A view of a trail in Whitewater Preserve.

Exploring Nature Preserves Near Desert Hot Springs, CA

StaxUP Storage | May 30, 2024 @ 12:00 AM

Exploring Nature Preserves Near Desert Hot Springs, CA

Desert Hot Springs is home to a variety of hot and cold mineral springs with some of the purest water in the world. This relaxation destination is full of spas, boutique hotels, and oases – but it also has a number of beautiful nature preserves to explore before you go for a soak. Check out some of our favorite hiking destinations in Desert Hot Springs, CA!

Whitewater Preserve

Whitewater Preserve offers rich landscapes teeming with wildlife. Endangered lizards, migrating birds, deer, bear, and bighorn sheep all call this preserve home. The trailhead for the Sand to Snow National Monument is accessible from here. You can explore trails like the Canyon View Loop, the Pacific Crest Trail to Red Dome, and the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. Additionally, hike over to the Mission Creek Stone House in the nearby Mission Creek Preserve.

Coachella Valley Preserve

Spanning 17,000 acres, the Coachella Valley Preserve is a treasure trove of natural wonders, including oases, desert dunes, and trails for hiking and horseback riding. Keep an eye out for the unique Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard, Coachella round-tailed ground squirrel, giant red velvet mite, flat-tailed horned lizard, and giant palm-boring beetle – four unique wildlife species that can be found in this preserve. The preserve's native vegetation – including creosote bush, burrobush, smoke tree, and desert lavender – creates a unique habitat for wildlife.

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is a lush sanctuary filled with cottonwood trees and marshland. Water flowing from the surrounding mountains forms creeks and marshes, supporting a diverse array of flora and fauna. This internationally recognized birding site is home to many resident and migratory birds. Stroll along the Marsh Trail boardwalk to immerse yourself in the marsh's ecosystem, or hike the Yucca Ridge Trail for stunning views of the preserve and surrounding areas.

When you visit Desert Hot Springs, exploring these nature preserves offers a refreshing and invigorating experience. Each preserve showcases unique landscapes and diverse wildlife, making them ideal for nature enthusiasts and casual hikers alike.

No matter how you’re experiencing the great outdoors, don’t forget: Desert Hot Springs can get scorchingly hot, so take the temperature seriously. Always check the forecast ahead of time, and if it's too hot, stay indoors. If the weather is favorable, bring plenty of water and sunscreen, and take frequent breaks. Stay hydrated, protect yourself from the sun, and immerse yourself in the natural beauty that Desert Hot Springs has to offer!

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