Palm Springs, CA
Palm Desert Resort
Palm Desert Resort
(this is from March 1, 2020)
Palm Springs is another area I haven't been and wanted to see, especially Joshua Tree National Park. Since we are Thousand Trails members we took advantage of our free stay at their park in Palm Desert. We'd have preferred to boondock outside the park, but it was still very hot so we stayed at the park a few miles away. It is a pretty park with all the palm trees even though the spacing is tight.
Looking back towards the entrance.
We spent a full day at the park but you could split it up to two and spend more time hiking. We did not have time to see the NE road and there was a couple of cool things I would've liked to see, especially the oasis. I'd wear layers as it was very hot and very cold at different times.
The Mojave and Colorado deserts meet up out here. There is just a slight difference in the plants.
We took the trail to see the Arch Rock which is the popular sight to see just off the trail. Very cool.
You could wander and scramble around here for hours. Our kids would've loved it here when they were little!
Heart Rock! How awesome is that?!
It just stands there, not held up by any other boulders. The rock to the right of it looked like a baked potato.
I love finding hearts in nature and this is my favorite so far. If you'd like to search for it next time you're in Joshua Tree, it's not too hard to find or too far off the trail. Here are the coords:
33 59 17.2N 116 00 48.3W
Further on down the road going NW is Skull Rock. Looks strangely like the one out in Quartzsite.
While they climbers are hard to see on the left, you can see them zoomed in at the top.
At one of the lookouts, you can see forever over the Coachella Valley. There is often much smog in the valley that blocks out San Jacinto Peak on the other side. We will be hiking there later on.
We really enjoyed our day in the park.
It was pretty empty until a large party sat next to us.
Another evening we came across some other things to see. Some large like this huge spider with a VW Bug body and some creepy...
Like this group if 8 foot tall naked baby sculptures with bar codes on their faces. It's about consumerism and dehumanization. Pretty strange!
This is where Elvis and Pricilla had their honeymoon. Maybe Palm Springs was all the rage back then.
Time to try out a local brewery. Palm Springs Tap room was a nice choice.The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is the world’s largest rotating tram car. It is over 2 1/2 half miles up the cliffs of Chino Canyon. It takes you up to Mt. San Jacinto State Park. Elevation at the top is 8,516 feet. We paid $25 each for tickets and spent several hours up top hiking.
The views going up are amazing.
Partial moon out.
We also did a few geocaches and enjoyed the quiet up here.
There were "notches" on the trail where you could walk cliffside and get some great views.
View from the restaurant.
Absolutely loved the lights of Palm Springs below as our tram came down.