The Indian Canyons is an officially designated Rancho Mirage HOT SPOT. In 2010 guests staying at Rancho Mirage resorts receive a VIP Access Privilege Card that provide adult admission discounts at four Palm Springs Valley HOT SPOT attractions.
Since the beginning of time, long before Hollywood discovered the desert, a thriving community of people lived in the vicinity of what we know today as Palm Springs. Snow melt from the Santa Rosa and Santa Jacinto Mountains feed gushing streams that in turn nourish lush palm oasis at the foot of the mountains. In and around these oasis people, known as the Cahuilla, sustained a rich and harmonious life that lasted for a millennium before the era of resorts that now flourish in the Palm Springs Valley.
Today the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians work and live through-out the Valley. Many are the regions most powerful and prosperous leaders. Gleaming new resorts such at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage employs hundreds of workers and fuels the economy of the region. Bond ratings, marketing strategies and setting world-class hospitality standards occupy many whose grandparents lived in a very different world. A world still revered by today’s tribe members and a world that you can experience.
The instant you drive through the gate of The Indian Canyons you know you have entered a sacred place. Just minutes from lively downtown Palm Springs, this place is serene and abundant with the desert’s finest attributes. Vast numbers of Washingtonia Fan Palm Trees form the largest indigenous palm oasis in North America. Gurgling icy brooks course around giant boulders and through rocky crevices creating lush cool retreats from the desert’s glare before disappearing deep into the desert’s aquifer. Wildlife is abundant. Hummingbirds can be sighted at every turn. Lizards and small rodents leave their tracks in the dusty paths. Beware of rattlers! Scat along the trails reminds an alert hiker that larger mammals such as the Big Horn Sheep and an occasional Mountain Lion still roam these parts. In spring the desert blooms and as far as the eye can see a brilliant yellow halo floats over silver grey bushes. The purple snow-capped mountains rise in the background.
Well marked trails through Andreas Canyon, Fern Canyon, Murray Canyon and Palm Canyon provide advanced hikers and easy walkers a wealth of experiences. Nearby, through a separate gated entrance, Tahquitz Canyon can be accessed where a beautiful 60 foot seasonal falls, petroglyphs and ancient irrigation systems can be pondered. Ranger talks and guided walks provide excellent understanding of the ecosystems and the people who made this paradise home.
The Indian Canyons provide 21st century road weary voyagers with a perfect setting and experience to reconnect with something greater and lasting and beautiful.