California's Palm Oases are sacred places. They are the only true spots in California where palms grow and thrive naturally while providing important food, water and shelter for wildlife.
1. Borrego Palm Canyon
Borrego Palm Canyon is a stunning 3 mile hike in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Gorgeous rocky waterfalls surround this lush Palm Oasis, the largest in the park while more than 80 migratory birds use it as a watering hole alongside Desert Bighorn Sheep. Visit after a rain for gushing falls and cooler weather.
2. Palm Canyon
Palm Canyon is a magnificent palm oasis on the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation. These natural palm canyons are what gives Palm Springs its name and are the only palms, along with other nearby oases, that grow naturally in California.
3. Murray Canyon
Murray Canyon is a hidden oasis part of the Indian Canyons of Palm Springs. A 3.9 mile out-and-back trail follows Murray Creek and its cascading waterfalls along stunning palms oases. The trail ends at the secluded Seven Sisters Waterfall and is best done after a winter rain when steady water is flowing through the falls.
4. Andreas Canyon
Part of the Indian Canyons of Palm Springs, Andreas Canyon is the perfect natural Palm Oasis. Stunning fan palms surround rock canyons and 150 plant species along the lush Andreas Creek. One visit will give new meaning to the idea of the desert.
5. Thousand Palms Oasis
Thousand Palms Oasis in the Coachella Valley Preserve is a fine example of a desert palm grove. With its towering California Fan Palms and glorious trails, it is the perfect escape into a wonderland. It is a must to see the 'Palm' in Palm Springs.
6. Willis Palms Oasis
Willis Palm Oasis, located in the Coachella Valley Preserve, is a great place for solitude. A half-mile hike takes you to the base of the oasis which can be explored by hiking the cliffs and springs. Climbing to the top provides sweeping views of Palm Springs, the Coachella Valley and the San Jacinto Mountains making it the perfect spot to watch the sunset.
7. Fortynine Palms Oasis
A 3-mile round-trip hike will take to a more remote part of Joshua Tree National Park with 49 fan palms. Fed by a fault spring, the oasis also serves as an important water source for desert bighorn sheep and coyotes.
8. Oasis of Mara
At the Twentynine Palms Entrance to Joshua Tree National Park is the enchanting Oasis of Mara. Serrano Native Americans planted 29 palms along the spring, one for each boy born during their first year. The palms provided food, clothing and housing while spring water allowed corn, beans, pumpkins and squash to grow.