Looking up at native California palm trees in Indian Canyons, Palm Springs

Indian Canyons

Updated by Sasha Yanshin on February 27 2024

Natural Splendor and Cultural Heritage in Palm Springs

Address: 38500 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264, United States

View of rocks and palm trees with blue sky at Indian Canyons, Palm Springs
Enjoy the spectacular views during a visit to Indian Canyons.
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💲 Adult entry from $12

👩‍🦽 Partially wheelchair accessible

🍽️ No dining options (picnic areas available)

🚽 Public Restrooms

Where can I find Indian Canyons?

Indian Canyons can be found just a few minutes south of downtown Palm Springs, in the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians tribal lands.

Why should I visit Indian Canyons?

Indian Canyons is a must-visit for its breath taking natural landscapes, historical significance, and cultural heritage.

The area has several canyons, including Palm Canyon, Andreas Canyon, and Murray Canyon, and is a haven for hikers, bird watchers, and those interested in Native American culture.

The ancient palm groves and rock formations tell a story of the Cahuilla people who have lived here for thousands of years.

What are the opening hours at Indian Canyons?

General opening hours

October 1 - July 4

Monday - 8am - 5pm

Tuesday - 8am - 5pm

Wednesday - 8am - 5pm

Thursday - 8am - 5pm

Friday - 8am - 5pm

Saturday - 8am - 5pm

Sunday - 8am - 5pm

From July 5 to September 30 the Indian Canyons are only open Friday to Sunday, from 8am to 5pm.

The last vehicles are allowed to enter an hour before closing.

Closures and holidays

Ranger Led Interpretive Hikes are only available from October to July, Friday through Sunday.

Be sure to check for latest guidance for hike times and any changes to opening hours on the official website.

Stream with rocks and palm trees in Indian Canyons, Palm Springs
Explore the hiking trails in beautiful nature.
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Where should I park when visiting Indian Canyons?

Free parking is available at the trading post, which serves as the main entrance to the canyons.

From there, visitors can access the various trails and sites within Indian Canyons.

Is Indian Canyons accessible by public transportation?

Public transport options are limited around the Palm Springs area, but taxi and rideshare services mean that you can access Indian Canyons from anywhere in the city.

When is the best time to visit Indian Canyons?

The best time to visit Indian Canyons is during the cooler months from October to April, when the weather is better and you can hike and explore the area.

Early mornings are particularly magical, as the wildlife is more active and the temperature is cooler.

What are the best things to see near Indian Canyons?

There are plenty of great places close to Indian Canyons to also explore. Here are some favorites.

  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway - Offers a breath taking journey to the San Jacinto Mountains.
  • Downtown Palm Springs - Known for its shopping, dining, and vibrant cultural scene.
  • Palm Springs Art Museum - Features art and design exhibitions in a modern setting.
  • Coachella Valley Preserve - A natural oasis with wide range of wildlife and hiking trails.
Exterior of restaurants and shops in downtown Palm Springs
Take some time to explore downtown Palm Springs.
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Common questions about Indian Canyons

A visit to Indian Canyons in Palm Springs is a chance to explore ancient palm groves, rugged canyons, and learn more about the heritage of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Keep reading to see what else to expect.

Is Indian Canyons accessible to those with lower mobility?

✔️ Indian Canyons is partially accessible for those with lower mobility, including trading post area.

❗ However many trails may be challenging due to natural terrain and uneven paths.

Is Indian Canyons free to enter?

❌ No, it is not free to enter Indian Canyons. An admission fee supports the preservation of Indian Canyons.

Is Indian Canyons pet-friendly?

❌ No, pets are not allowed at Indian Canyons.

Is Indian Canyons child-friendly?

✔️ Yes, Indian Canyons is child-friendly, offering a chance to learn about nature and indigenous culture.

Is Indian Canyons a year-round attraction?

✔️ Yes, Indian Canyons is year-round, however guided hikes are only possible from October to April.

Are refreshments available at Indian Canyons?

❌ There is no café at Indian Canyons, but there are picnic areas are available for use.

Are there restrooms at Indian Canyons?

✔️ Yes, there are public restrooms available at Indian Canyons trading post area.

What else is useful to know before I visit Indian Canyons

Make sure to wear appropriate hiking shoes, bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat for sun protection.

Check the weather and trail conditions before your visit, and stay on marked trails for safety and preservation of the canyons.

A panoramic view of a desert oasis in Indian Canyons with California Fan Palms surround fresh spring water near Palm Springs.
The stunning California Fan Palms are dotted across the desert oasis of Indian Canyons.
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Where to stay near Indian Canyons

There are plenty of great hotel options in the Palm Springs, for all budgets, to head back to after exploring Indian Canyons. Check out some of our favorites below.

  • Life House, Palm Springs - You can expect a tranquil setting, lush gardens and pool, and the most stylish, contemporary décor around, when you stay at Life House, Palm Springs.
  • The Paloma Resort - A visit to The Paloma Resort is anything but budget, with luxury surroundings, chic, retro design, and top-notch service.