives, there is no better place to soak up the sun and indulge in a luxurious escape than Palm Springs. Nestled in the heart of the Coachella Valley, this desert oasis beckons travelers with its alluring charm and captivating landscapes. While the summer heat might seem intimidating, Palm Springs offers an array of activities and experiences that will leave you with unforgettable memories.

Embracing the Desert Heat

The scorching summer temperatures in Palm Springs may be intense, but there’s an undeniable allure to the desert heat. Embrace the warmth and venture out to explore the stunning natural beauty that surrounds the city. Early mornings and evenings are perfect for hiking in the nearby Indian Canyons or the rugged Joshua Tree National Park. As the sun rises or sets over the arid landscape, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views that make the heat well worth it.

Indian Canyons

Poolside Retreats

One of the quintessential Palm Springs experiences is lounging by a pool and soaking up the sun. The city boasts a plethora of luxurious resorts and boutique hotels such as Arrive,Rowen and Hilton, each offering its own slice of paradise. Spend your days poolside, sipping on refreshing cocktails, and taking refreshing dips in the crystal-clear waters. Many resorts have misters and shaded cabanas to provide some relief from the heat, ensuring you stay cool and comfortable.

Indulge in Spa Treatments

Palm Springs is renowned for its world-class spas that offer a range of rejuvenating treatments. Pamper yourself with a soothing massage, hydrating facials, and other wellness therapies. The dry desert air can leave your skin in need of extra care, and the spa experience is a perfect way to rejuvenate both your body and mind.

Midday Escapes

During the peak heat of the day, it’s the ideal time to explore the city’s vibrant art scene and chic boutiques. The Palm Springs Art Museum is a must-visit, showcasing a diverse collection of modern and contemporary art. Stroll along the palm tree-lined streets of Downtown Palm Springs, where you’ll find an array of art galleries, unique shops, and trendy cafes.

Village fest

Gourmet Delights

Palm Springs is a culinary paradise, with an abundance of restaurants offering delectable dishes from around the world. From fine dining establishments to casual eateries, there’s something to tantalize every palate. Be sure to try some of the region’s signature dishes, like date shakes and California-style tacos, to truly immerse yourself in the local flavor.

Aerial Adventures

For a unique perspective of the desert landscape, consider taking a hot air balloon ride or a scenic helicopter tour. Soaring above the rugged terrain and iconic windmills provides a thrilling experience and a chance to witness the beauty of Palm Springs from the sky.

Evening Magic

As the sun sets, Palm Springs takes on a magical ambiance. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along Palm Canyon Drive, where the city’s retro charm comes alive with the neon lights of vintage signs. The cooler evenings are perfect for outdoor dining under the stars, enjoying live music, and engaging in the vibrant nightlife.

Festivals and Events

Throughout the summer, Palm Springs hosts a variety of festivals and events that cater to different interests. From music and film festivals to food and wine events, there’s always something happening to keep visitors entertained.

Escape to Palm Springs

Whether you seek relaxation, adventure, or a mix of both, Palm Springs has it all. Embrace the desert heat and let Palm Springs be your summer sanctuary. From picturesque landscapes to luxurious retreats, this captivating destination promises an unforgettable summer experience. So pack your shades and sunscreen, and embark on a summer adventure like no other in Palm Springs.

The Angel Numbers of Palm Springs

About 10 years ago my husband began seeing 11:11 everywhere. At first, we tossed it off to a mere coincidence, but after a few months went by we began to take notice and started to wonder if there was more to 11:11. To our surprise, there were a lot of people, like my husband who was seeing 11:11, and there were as many theories to the meaning of this strange influx of people seeing numbers.

Indian Canyons – Palm Springs, California

After reading what seems like hundreds of articles and watching even more YouTube channels on the meaning we settled on the idea that 11:11 was a way of the angels communicating with us. After that, it seemed 11:11 had more meaning to us, every time my husband saw it we took it as a message from the angels, although it was not really easy to understand what they were trying to say after all their language was extremely limited.

For years my husband and I were nomads, wandering around the country a young couple in love. Soon though we found ourselves new parents and quickly understood we needed to settle down, but where. Curious my husband began asking the angels where we should go live, he asked because he was the one seeing the numbers still. We took jobs in various cities trying to figure out where to settle down out, strangely we only saw 11:11 when we were leaving the cities not when we were arriving. Almost a year had passed and we had not yet decided where we should settle down. Suddenly a job offer came in for Palm Springs California, something about going to California just seemed right so we decided to head there next. That was when my husband began seeing other angel numbers like 10:10 or 23:23, each time taking it as positive energy from the angels that heading to Palms Springs was the right thing to do.

Shortly after arriving in Palm Springs my husband began seeing more numbers, such as 333, 444, 666, 777, 888, and 555, not just on the clock but all over the place, like on buildings, addresses, and phone numbers. Also repeating numbers such as 1212, 1717, 1313, 1515, 2121, 3030, and 2222. Curious we began taking long walks through Palm Springs only to discover that all over the city has angel numbers. Which we should have guessed when we drove in on their main road Highway 111. Now if anyone knows anything about Palm Springs they know that it has a certain mystic about it, a magic that draws people to it. That’s probably why old Hollywood was so eager to make this home.

On almost any street in Palm Springs, you are guaranteed to find angel numbers almost jumping out at you. We have counted 6 buildings that address is 333, including the high school and the same goes for other repeating numbers such as 444, 555, 777, 888, 1111. On our block, we have a 2929 and 2121. I have lived all over the country and visited hundreds of cities and have never seen a city that has repeating numbers aka angel numbers. We have tried many times to find out if there was any reason that Palm Springs decided to use so repeating numbers for addressed or use the same number for so many different properties, no one was able to give us an answer.

After many long walks just to see the numbers we began to spend time with the numbers, which is very easy to do in the pristine and superbly quiet neighborhoods here. As we began spending more time just absorbing each angel number, taking in the magic of the number and of this great city we began to see a huge change in our lives, we just seemed luckier. Now, whenever we feel like we need a boost to our moods we simply go for a walk and find numbers, seeing if we can find numbers we have not found before.

Each time we do it’s like we are blessed by the angels. I now believe that Palm Springs is a city blessed by the angels.

So if you ever need a little extra luck or happiness in your life, you could try to head down to Palm Springs and spend some time with the angel numbers.

Conspiracy of Secrecy in Palm Springs

Numerology. To Occult scholars, it’s a hidden significance in regards to numerical patterns, similar to Astronomy or Divination. Just what the patterns indicate depends on the numbers themselves. Some patterns are meant to harness positive energy, others are meant to harm or curse. Whatever the meaning, it’s clear that there is a meaning behind it.palm-springs

Secret Societies have been a part of America’s history since the time of the founding fathers. George Washington and James Monroe both belonged to the Order of the Freemasons and Benjamin Franklin had several associations, including Sir Francis Dashwood~Founder of the Hellfire Club.

It’s common knowledge that these clandestine societies employ the use of various magical practices in their disciplines and numerology, with its history dating back to the time of Pythagoras, is used almost for its symbolism alone.

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In the ‘Village’ of Palm Springs, many houses have repeat numbers with triple digits, such as 111 and 777, and most of the patterns appear many times forming triangles in the city. These codes have been adopted seemingly randomly by the city, and one cannot help but notice a factor of strangeness within it all.1111

Human beings have always been obsessed with the number 3. In the Occult it’s represented geometrically in the triangle and is considered sacred, an example would be the biblical Holy Trinity.111

The Mystical Practice of Tarot card reading also places a heavy influence on the presence of the number three. For instance, there are three ‘Master Numbers’: 11, 22, and 33.

777 numbers in palm springsWhen one observes the placement of the numbers around the ‘Village‘, which appears before a famous tennis club (555 on each side of the street), on ‘The Hill’, where rock legend Elvis Presley had his favorite house (777 on each side), the local high school (333 in the front), and the elementary school (again 777), one has to wonder the significance of this. Even the main street, the 111, wraps around the city.333

A closer look at the history of Palm Springs could possibly reveal an answer.555

At the turn of the century, the city became home to the posh and glamorous lifestyles of the rich and famous because of its excellent climate. With the prevalence of movie stars and the opening of several hotels and nightclubs, the bohemian sexual indulgences already apparent in Hollywood interacted with the resort culture of Palm Springs. It’s possible that residences were numbered a certain way to signify where taboo practices were, and were not, acceptable.444

Since the 1940s, mob figures, like Ray Ryan who was killed there in 1977, considered the city their stomping ground. It would make sense if an elaborate numerical system was in place to throw off authorities to any and all illegal activities. Whatever the reason, it has most modern residents puzzled.222

There may be other reasons as well, reasons connected to the indigenous tribes of the area that date back 3,000 years. The Agua Caliente tribe’s first encounters with the incoming settlers were anything but pleasant. Many tribal children were actually forced to give up their language and customs and the tribe unwittingly had a good portion of their lands stolen from them by the 1860s. Considering any Native American tribe’s penchant for retribution whenever they felt slighted by an enemy, it’s possible that a tribal elder cursed the whole of the lands that were then-owned by the settlers. The triple digits would then reveal the parts of the city not considered soured.888

Maybe the answer is religious in nature, considering that the number 777 has its significance rooted in both the Torah and the Kabbalah. Yet, it’s also thought of as a number related to the New World Order and a number of other Occult groups. It’s interesting to note that the black Magician Aleister Crowley was particularly interested in the number, having published a book titled Liber 777 that was based upon mnemonics and factors for religion for use in Magick.mis

The number 111 is considered a very powerful number as it combines the first number 1 with the potent number 11. It’s also a solar number according to the Cabal and the Tarot.

locations of the major numbers

locations of major numbers

With limitless possibilities, a conspiracy of secrecy is worth taking note. Yet, to find what exactly is being hidden, one might be inclined to take a visit to Palm Springs and all other similar historical places. Then comes the question that if something is indeed hidden there, are any of the Government agencies even aware of it? Only one way to find out.

Story credit- Christina .P & Devlin Westbrook

An Oasis of Fear: A Slightly Spooky History of Palm Springs

With the onset of Halloween, one can find something bloodcurdling just about anywhere. Still, some places in the world need more convincing than others when it comes to perpetuating any sort of haunted history. When inclined, the average person probably views Palm Springs, California, as an oasis for the wealthy and privileged and with it’s vivacious and lush landscape, who could blame them? Since the early 1900s, the rich and famous have made the virtual paradise their stomping ground. But, if anyone takes a closer look at Palm Spring’s history, they’ll indeed get more than enough of a taste of the strange and macabre.

Palm SpringsThe first known inhabitants of the area were an indigenous Indian tribe known as the Agua Caliente. Existing in the area peacefully for over 3,000 years, there’s a legend regarding a certain shaman whose name was Tahquitz. Originally believed to be benevolent in nature, the shaman’s character would shift to become a mischievous miscreant. As a result of his prankish and hurtful misdeeds, the shaman found himself banished from the tribe. Reeling from a sense of betrayal, Tahquitz cursed not only the Agua Caliente, but also the whole of the land they inhabited. Eventually, the tribe would slay the shaman and burn his remains, leading to a nearby canyon being named in his honor. Nevertheless, one feasible question remains; whatever became of the curse of the shaman, and it still relevant today?

Abundant water

Tahquitz Canyon

Fast forward a few hundred years and the area had new residents, namely white settlers coming in from the East. Looking for an area with clean, dry air, many of the first settlers had family members who suffered from tuberculosis. Once word got out as to how idyllic the landscape was, it wasn’t long before the area turned into the pragmatic utopia it is so recognized as today. As the popularity of Palm Springs grew, it became an almost exclusive residence for the higher echelon of society. As with all higher ups, the need for secrecy was an absolute must. There are several rumors abounding in regards to Occult activity. In the area and judging by numerical codes all over the city, ranging from numbers steeped in numerology such as 111 or 777, one had to wonder about the meaning behind their placements.

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As far as a modern statistic of Palm Springs that should generally raise a few eyebrows. Over the past 120 years, a total of 141 corpses have defied identification in Riverside County alone. 55 of those bodies are cold cases.

The lady in red, credit Coachella valley weekly

The lady in red (credit Coachella valley weekly)

One of the most notorious homicides in Palm Springs revolves around the triple slaying of Ed and Sophia Friendly plus their cook, Frances Williams, on October 12, 1978. All three were shot point blank by an unknown intruder.  While there were two main suspects in the case, until this day no one has been brought to justice.indian canyons

There’s also a plethora of sites claiming to be haunted there as well. The Korakia Pensione is supposedly haunted by the wife of a former owner, while a shadowy apparition appears at the La Quinta Resort and Club.palm springs

In conclusion, I feel that if enough sordid events takes place anywhere, it can leave an almost supernatural stain on the aforementioned scope of a surface. And while an area can give the impression of beatitude and gratification, if one simply digs beneath the barriers of the superficial, surely there are skeletons to every closet. Perhaps if one is inclined to visit Palm Springs anytime soon, the motive to see the dreadful and disturbing will outweigh the others.

Palm Springs: Always Leaving You Craving for More

I recently had the unique opportunity to interview Ron Oden in the coffee shop at the new and hip ARRIVE Boutique Hotel. Ron Olden has lived in Palm Springs for over 25 years and served as the first openly gay, African-American mayor of Palm Springs (2003 – 2007) and in the US. This spirited man, with a voice that commands attention, gave us a snapshot into what makes this city one of the most popular and most famous resort communities in the world, welcoming thousands of visitors and snowbirds every year.


Ron Olden and his sister Kerry Bryant

Ron began by explaining to me that “people first came to Palm Springs due to the clean, warm and dry desert air that provides those with respiratory illnesses a break from congested and industrialized cities. Soon those people learned of the healing waters that sit in wells and aquifers under the city, which further enhanced the idea of building the famous boutique hotels and spas that Palm Springs has become so famous for. There are more boutique-style hotel rooms and luxury B&Bs in Palm Springs than in the rest of the Coachella Valley cities.”

The Most Photographed Pool In America - Palm Springs Tennis Club

The Most Photographed Pool In America – Palm Springs Tennis Club

“The city soon became the secret hideaway for the rich and famous, from actors to politicians, who found solace in this desert oasis. Palm Springs is close enough to Hollywood for actors to have the opportunity to live here and not break their contracts, many of which stated they had to live less than 100 miles from the studios. They also had an escape from the paparazzi, who are still frowned upon here.”

Edited in Lumia Selfie

Having fun at a reception

Ron went on to say that “they felt safe riding their bikes around town, or walking freely down the city’s Strip, shopping in stores that catered to their needs. Boutique-style shopping became so famous that people actually bragged about having been here.”

Casa Cody, Historic Inn

The historic Casa Cody Inn

It’s a fact that Palm Springs was the secret hideout for gay Hollywood, a place where they were free to love whomever they wished without judgement. Hollywood stars, such as Rock Hudson, Liberache, George Nader, Cary Grant, Montgomery Clift, Tab Hunter, Greta Garbo, and Marlene Dietrich, all flocked to the desert to love one or many, making Palm Springs well-known for its parties and for creating a community open to alternative lifestyles. “The city is still an open community, where people are accepted for who they are, not for who they love,” Ron said. “One person told me that ‘Palm Springs is a place where you feel not just safe for being gay but normal as well.’”

agua caliente casino palm springs

agua caliente casino palm springs

As the former mayor continued to talk about the city’s past, he reflected on what life was like in Palm Springs when he first arrived. “Every block was filled with homes owned by the rich and famous. They were treated like every-day people in the city. They were free to live life without any limitations they normally had; locals greeted them, waved, and smiled at them, and they didn’t treat them any differently due to their status. Here they were allowed to be normal people, even past presidents roamed around freely.”

Andalusian court

Andalusian Court boutique hotel

Though many of Tinseltown’s icons from the silver screen have long passed away, Ron said it has made for an exciting real estate market. “People are arriving in droves to buy one of the hundreds of condos or homes that once belonged to someone famous. Next to Beverly Hills, I’m not sure if there’s a more condensed area of homes formerly owned by a prominent person.”

Famous Historic Inn

Famous Willows Inn boutique hotel

Of course, Hollywood’s influence wasn’t all that positive. “This was a rich and powerful group of people, and they weren’t fond of anyone that didn’t belong to their tribe, so to speak. This created a problem for the native Indians of the area who were forced out of their homes and businesses to create room for the new residents. It became a long and strenuous battle for the Agua Caliente Indians who went all the way to the Supreme Court, ultimately leading to a land act so powerful and famous, known as Section 14, that it now has a place in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. The influence of the Agua Caliente Indians is still present in Palm Springs today, with many of them owning nearly half of the land and giving them one of the only Native-American-owned casinos (Agua Caliente Spa Casino) in the middle of a city.”

San Guillano

San Giuliano boutique hotel

Due to the hot, dry climate, swimming pools became a necessary luxury for every home and hotel in the Coachella Valley. “Palm Springs is famous for it pools, and hotels take great pride in making theirs a center piece of the property, with cabanas, luxury poolside chairs, fire pits, bars, and restaurants with full service to the pool. They’re often salt water pools (a safe alternative to chlorine pools) that are heated in the winter and cooled in the summer, with hot tubs big enough for the whole bridal party. Most of the hotel pools are free for all to enjoy if you’re eating or drinking at the hotel, unlike most hotel pools that are for guests only. There are even pool-party weekends. A bus takes party-goers from one pool party to the next, with live bands, drink and food specials.”

On Thursdays and Fridays, a free bus, called the Buzz, runs every 15 minutes and stops at or near most of the hotels in Palm Springs. Pools are so common here that wearing your swimsuit around town is common, and you’ll never be asked to leave a restaurant for wearing flip flops.

Amin Casa

Amin Casa boutique hotel

The entire Coachella Valley has also become a mecca for the finer things in life, including food, and you can find cuisine to suit any palate and price range. “Eating out is a way of life for locals, but health is just as important. Almost all the restaurants here accommodate all different dietary needs, from dairy-free to gluten-free. The city has one of the first vegan restaurants in the country called Native Foods, which helped create the vegan food craze all over the country.”


Le Vallauris, Elegant French-Mediterranean restaurant

Ron also reminded me that “Palm Springs and the entire valley boast some of the best golf courses in the country. Rafe Botts, the second African-American golfer to play professionally for the PGA, said that Palm Springs is famous as the premier place for golf on the West Coast, with literally hundreds of golf courses that range in price and views. However, it’s just as well-known for tennis, with private and public courts everywhere, begging even the most novice player to take a swing or two. If that’s not for you, bicycles are everywhere. Most hotels offer free bikes to their guests to use and with little car traffic, it’s a fun and safe way to get in shape and view the beautiful homes at the same time. Also, don’t forget Palm Springs sits against a beautiful mountain range, with some peaks as high as 10,000 feet, with hiking trails for all fitness levels.”

He went on to say that “if you go from the lowest point of Palm Springs to the top of Mount San Jacinto, you actually get to experience 12 different ecosystems. Plus, with some of the most unforgettable views of the valley—hiking is a must for all visitors. If you’re up for a little adventure, a night hike is ideal. No matter what time of the year, people love to don headlamps and hike the mountains.”

The Spenser

Spencer’s: a famous restaurant designed by Roy Wilson, the first African-American architect west of the Mississippi.

Since locals and visitors alike love the outdoors here, exploring the city’s palm-lined streets leads from one architectural treasure to the next. “There are more mid-century homes in Palm Springs as well as some of the most famous private and public art collections than anywhere else in the world, making the city a must-see for anyone who loves art and design.”

Famous Engleside Inn

The famous Ingleside Inn boutqiue hotel

The former mayor and I ended our conversation talking about the future of Palm Springs. He believes that the future is bright for this small resort city. “It’s healing, it’s surreal, it’s calming, and it welcomes all to experience its magic. Plus, it’s the only place where you can sit by the pool sipping a martini in your bikini while looking at snow-capped mountain in January.”

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Rev. Susan Stafford and Ron Olden leading a procession for a garden wedding

The House that Lost Track of Time in Palm Springs

Imagine you accidentally find one of the best kept secrets, but you know its too good not to share. The other day, my husband and I came across  an open house in the Twin Palms neighborhood of Palm Springs. Once we walked up to the front door, we knew this was no regular house. This was a house that has stood still for nearly five decades.house

This house is more like a museum than someone’s residence. It’s a classic example of mid-century modernism that Palm Springs is so famous for. According to the real estate agent, the 3,300-square foot home was built in 1969, with minute details of the décor continuing to reflect that era. Everything in the house is original, from the carpet, to the furniture, pool, beds, televisions, radio, textured fuzzy wallpaper, glass door knobs, chandeliers, bathroom fixtures, even the bed spreads. As you walk through the house, you feel as if you’ve actually traveled back in time. It’s a must-see for anyone who’s a fan of the sixties or the Palm Springs lifestyle. If you’ve been thinking of taking a trip to Palm Springs any time in the near future, you must make an appointment to tour this house before its gone.

The Living Room, or as I like to call it the Great Green Room

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A large, round room boasts a subtle yet bright green with two sofas to match the shape, size, and color of the whole room. Floor-to-ceiling drapes hang graciously from the 15-foot-high windows, allowing the room to feel intimate and private. You also have a view of the entire pool area, including breathtaking panorama of the mountain range that’s just a stone’s throw away. It’s not hard to stop and imagine entertaining guests like Frank Sinatra or Marilyn Monroe here while they secretly admired the tasteful furnishings as the sun set.

The Den/Bar/Smoking Room

denThe new man cave has nothing on this masterpiece. It may be small in size but it’s huge in personality. It has a bar worthy of any mixed cocktail or fine Champagne, and the perfect soft sofa begging you take a load off and enjoy life for a little bit.16-978787PS_7c42181d-3017-4247-85d2-dccdf19ae4ad

The Kitchen

kitchenThis is the most understated room in the house. It’s immaculate counters and large open space lets you know that cooking is optional, but the cute, little breakfast nook, with windows overlooking the front yard, is begging you to sit down and enjoy your morning coffee while reading the daily news.16-978787PS_fd979a83-f115-4871-a268-f9f46362ea17

The Dining Room

dining roomTo enter this room is like stepping on to the movie set of The Wizard of Oz for dinner. The bright-green room, complete with a table big enough for your family plus Dorthy and her gang, appears even more impressive with a wall-sized mirror in an exquisite gold frame. I wonder what you eat in Oz?

The Blue Room

blue roomFor the person who likes life just a little quieter, or to be a little more introverted, then this room is for you. It’s simple and blue and an understated gem with a charm all unto its own.16-978787PS_f9f97ea1-ab7b-4897-ab58-96843a80ab19

The Green Room

green room

Tucked way in the corner away from the action of the house, this is the perfect kids’ room with two beds and plenty of room to fill with toys. With its own private, en-suite bathroom, it means that the kids can go straight from the shower to bed.

The Master Bedroom


Yes, this grand pink room shocked me at first too, but it quickly grew on me and it’ll grow on you as well. The room also made me understand something about pink. If your’re going to use pink as a room color, you need to go all out and do absolutely everything in it, Of course, don’t forget the gold trim to accentuate. This room comes complete with a television that has a zoom screen (not sure what that is actually is, but the realtor was super excited about it), and it actually goes into the floor. If you don’t want to watch TV, you get the perfect view of the pool. The en-suite bath has a unique, sunken marble bathtub in the middle of the bathroom, affording you views of the master bedroom. I swear I could fit my whole family in this tube at the same time.master1

The Pool

16-978787PS_6f28a8ff-9992-4443-a86c-039f528d27f4Complete with an attached hot tub, the large pool looks as if it were modeled from one in a bath house in ancient Rome. Every detail for this area was careful planned, from the patio with the view of the mountains to the plants. Plus, the area is completely private with tall fences on one side and the house on the other.pool

Don’t miss the extras:

1.There are two, life-size, Greek nude statues that must be seen to be appreciated.

2. The marble tiles in the house is to die for.

3. Many of the mirrors, which are everywhere, have gold painting on them, giving an elegant cracked appearance.

4. There are gold frames everywhere in the house, each one is hand carved with the finest details. The frames in the living rooms have the sweetest, fat cherubs on them you just want to pinch.

5. Placing your hand on front door handle is a must.

6. The house has several large citrus trees overflowing with fruit.

7. Everything comes with the house.

Chip Romero, Cell: 760-678-8994, E-mail: chipromero@bhhscaproperties.com

Vacation in Palm Springs? Absolutely!

Surrounded by the San Jacinto mountain range in the Coachella Valley, Palm Springs comprises around 60,000 permanent residents, of which 60% is gay. When winter is in full swing, the population grows to nearly 150,000.

Beautiful Palm Springs

Beautiful Palm Springs

Is Palm Springs the ideal getaway for anyone seeking calmness from the fast pace of everyday life? Let’s explore the city and highlight its great points of interest.

A Winter Wonderland

The locals will tell you that only a brave few come to vacation in the summer, when swimming pools feel more like hot tubs than a place to cool off. Perhaps that doesn’t sound like a dream holiday, it is, however, one of the best winter destinations in the United States. Snowbirds come from all over to escape from the frigid temperatures of the snow-covered north.

Livable and comfortable, winter is very pleasant with ideal temperatures that range from the mid-70s to mid-80s. At the same time, winter in deserts tend to be chilly at night—even Jack Frost will be nipping at your nose. Of course, there is the occasional rain shower to give the gift of life even to the harshest of places.

Take a Hike

Spectacular views of the Valley below from Mt St Jacinto

Spectacular views of the Valley below from Mt St Jacinto

Palm Springs isn’t ideal for outdoor activities in summer, but winter is the best time if you’re an outdoorsy kind of person. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with a hike through Taquitz Canyon. Admission is $12, which may sound like a lot for a one-mile hike, but there are fantastic points, such as Native American pictographs, hikers would never discover without the knowledge of an accompanying guide. There’s even a path that leads to a waterfall. Other great hikes include Indian Canyons — comprising Palm Canyon, Andreas Canyon and Murray Canyon. Be on the lookout for resident bighorn sheep, mule deer and plenty of darting lizards. Bird-watchers will also enjoy getting a glimpse of the various species that live here. For spectacular views of the valley, take a hike on the San Jacinto Trail.

Regardless if it’s a blazing summer or a delightful winter, hikers need to keep the the following in mind:

    • Check the weather before heading out.
    • Most trails don’t have any shady areas or restroom facilities.
    • Dress appropriately and, most of all, wear a hat.
    • Bring plenty of water and some food. If you run out of water, turn around and go back.
    • Be careful where you step and beware of rattlesnakes. The landscape is remote and challenging, so it’s best to stay on the trails.

Some hikes are easier than others, but it’s still good to go with a friend.

Palm Springs Attractions

Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs Air Museum

The Air Museum of Palm Springs: Listed as one of the best aviation museums to visit in the USA by CNN, the museum aims to educate the public about the role American air power played during conflicts of war. The cost is $10, which includes visits to three hangars and other outdoor expositions.

The Aerial Tram: This is one of the main attractions in the city. To escape the heat in summer, locals and visitors alike head to Mt. Jacinto, where the temperature is 25 degrees cooler.

Summer months are less crowded, but expect to wait in a long line during the popular winter months. During peak season, the tram runs every 15 minutes and transports up to 10,000 people per day for the 10-minute ride. Tickets cost $25 per person, depending on when you’re heading, and $60 for a season pass.

Rotting Aerial tram

Rotating Aerial tram

Once reaching the top, there are some easy hikes to do, places to rest for a picnic and enjoy the breathtaking view of the valley below. There is a restaurant from this lofty perch, but the wait time can   be long and the food isn’t worth it in the end.

Star-studded Streets: At one point, there were almost as many celebrities living in Palm Springs as in Tinsel Town. Fans of Hollywood can stroll down the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on Palm Canyon drive.

door6896Visitors can also go on tours through the “Old Movie Colony”, Las Palmas neighborhood and Racquet Club Estates, as well as other secret locations with some 50-60 beautiful homes to see along the way.

Entrance signThe list of famous residents reads like a who’s who from the Silver Screen. Legendary celebrities who had their hideaways in Palm Springs include Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, the Reagans and even Elvis and Priscilla Presley. Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Dinah Shore were also frequent visitors to this desert oasis.

Wind farms of Palm Spgs, Credit-daryo.uz

Wind farms of Palm Spgs, Credit-daryo.uz

The Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium: This one-acre, family-owned botanical garden boasts 3,000 examples of cacti and other desert succulents that are grouped by geographic regions. The entrance fee is $4 for adults and $2 for children.

Visit the Wind Turbines: These sleek and towering beacons stretch along I-10 and rotate at a rapid speed, helping to generate one and a half percent of California’s electricity. There are 3,500-plus wind turbines in place and create enough energy to power nearly 200,000 homes. Some refer to the area as being the second windiest place on earth.

 Enjoy the Laid-back Desert Lifestyle

View from Ruth Hardy Park

View from Ruth Hardy Park

Relax at a city park: If you visit with kids, there are some nice parks for them to run around and have some fun. Located near Mt. Jacinto, the Ruth Hardy Park is one of the best in Palm Springs, with tennis courts, volleyball courts and a basketball court. Dimuth Park is also another option, but Sunrise Park isn’t recommendable.

Ride a bike: There are plenty of bike trails and rentals are affordable. Most bike paths are shared with pedestrian sidewalks, which may annoy some. Click on the following links for more details.

Let the festivities begin! Winter is also a time when endless festivals fill the city. The Palm Springs VillageFest runs all year in downtown on Thursday evenings; the Palm Springs Film Festival, founded by former mayor Sonny Bono, takes place in January, and the hot air balloon festival on 14 and 15 February. Along with art festivals on weekends, there’s the Tour de Palm Springs Bike Event in February, Gay pride in November and the Palm Springs Light Festival in December—just to name a few.

Village fest


Other attraction to visit may include Irwin Junior’s Robo-lights, which display the largest single-family home light display in California from November to the end of December.

A Night on the Town: There are plenty of bars and night clubs open until late, and there’s something for everyone. Why take a chance with Lady Luck at the the Spa Resort Casino? It also has one of the best spas in town.

Meet the Locals!

Palm Springs Charm

Palm Springs Charm

Palm Spring is diverse and exciting, with a population from all over the world. Don’t be afraid to chat with the locals—they won’t bite. Everywhere you go, people are simply friendly, helpful, fun and engaging. It feels good to meet people who love others and love to live peacefully.

Heterosexuals may feel uncomfortable to see gay couples holding hands and showing affection for each other on the streets just as anyone else would towards their significant other. However, don’t stare or say something inappropriate. Accept the indifference, be a tolerant and decent human being.

Eat and Be Merry

People love to shop at the local and farmers’ markets. Every Saturday, the organic farmers’ market (7 am – 12:30 pm) is fantastic for buying certified, organic food for reasonable prices.

There are also plenty of Palm Springs restaurants that serve up international dishes. For a taste of the Med, have a seat in the “Greek Island Restaurant;” Asian food-lovers will leave happy after dining at “Thai Smile,” and for authentic French cuisine treat your taste buds at “Atelier.” If you want to have your cake and eat it, too, you’ll find the best cakes in the Coachella Valley at Sherman’s.

Cimarran Golf resort Palm SpringsPalm Springs may not immediately cross one’s mind for a vacation, but it seems that’s the case for at least the one million who do visit each year. If you’re looking for adventure, recreation and relaxation, you can’t beat Palm Springs.

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Hidden Gems of Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs, California has been a top tourist destination for years now.Nestled in a cozy oasis in the desert of California, Palm Springs has a unique cosmopolitan sensibility combined with an adventurous spirit. There’s are tons of things to do when it comes Palm Springs attractions and sightseeing – read on for just a few of the hidden gems of this California paradise.

Beautiful Palm Springs

Beautiful Palm Springs

San Andreas Fault Tour

Taking a trip across the rocky trails around the San Andreas Fault in a comfortable hummer on Elite Land Tour’s San Andreas Fault Tour. You’ll get to see the fully glory and fury of nature on this tour that shows of California’s San Andreas Fault. For people enjoy seeing the outdoors and nature, this is one of the top Palm Springs attractions and sightseeing destinations.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway


Aerial Tramway

For a truly breath-taking view of the desert, you must pay a visit to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, another great site on the list of Palm Springs attractions and sightseeing locations. Starting with an eight and a half minute ride up, you’ll eventually find yourself over two miles above the desert floor. You’ll get a truly breath-taking view of the various wildlife on your way to the top – the trip travels through a number of different environments. It’s said that the journey covers climates that comparable to arid Sonoma, Mexico ranging all the way to areas that aren’t like Canadian tundra.

Palm Springs Art Museum

Palm Springs' art museum

Palm Springs’ art museum

For a more educational entry in the Palm Springs attractions and sightseeing list, try the Palm Springs Art Museum. This mid-sized art museum takes pride in its status as one of the best in the country for promoting visual and performing arts. With a very diverse collection of exhibits, both in terms of culture and chronology, there’s something for everybody – regardless of nationality and generation. Take part in a guided tour of the museum and get a wonderful taste of culture.

Agua Caliente Canyons

Hiking in the canyons

Hiking in the canyons

Located on the tribal lands of the Cahuilla Indians, these canyons are a beautiful location for a day’s hike. Featuring rocky canyon walls, flowing streams and lush palm trees, you can get a taste of nature on these fun but easy hiking trails. For people really seeking an outdoor adventure on their vacation, these canyons are highly recommended as some of the most beautiful Palm Springs attractions and sightseeing destinations.

The Climate

Enjoying life in Palm Springs

Enjoying life in Palm Springs

California is famous for its climate and Palm Springs offers the best of it. With mild winters and over 350 days of sunshine every year on the average, Palm Springs is a great place to live.


Village fest


For people who enjoy spending their days wandering the streets and shopping in an open air market, try Villagefest. Every Thursday, in the center of Palm Springs, you can take part in this great event. With handmade crafts, live music, and delicious edible treats, Villagefest is a lot of fun. This is a great place to pick up a souvenir of your time in Palm Springs. It’s also a great place to meet new friends or just people watch. It’s no surprise it’s counted among the best Palm Springs attractions and sightseeing locales.

Golf and Tennis

Cimarron Golf Course

Cimarron Golf Course

Play golf where the pros play. The Palm Springs area has over 120 beautiful, exquisitely maintained golf courses, some of which are famous throughout the world. The area is known as the golf capital of the western United States and has a fine selection of world-class links to choose from. You can also play tennis at some of the best tennis courts and clubs around.

Palm Springs beautiful mountains

Palm Springs beautiful mountains

This article has barely started to cover the things you can experience in the Palm Springs area. To cover everything would take several books instead of an article. Whether you stay a night, a weekend, a week or a month you will never run out of things to do and experience.

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Part two – Vacation in Palm Springs? Absolutely!

Palm Springs, California – San Andreas Fault Tour

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San-andreas-fault, cr-viewfromthepier.com

If you are looking for a unique way to spend some time in Palm Springs, and like the outdoors, then the San Andreas Hummer tour might just be up your alley.  If you are staying at one of the local hotels in Palm Springs, such as the Zoso, the Elite Hummer Tours will even offer the courtesy of picking you up and dropping you off at the lobby of your hotel.

This tour provides an intimate look at the desert and naturescapes of the local desert.  While the tour takes a solid four hours, it is comfortable in an air-conditioned new Hummer.  They also provide drinks and snacks, such M&M’s, peanuts, at each stop.  The tour takes you into washes and riverbeds, and includes some short hiking locations.  However, the small hikes were well worth it, as one of the hikes ends at the top of a hill overlooking the Salton Sea.  The view is truly spectacular.

Other points of interest include a stop in which the tour guide has visitors “taste” different types of local, edible plants, which weren’t too bad.  The true peak of the tour is arriving and driving through the San Andreas area. Stopping to inspect the sheared off rocks of the fault line was truly impressive. These rocks are easily 20 feet tall and look like someone just came along and literally shaved off the rock.  This stop is an excellent location for a photo op standing in front of the fractured granite.

Part of the tour includes driving through and around some agricultural areas closer to Coachella.  The tour guides are knowledgeable and informative explaining some of the local vegetation, including those not native and brought in by others.  In addition, they also give background about the area including the meaning of names and history of the towns, and some of the scenic formations and mountains.

While the walking and hiking was minimal, most of the tour consists of riding in the Hummer; it is well worth the price for four hours.  Wearing comfortable shoes, such as tennis shoes, is very much recommended to avoid slipping while walking in the sandy soils.  Be sure to bring a camera, as there are several points of interest. One of the benefits of this type of tour is that they will drop you at the front door of your hotel after the tour, which is convenient.

After the tour, a hot shower in one of the local hotels feels great. Although you don’t get really dirty, it is nice to clean up and change into something a little nicer for a night on the town.

Since the Palm Springs and desert areas offer many dining options, there is no shortage of choices.  For someone staying at the Zoso, for example, they offer a nice and elegant restaurant off the main lobby area.  The hotel has been completely renovated and has a modern feel to it. They also have a quiet and contemporary bar area that is fairly popular.  It provides a pleasant way to wind down after the day.   Even if you are not a guest at the hotel, the restaurant and bar area can still be enjoyed by all patrons visiting due to its convenient location in the downtown district.