The Tahquitz Canyon waterfall is the true definition of an oasis in the desert. A two-mile round trip loop can reach the seasonal 60-foot falls, which flows approximately from February through April. The hike is rated as relatively easy to moderate in a few spots where the trail can be uneven and rocky at times, including naturally formed stone stairs that vary in size. Along that path, you’ll discover ancient irrigation systems, rock art, and native wild and plant life.
The Tahquitz Canyon waterfall hike is only a matter of minutes from downtown Palm Springs and our luxury boutique hotel. The Willows Palm Springs is perched on the edge of the city center and set back in the majestic mountains of the Palm Desert. Our garden retreat is a haven for relaxation and serenity with 17 unique guest suites and lovely indoor and outdoor shared spaces. We’re truly the best place to stay on a getaway to Palm Springs. Join us in the new year and book today!
Take in the Stunning Views in Tahquitz Canyon
There’s something particularly special about finding a hidden waterfall in the desert, it has a dreamy quality, and when you finally arrive at the Tahquitz Canyon Falls, you’ll love dipping your toes in the cool, refreshing waters.
Here are five things to know about hiking in the Tahquitz Canyon before you go:
- The hike begins at the Tahquitz Canyon Visitor’s Center, which includes an exciting display of educational and cultural artifacts, an observation deck, and a theater room showing The Legend of Tahquitz Canyon—a short film on the history and folklore of the area.
- The center is open from 7:30 am to 5 pm daily from October to July but only operates on weekends in August and September.
- It’s best to head out to the Tahquitz Canyon trail during the earlier part of the day, the canyon walls provide shade in the morning and you’ll beat the afternoon heat and crowds. As an important reminder: always bring water on any hike in the desert!
- As you trek the two-mile loop, you’ll encounter ten points of interest, including the visitors center as the first stop. These landmarks along the way represent the history of this area, many large boulders that have been named and dedicated to leaders and noble people of the Native Cahuilla tribe who were the first founders of this land.
- The waterfall is about three-quarters of the way into the trail. Most hikers like to beat the heat and slip into the chilly waters of the falls for a quick reprieve.
If you’re interested in more day hiking opportunities in Palm Springs, you’re in luck, as within a 6-mile radius of our city, there are some 1,250 miles of hiking trails. Here’s a more in-depth list of some of our favorite hikes to check out near Palm Springs.
- You’ll find one of the most spectacular views of the Coachella Valley from our Palm Springs bed and breakfast. Nestled at the base of the rugged Mt. San Jacinto, our stunning estate was masterfully designed to fit into the landscape while taking the most advantage of the beautiful vistas surrounding the area. Our garden grounds reach almost an acre up along the hillside, creating lush trails for our guests to discover and appreciate.
The Perfect Place to Relax After a Day Hiking in Palm Springs
While the majority of our guests come to Palm Springs to lounge poolside, get pampered at a local spa, or spend leisurely evenings drinking wine and dining, for those who also include hiking in their vacation itineraries, the Tahquitz Canyon is the place to experience it. Thankfully, our Palm Springs Hotel is the perfect destination to end your day exploring the outdoors.
You’ll be ready to soak in a claw foot bubble bath, slip into a fluffy robe, and lay back on your comfortable king-size bed each night of your stay. On a chillier evening, relax by the fire! Each morning, be sure to join us for a beautiful breakfast buffet with seasonal ingredients and constantly changing recipes. We can’t wait to host you at our elegant Palm Springs Hotel; book your stay today!