Deserts are areas that receive very little precipitation. People often use the adjectives hot, dry, and empty to describe deserts, but these words do not tell the whole story. In the Spring, Palm Desert and surrounding areas display beautiful wildflowers like Spanish Needle, Chuparosa, Arizona Lupin, Purple Mat, and Desert Dandelion, not to mention cacti like Prickly Pear and Beavertail.
Later in Spring, species like the rare Mojave Mound Cactus bloom and will be visible in nearby Joshua Tree National Park. If you are short on time, you can view over 3,000 types of desert plants at the Moorten Botanical Gardens, a private arboretum established in 1938 and loved by residents of Greater Palm Springs for generations.
Wildflower Viewing Sites
The Museum Trail rises above the city of Palm Springs and offers spectacular views of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. The Palm Springs Museum Trail intersects the North Lykken trail, and you can hike down into Chino Canyon.
» Museum Trail is located 13 miles from the resort
The Tahquitz Canyon Trail is a two-mile loop trail which leads to Tahquitz Falls and back. From the Visitor Center to the falls you will be gaining 350 feet in elevation. The trail is steep and rocky including rock steps to climb.
» Tahquitz Canyon is located 13 miles from the resort
The Indian Canyons are located at the end of South Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. Three canyons offer well-established trails and provide a variety of terrain, including native desert fan palm oasis. Guided tours are offered Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
» Indian Canyons is 15 miles from the resort
Tramway Road is a major gateway to the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument traversing the south side of the Coachella Valley – officially designated a treasured natural and cultural resource.
» Tramway Road is located 16 miles from the resort
Snow Creek Road
The Snow Creek area extends from Windy Point to Fingal’s Finger at the western end of the San Jacinto Mountain Range. This area supports a varied and unique ecosystem with many endangered plant and animal species.
» Snow Creek Road is located 27 miles from the resort
Hike through desert flowers at Oswit Canyon. Stay on the flood channel trail to gain easier access to higher areas, or explore the walking paths. A combination of habitats provides much diversity of flowers at Oswit Canyon.
» Oswit Canyon is located 36 miles from the resort
Cactus Spring Trail
Cactus Spring is an important source of water in the Santa Rosa Mountains. It was used by the Cahuilla Indians as an essential watering hole and is today used by hikers traveling in the Santa Rosa Mountains.
» Cactus Spring Trails is located 43 miles from the resort
Wildflower Viewing Guidelines
Maintain a safe environment for yourself. One may be preoccupied while looking for flowers; so always be on the watch for harmful elements.
Cactus segments, rattlesnakes, and broken glass may be underfoot while you are searching out a new flower to identify. Before getting close to a flower, survey the surrounding area for objects that could harm you.
Touching wildflowers often results in getting fine spines embedded in fingertips so it’s better to use a hand lens for those close-up looks.
All cacti have spines, keep your distance when viewing those colorful blossoms.
Make it a safe environment for the native flora and fauna! Stay on the roadside, trails or disturbed wash environments so as to not cave in rodent holes and damage newly emerging herbage. Picking flowers prevents the seeds from developing into the wildflowers of next season, take pictures instead. Above all, leave no trace of your visit.