8 Kid-friendly hikes in Palm Springs

Coachella Valley Preserve’s natural palm oasis

Kid-friendly hikes in Palm Springs

Palm Springs, California offers many things for the family to do together. Of course, you could choose to visit museums and shop for toys, but if you’re into the outdoors, hiking is a great way to spend a day with the whole family, including the kids. If you’re looking for kid-friendly hikes in the Palm Springs area, the following trails are all great options.

Best hikes for kids in Palm Springs

1. Tahquitz Canyon Loop Trail

Perhaps one of the most popular kid-friendly Palm Springs hikes is the Tahquitz Canyon Loop Trail. This hike isn’t too difficult compared to others in the area, and you have the chance to see some fun wildlife such as sheep. Be sure to stop and get a trail map, too, as you and your family can learn some historical points along the way. Best of all, during certain seasons, you’ll get to see a beautiful waterfall that attracts thousands of visitors per year. The trail costs $12.50 for adults and $6 for children under 12, but it is well-worth it.

2. Andreas Canyon Trail

You can’t go wrong with a leisurely stroll on the Andreas Canyon Trail. The trail features a babbling creek as well as numerous interesting rock formations for the kids to “oooh” and “aaah” at. The trail is a one-mile loop, so there is little risk of the kids getting bored and not wanting to finish the hike. The trail has some shade along with a lot of little nooks that you can take a break at and view the beautiful surrounding areas.

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Beautiful Indian Canyons

3. Indian Canyons Preserve – Murray Canyon Trail 

Great for kids who have hiked before and can handle about 3.7 miles, the Murray Canyon Trail has plenty of creek crossings and waterfalls the whole family can enjoy. It is best to go early in the morning in the summer seeing as the temperature can rise pretty high, but most months there is plenty of water along the way to cool you down if needed. In fact, the hike is probably not as easy immediately after it rains due to all of the water, but otherwise it’s great any day.

4. Bear Creek Canyon Trail

If you and the kids want to swoon over beautiful views of the Coachella Valley, the Bear Creek Canyon Trail is a great option. The trail is long and gets more challenging as you go, so be sure to monitor the kids and make sure they are able to keep up with the increasing slopes. The first mile or so is relatively easy yet still allows the excellent views of the surrounding valley. Best of all, the whole family might even get to see some longhorn sheep!

Thousand Palms Oasis at Coachella Valley Preserve

5. Coachella Valley Preserve 

The Coachella Valley Preserve, a natural desert palm oasis, has several trails that are good for hikers of all ages. The beginning trails are relatively easy and good for even inexperienced children. If the kids are intrigued with the area’s palm trees, this is an excellent choice seeing as there are thousands within view. The staff is very knowledgeable and can teach the kids about the surrounding areas as well as local wildlife such as the various species of lizards you will likely see. If you take a certain trail, you can also get to the San Andreas fault.

6. Big Morongo Canyon Trail

Located directly north of Palm Springs, the Big Morongo Canyon Trail is home to several trails that are each marked with a difficulty level. Sprawling vegetation lines each trail and the kids will enjoy seeing various birds and possibly deer. There are also plenty of deck planks if the kids don’t want to walk far and the area closest to the parking lot has a lot of interesting things for tourists of all ages.

7. Palm Canyon Trail

Another highly recommended hiking trail for the whole family is the Palm Canyon Trail. It is only about two miles and typically doesn’t have as many people as other trails. A stream runs through the middle of the trail, which is very well-kept and maintained. You can also pack some lunch and have a picnic by the creek under the shade. This trail can get muddy, so it is best to avoid if it has been raining.

8. Victor Loop

Families also like to hike the Victor Loop, which is an approximately 3-mile loop through Palm Canyon. Although it can get really hot, especially in the summer, there is some shade scattered throughout as well as creeks and visible waterfalls. The beginning of the trail is the easier part, so if the kids aren’t too experienced, you don’t have to go too far. However, if you make it to the top, you are sure to get breathtaking views that you won’t forget!


Palm Springs Traveller Staff