We booked a 9 day trip to Palm Springs and our friends assured us it was way to long and we would get bored. My husband golfs but I do not, so that was not on the agenda for this trip. Truthfully we were just chasing some sunshine and looking for some down time. In the end we did quite a few things and we did not get bored in Palm Springs.
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Joshua Tree is just an hour away. We went up to the North entrance, stopped at the visitor center, grabbed a map and lots of suggestions and took off. There are actually 2 north entrances and you can drive from one to the other, inside the park, which we did.
Our most favorite hike here was Split Rock. Very easy, only 2 – 2.5 miles. The rock formations are incredible. I felt like I was living in the TV show Land Before Time. I kept waiting for a dinosaur. The pictures do not do this place justice.
Salvation Mountain. This place kept coming up when I searched for things to do in the area, so we decided to check it out. You drive past the Salton Sea, which I wanted to see anyways, so it was like killing 2 birds with one stone.
We stopped at Bombay Beach. You can read a really interesting story here about it. It was everything they said. Partially abandoned and desolate. Quite the trip through for sure.
But Salvation Mountain was our main destination on this day!
Salvation mountain is a sight to see. Get out and wonder around, as this guy has built underground spaces here too. You can climb on it, walk through it and look at it. We weren’t the only ones curious, this place was quite the tourist attraction. Salvation Mountain sits in the “town” of Slab City. It’s the last free space, they say. There are RV’s randomly parked all over the place. You even see signs that point to a library, but I’m pretty sure it was just bookshelves sitting randomly somewhere or in a tent. You’ve gone all the way to Salvation Mountain, so take time to check out Slab City.
Ladder Canyon Hike in the Mecca Painted Hills. Do your research on this hike because it is NOT well marked at all. Well I should say had we kept walking we would have seen the rocks in the shape of an arrow pointing us in the right direction, but we some how started at the ropes. Either way the whole thing is fun, challenging and NOT well marked(did I say that already?) Even on a Monday the trail was packed and you can ask questions of other hikers to kind of get your barrings.
This hike was ranked right up there as fun and thrilling as Angels Landing in Zion. Now anything in Zion way out ranks other hikes, but for Palm Springs this is pretty spectacular. We went for 4 miles and we could have gone farther and we were all so disappointed when it was over. The signs say to take in 4 wheel drive cars only. We did make sure we had that, but once we got in there we did park next to a Prius and some other cars, but I have read reviews that people can get stuck on that road because of the deep sand.
Hike to Bob Hopes house. You may not be able to drive up to it, but you can hike up the hillside beside it and look down on it.
It’s the oddest shaped house and huge at around 23,000 sq ft. The hike is a bit challenging because you do go right up the hill. I think the map showed it as being moderate.
Palm Oasis in Palm Springs. I’ll be honest the day we hiked this we were looking for Bob Hopes house. We randomly picked a trail head at the base of the mountain and started hiking. We are hiking this rocky terrain with desert landscape and all of a sudden we see palm trees. We assume this is Bob Hopes house (yeah, don’t make fun of us) and head down to it. As we get down there we just see an oasis of palm trees. I have never seen anything like it and if you haven’t either I suggest you check it out. Apparently they are all over the place, so at least go find one of them. Indian Canyon has one and there is one called 49 Palms outside of Joshua Tree.
Palm Springs Aerial Tram. Everyone said we needed to take the tram up and I even heard the restaurant at the top was pretty good. We never made it up there because it was in the mid 30’s up there and I had not brought proper clothing for it. I am adding this to my list anyways because it was talked about so much by different people both tourists and locals alike.
We stayed at an AirBnB place called the Twist. It’s an old hotel converted to AirBnB and it was perfect. It had a comfortable living room to sit in and a patio with a love seat and chair and also an upper level outside that had a fire pit with lounge chairs. I suggest it.
So what do you do when you go to Palm Springs?