Palm Springs, California – July 2022 – An Unnatural Oasis in the Desert

While Palm Canyon is a natural oasis, with a constant water source, the city of Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley is not. Billed as a Golf Capital of the World, the Palm Springs tourist bureau touts over 100 golf courses in an area that receives about 5 inches of rain a year!

In addition most of the homes have grass in their lawns. As a result it is a very lush place during a time of long term drought.

Palm Springs has for decades been a winter escape for the wealthy, with many building the signature mid century modern homes back in the 1940s and 1950s. Most of those homes have been remodeled and sell for very high prices today.

Fortunately many of the remodels have taken the xeriscape approach and removed the grass in the landscaping.

Palm Canyon, California – July 2022 – A Natural Oasis in the Desert

Palm Canyon, California is at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, just beyond the city of Palm Springs. With a constant source of water, the canyon is home to majestic California Fan Palm trees.

Even though it was around 100 degrees F for our 3 mile roundtrip hike, we were in the shade of the palms for most of the hike, making it a fairly pleasant walk.

The canyon is an amazing place!

The canyon walls were steep, with the trees sometimes growing out of the walls themselves.

The small stream ran down the length of the grove of trees.

There was evidence of a previous wildfire, as some of the trees had burn marks.

Andreas Canyon was a short distance away. While not as extensive as Palm Canyon, it was still well worth the hike.

After a morning of hiking it was time to head back down to the unnatural oasis of Palm Springs (next posting).

Palm Springs, CA – August 2009 – Aerial Tram

The Palm Springs Aerial Tram is the largest rotating tram in the world. Leaving the valley station it rises almost 6000′ in elevation in a little over 12 minutes. The day we took it up, it was nearly 100 degrees in the valley and 70 at the top.

The views on the way up and at the top are fantastic.

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