The Palm Desert in southern California is home to Palm Springs and famous as a golf resort and winter oasis. It is also the home to Indian Canyons. It is not a national park since the park is on an Indian Reservation. In 1876 and 1877, the U.S. Federal Government created a deed in trust to the Agua Caliente people of 31,500 acres for their homeland. The tribe takes care of the park with assistance from California.
There are many different hikes and canyons and it is worth the short drive from Palm Springs to see the wonder of a desert oasis. We were there after a heavy rain and it was lush and green but also some of the trails were washed out.
Palm Springs is surrounded by the San Jacinto Mountains on the western side of the city and leading up to the mountains are the world famous Indian Canyons.. There are a variety of hiking trails and while many are strenuous, less serious hikers can also find suitable trails. Palm Canyon is the most popular but we hiked the Murray Canyon Trail.
We couldn’t make it back to the waterfall because of the violent storms that preceded our hike. It was a beautiful day and the palm trees in the desert made me think of the desert oasis I was reading about in the novel,The Alchemist .
I always thought that striations on rock faces were evidence of glacial movement and maybe that is always true. However this cliff face was photographed in Indian Canyons in Palm Springs California and I am not sure if the glacier came that far south. It is an attractive an interesting pattern.
She’s a brick—-house
Mighty mighty, just lettin’ it all hang out.
I almost walked right by this old house along the Palm Canyon Trail in Indian Canyons of the Palm Desert. The house is almost the same color as the stone that surrounds it and blends right in. In order to get the house to stand out for this photo I needed to apply some masking, color and contrast adjustments in post production. Although empty now, you can imagine Native Americans living here centuries ago. You can buy a print of this one and see others at my commercial gallery.