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Palm Springs International Short Film Festival
June 16th to 22nd
We offer these suggestions for your visit to the California Desert!
Aerial Tramway (El Mirasol recommends)
Lifting you rapidly to an elevation of 8,516 feet, here you'll find hiking, mule rides, cross-country skiing and breathtaking scenic beauty. Enjoy food and refreshments at the comfortable lounge and restaurant located in the mountain station. A must see.
Palms to Pines Highway Tour
Climb into the purple of the Santa Rosa mountains where you'll discover panoramic views of the desert floor. Pass by the Butterfield Stage Stop, an antique ,relic of the old west, and onto the lazy pine filled town of Idyllwild, Serenity is abundant whether you are hiking the wilderness trails of San Jacinto or just cooling your feet in the mountain "Lake Hemet". Fascinate yourself by watching the perilous journeys of the rock climbers at "Tahquitz Rock".
Living Desert Reserve
Tour the natural habitat of the Living Desert Reserve and discover wildlife in their sandy desert playground: from the magnificent Bighorn sheep to odd and interesting plants collected from the world's deserts.
Indian Canyons (El Mirasol recommends)
These canyons, greatly respected by many generations of the Cahuilla Indians, are open to the public. Easily entered by car, each canyon offers a variety of trails ranging from the mild to the strenuous. Hike those same trails that pass by the gurgling streams and abrupt rock formations and that the Indians used in a time long ago.
Desert Safari Guides & Outfitters
Desert Safari offers guided historical tours in the Indian Canyons as well as longer Desert Expeditions into the deeper desert to remote oases. Expeditions to match all levels of fitness from one hour to half-day. Desert Safari also offers Moonlight Expeditions into the deep desert by the full moon each month. Click here for info: Desert Safari.
Hot Mineral Waters
Gently let your mind slip into a state of deep relaxation as the body is enveloped in the rejuvenating mineral waters that are available at many places throughout the desert.
Wilderness Jeep Tours
Savor the thrill of discovery as you journey into the desert and follow in the footsteps of the Cahuilla Indians. History unfolds as you learn about their culture and peaceful lifestyle.
Joshua Tree National Park (El Mirasol recommends)
Littered with an unusual array of cacti and guarded by a sinister looking army of the twisted Joshua Trees, behold the magnificent moonlike mountains in this high desert park. "Keys View" provides an awe-inspiring view of the entire desert floor. Only a 45 minute drive from downtown Palm Springs.
Traveling westward a distance of 5 miles will bring you to a sparkling mountain-fed river where picnics and playtime are the order of the day. Close by, a trout farm brings delight to even the most novice of fishermen.
Every Thursday night downtown Palm Springs is transformed into a charming old-time street fair, carrying an international theme with over 100 vendors participating that offer food, music, and even dancing.
Golfing and Tennis Clubs=
For the truly golf-minded no place offers such a grand selection of world famous championship golf courses as the Coachella Valley. Designed by the pros, these courses offer a perfect day of relaxation, sun, and challenge for the novice to the professional.
From the self-guided to professionally guided tours in motor coaches see the beautiful homes of Presley, Liberace, Jack Benny, the Gabor sisters, Frederick Loewe, Kirk Douglas and many more.
Whiz about the skies of Palm Springs and get a sneak peek at the homes of celebrities and the rich and famous. Take a quick turn and buzz over the Indian Canyons and then on to the San Jacinto State Park to see if Mt. Baldy really is!
Let the horses do the hoofing as you meander on a guided tour through dusty desert trails filled with splendid sights and an oasis or two.
Oasis Water Park
Splash and sparkle as you ride the slides in this 21 acre park. Then test your courage with the biggest "Black Widow' in the desert and find out that she really doesn't bite. With volley ball courts, spa, fitness center and concession stands you'll surely find this a "10" on the fun scale.
Moorton Botanical Gardens
Located in South Palm Springs this family-owned business opens daily to offer wandering guests a display of a thousand different plants and unusual items of Indian lore.
The 24-hour Spa Casino in downtown Palm Springs offers the best in Casino fun and games available in Southern California. Try your hand at Black Jack or sit back and mesmerize yourself with the spinning windows of the slot machines. Here you'll always win a bucket of fun... and maybe more!
See what the eagle sees as you float softly chasing your balloon's shadow across the desert sands or over the Salton Sea.
If action and exploration is your type of fun then hop on an ATV and tear it up across the desert dunes of North Palm Springs.
The Palm Springs desert climate is near perfect for year round vacationing. Less than twenty days a year see any rain. The average daily temperature is 88 degrees! The year round clean dry air makes even the higher temperatures of summer comfortable.