Best deserts in Palm Springs Desert

Check out the top deserts in Palm Springs Desert, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
1. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
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250 local reviews
47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert
Open · Closes 5:00 PM
+1 760-346-5694
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Skip
This is a nice walking zoo. Lots of native plants and also native and African animals. Nice pathways and an…
Jenna
The Living Desert is an amazing zoo and botanical garden site. It features wide pathways with lots of shade,…
Sherrie
Unique zoo and botanical garden that specializes in the deserts of the world. Mountain lion, leopard,…
1. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
1. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
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250 local reviews
47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert
Open · Closes 5:00 PM
+1 760-346-5694
Skip
Skip
This is a nice walking zoo. Lots of native plants and also native and African animals. Nice pathways and an extra hiking path out onto the…
Jenna
Jenna
The Living Desert is an amazing zoo and botanical garden site. It features wide pathways with lots of shade, so it's perfect for long walks…
Sherrie
Sherrie
Unique zoo and botanical garden that specializes in the deserts of the world. Mountain lion, leopard, warthogs, bighorn sheep and Peninsular…
2. Joshua Tree National Park
2. Joshua Tree National Park
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427 local reviews
Joshua Tree National Park
+1 760-367-5500
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Chris
Joshua Tree National Park is located in southeastern California. Declared a U.S. National Park in 1994 when…
Rema
Probably the reason you’re here. Definitely a must-see, regardless. The West Entrance is 16 miles from the…
Mari
Home to iconic Joshua Trees and primordial rock formations, this 790,000 acre National Park contains a variety…
2. Joshua Tree National Park
2. Joshua Tree National Park
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427 local reviews
Joshua Tree National Park
+1 760-367-5500
Chris
Chris
Joshua Tree National Park is located in southeastern California. Declared a U.S. National Park in 1994 when the U.S. Congress passed the…
Rema
Rema
Probably the reason you’re here. Definitely a must-see, regardless. The West Entrance is 16 miles from the house. Named for our region’s…
Mari
Mari
Home to iconic Joshua Trees and primordial rock formations, this 790,000 acre National Park contains a variety of desert ecosystems within…
3. Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum
3. Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum
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150 local reviews
62975 Blair Ln, Joshua Tree
Open · Closes 7:00 PM
MuseumPoint of interestEstablishment
Jeremy + Katrina
Noah Purifoy lived and worked most of his life in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree where he died in 2004. His…
Mari
It’s unique, outdoors, and showcases the unconventional work of a noted desert artist. Noah Purifoy was a…
Mark And Esther
On 7.5 acres of open land, the museum displays Purifoy’s assemblage sculptures, created between 1989 and 2004…
3. Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum
3. Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum
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150 local reviews
62975 Blair Ln, Joshua Tree
Open · Closes 7:00 PM
Jeremy + Katrina
Jeremy + Katrina
Noah Purifoy lived and worked most of his life in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree where he died in 2004. His earliest body of sculpture,…
Mari
Mari
It’s unique, outdoors, and showcases the unconventional work of a noted desert artist. Noah Purifoy was a visual artist and sculptor, and…
Mark And Esther
Mark And Esther
On 7.5 acres of open land, the museum displays Purifoy’s assemblage sculptures, created between 1989 and 2004. The works themselves are…
4. Pappy & Harriet's
4. Pappy & Harriet's
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451 local reviews
53688 Pioneertown Rd, Pioneertown
Closed · Opens 5:00 PM
+1 760-365-5956
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Apryl
Pappy & Harriet's is a MUST. From Desert Gold Bloom, it's a 10-minute drive through incredible boulders. An…
Bill
This is a desert institution well off the beaten track. A well-deserved one. Imagine an old western town…
Debi
Billboard Magazine named Pappy & Harriet's one of the Top Ten Hidden Gems in the Country in its 2012 Best…
4. Pappy & Harriet's
4. Pappy & Harriet's
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451 local reviews
53688 Pioneertown Rd, Pioneertown
Closed · Opens 5:00 PM
+1 760-365-5956
Apryl
Apryl
Pappy & Harriet's is a MUST. From Desert Gold Bloom, it's a 10-minute drive through incredible boulders. An old western movie set, the place…
Bill
Bill
This is a desert institution well off the beaten track. A well-deserved one. Imagine an old western town straight out of the movies--that's…
Debi
Debi
Billboard Magazine named Pappy & Harriet's one of the Top Ten Hidden Gems in the Country in its 2012 Best Clubs issue. The club attracts…
5. Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
5. Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
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74 local reviews
11055 East Dr, Morongo Valley
Open · Closes 6:00 PM
+1 760-363-7190
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Renny
Big Morongo Preserve is absolutely beautiful; it is a little oasis in the middle of the desert, which allows a…
Rema
The Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is a 31,000 acres (130 km2) native plants habitat and wildlife preserve…
Debi
The Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is a 31,000 acres native plants habitat and wildlife preserve located in the…
5. Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
5. Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
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74 local reviews
11055 East Dr, Morongo Valley
Open · Closes 6:00 PM
+1 760-363-7190
Renny
Renny
Big Morongo Preserve is absolutely beautiful; it is a little oasis in the middle of the desert, which allows a plethora of animal life to…
Rema
Rema
The Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is a 31,000 acres (130 km2) native plants habitat and wildlife preserve located in the Little San Bernardino…
Debi
Debi
The Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is a 31,000 acres native plants habitat and wildlife preserve located in the Little San Bernardino Mountains…
6. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
6. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
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229 local reviews
1 Tram Way, Palm Springs
Open · Closes 8:00 PM
+1 888-515-8726
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Eric
Ride up and over Mt. San Jacinto State Park in the world's largest rotating tramcars, and take in the…
Bob
Although the tram is about 50 miles away and about an hours drive, it is a fabulous day trip. The tram takes…
Kurt
Almost 10,000 feet up you get a climate change from the desert plus incredible views. If you go early enough,…
6. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
6. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
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229 local reviews
1 Tram Way, Palm Springs
Open · Closes 8:00 PM
+1 888-515-8726
Eric
Eric
Ride up and over Mt. San Jacinto State Park in the world's largest rotating tramcars, and take in the spectacular 360-degree views. Starting…
Bob
Bob
Although the tram is about 50 miles away and about an hours drive, it is a fabulous day trip. The tram takes you up over a mile in 11…
Kurt
Kurt
Almost 10,000 feet up you get a climate change from the desert plus incredible views. If you go early enough, there are hiking trails that…
7. El Paseo
7. El Paseo
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112 local reviews
El Paseo, Palm Desert
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Maryann
Often referred to as the "Rodeo Dr." of the desert, El Paseo offers boutiques, upscale retail chains (Saks 5th…
Jan And Gary
El Paseo is often referred to as the Rodeo Drive of the desert. It is an easy walk from our home, with many…
Bill
Glitzy, glamorous, and golf carts? Yes golf carts. This is a fancy pants shopping area of the desert with your…
7. El Paseo
7. El Paseo
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112 local reviews
El Paseo, Palm Desert
Maryann
Maryann
Often referred to as the "Rodeo Dr." of the desert, El Paseo offers boutiques, upscale retail chains (Saks 5th Ave, etc.), plenty of…
Jan And Gary
Jan And Gary
El Paseo is often referred to as the Rodeo Drive of the desert. It is an easy walk from our home, with many shops and excellent restaurants…
Bill
Bill
Glitzy, glamorous, and golf carts? Yes golf carts. This is a fancy pants shopping area of the desert with your top stores representing…
8. La Copine
8. La Copine
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180 local reviews
848 Old Woman Springs Rd, Yucca Valley
Closed · Opens Wednesday 2:00 PM
+1 760-289-8537
CafeBarRestaurant
Jeremy + Katrina
You ain't done nothing right in your life till you eat at LA COPINE KITCHEN. It's only 10 minutes from Cultus…
Ursula & David
This restaurant is INSANELY YUMMY. It's as if some chefs decided to abandon their fancy restaurant in the city…
Bill
Best restaurant in the high desert by a wide margin. Farm to table culinary delights with a smart, rotating…
8. La Copine
8. La Copine
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180 local reviews
848 Old Woman Springs Rd, Yucca Valley
Closed · Opens Wednesday 2:00 PM
+1 760-289-8537
Jeremy + Katrina
Jeremy + Katrina
You ain't done nothing right in your life till you eat at LA COPINE KITCHEN. It's only 10 minutes from Cultus Camp, and it will most likely…
Ursula & David
Ursula & David
This restaurant is INSANELY YUMMY. It's as if some chefs decided to abandon their fancy restaurant in the city and relocate to the Joshua…
Bill
Bill
Best restaurant in the high desert by a wide margin. Farm to table culinary delights with a smart, rotating menu. They're only open 2pm to…
9. El Paseo Shopping District
9. El Paseo Shopping District
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83 local reviews
El Paseo Shopping District, Palm Desert
Shopping mallPoint of interestEstablishment
Josee & Kevin
Known for its public art and art galleries, spas, and salons, the Rodeo Drive of the desert is El Paseo. It is…
Steffanie
Shopping Palm Desert is the perfect way to spend the day. Start your spree with a trip to the El Paseo…
James
Mini Rodeo Drive in the Desert with Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Bottega Veneta, Oliver…
9. El Paseo Shopping District
9. El Paseo Shopping District
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83 local reviews
El Paseo Shopping District, Palm Desert
Josee & Kevin
Josee & Kevin
Known for its public art and art galleries, spas, and salons, the Rodeo Drive of the desert is El Paseo. It is home to the annual Fashion…
Steffanie
Steffanie
Shopping Palm Desert is the perfect way to spend the day. Start your spree with a trip to the El Paseo shopping district. Known as the…
James
James
Mini Rodeo Drive in the Desert with Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Bottega Veneta, Oliver People's, Grayse, Sarit, Riga's,…
10. Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
10. Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
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170 local reviews
81-800 51st Ave, Indio
+1 855-771-3667
Point of interestEstablishment
Rv
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly referred to as Coachella or the Coachella Festival) is…
Mike
The sounds from the speakers and scents of the food mingle in the desert air. Enormous works of art stand tall…
Heather
Great for a Coachella stay, hitting the festival? Stay in Desert Hot Springs. Big Bunny Bungalow can house…
10. Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
10. Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
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170 local reviews
81-800 51st Ave, Indio
+1 855-771-3667
Rv
Rv
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly referred to as Coachella or the Coachella Festival) is an annual music and arts…
Mike
Mike
The sounds from the speakers and scents of the food mingle in the desert air. Enormous works of art stand tall next to palm trees that sway…
Heather
Heather
Great for a Coachella stay, hitting the festival? Stay in Desert Hot Springs. Big Bunny Bungalow can house 4-6 people comfortably, with a…
11. Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center
11. Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center
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147 local reviews
6554 Park Blvd, Joshua Tree
Open · Closes 5:00 PM
+1 760-366-1855
Travel agencyPoint of interestEstablishment
Ali
Only a 12 to 15-minute drive from Pioneertown, this desert park is nearly 800,000 acres of rugged mountains…
Renate
Stunning... absolutely stunning...the sunrises and sunsets are magical. There are many hiking trails, but also…
Erin
Joshua Tree National Park is a vast protected area in southern California. It's characterized by rugged rock…
11. Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center
11. Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center
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147 local reviews
6554 Park Blvd, Joshua Tree
Open · Closes 5:00 PM
+1 760-366-1855
Ali
Ali
Only a 12 to 15-minute drive from Pioneertown, this desert park is nearly 800,000 acres of rugged mountains and rich landscape filled with…
Renate
Renate
Stunning... absolutely stunning...the sunrises and sunsets are magical. There are many hiking trails, but also great stops along the main…
Erin
Erin
Joshua Tree National Park is a vast protected area in southern California. It's characterized by rugged rock formations and stark desert…
12. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
12. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
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92 local reviews
Tram Way, Palm Springs
Transit stationPremisePoint of interest
Leann
Escape the heat or enjoy the snow. This is a very unique experience that lets you experience the natural…
Jalpa
Soar over Palm Springs on the Aerial Tramway for spectacular views of the desert. Ascending to 5,783 feet…
Lori
Ascend 2.5 miles through 5 levels of flora and fauna to a pristine alpine wilderness aboard the world’s…
12. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
12. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
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92 local reviews
Tram Way, Palm Springs
Leann
Leann
Escape the heat or enjoy the snow. This is a very unique experience that lets you experience the natural diversity that surrounds Palm…
Jalpa
Jalpa
Soar over Palm Springs on the Aerial Tramway for spectacular views of the desert. Ascending to 5,783 feet (1,790 meters), the tram…
Lori
Lori
Ascend 2.5 miles through 5 levels of flora and fauna to a pristine alpine wilderness aboard the world’s largest rotating tramcar. It is 40…