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- Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness is ideal for first-time visitors to the area, especially outdoor enthusiasts.
- Weather can change suddenly in the mountains, so bring warm layers.
- Day-use permits are required to enter the wilderness for hiking; you can get a permit at one of the ranger stations.
- The tramway's Mountain Station has an accessible elevator and viewpoint, and the Stone Creek Campground in Idyllwild has an accessible trail.
- Dogs are not allowed in the park except for trained service dogs.
The endangered fringe-toed lizard is given room to roam at the Coachella Valley Preserve, which was specifically designed to protect these desert creatures.
Guided hikes through the preserves’ sand dunes and rocky escarpments are led by knowledgeable naturalists who can share their insights into the life cycle of this threatened reptile.
The preserve has more than 25 miles (40 km) of hiking trails. While you walk, look out for eagles, California fan palms, bobcats, horned owls, cottontail bunnies, kestrels and lizards.
The Coachella Valley Preserve is off the Interstate 10 highway, 10 miles (16 km) east of Palm Springs.
Take a wander through cactus and agave gardens, wildflower and palm gardens, yucca and salvia gardens . You're bound to be inspired by the drought-tolerant planting schemes.
- Bring comfortable walking shoes, sun protection, and plenty of water.
- Desert weather can change swiftly and dramatically; always check the forecast before heading out.
- There are four visitor centers in the park, each equipped with water, restrooms, and picnic areas.
- Pets must be leashed at all times and are not permitted on backcountry trails.
- Very few areas in the park have cellphone coverage.
- Some trails and campgrounds are wheelchair accessible; see the National Parks Service website for more details.
- The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is great for hikers and cross-country skiers, and first-time visitors to the area.
- Dress in layers"”the temperatures at the Mountain Station are usually 30 to 40 degrees cooler than on the valley floor. Tramcars are not air-conditioned but the windows open for air flow.
- The tramcars run at least every half hour, on the hour; more cars may operate when demand is high.
- Both tramway stations and the tramcars are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
- Desert temperatures can fluctuate drastically, so dress in layers if you’re heading to Palm Desert on a tour.
- Wear sneakers or hiking boots to climb around the fault area.
- Be sure to apply sunblock, wear a hat, and bring water.
- Almost all traces of a crack in the earth along the fault line were erased by the 1906 earthquake that leveled San Francisco; what remain now are geological rock formations.