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Most Popular Palm Springs Tours & Attractions

Listed below are the most popular Palm Springs sightseeing tours, shows, activities, attractions, transfers and passes. They were selected from the complete collection of tours and attractions that are available for this destination. These are the most popular, the best-sellers, the ones people purchase and enjoy time after time.

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#1 RATED
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
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On a hot summer's day, one of the best things to do in Palm Springs is to take a ride from the dry desert floor with the Aerial Tramway, 5,873 feet up into the cool climate of the San Jacinto Mountains. Come and ascend into a pristine wilderness aboard the world's largest rotating tramcars! Truly one of the greatest experiences in Southern California!

The world's largest rotating tramcars carry visitors from an elevation of 2,643 feet to a Mountain Station located at the 8,516-foot level of Mt San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness. It has the steepest vertical cable rise in the U.S. and the second steepest in the world. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is truly one of the greatest experiences in Southern California.

What is remarkable about the ride, aside from the breathtaking views of the valley, is the change in temperature. At the bottom of the tram route, the temperature on the desert floor can reach 120 degrees. Rising up through mountain canyons and chimneys, you arrive in an arctic-alpine forest with giant Ponderosa pines. The thrilling vertical ascent gives you views of the Chino Canyon and the San Jacinto Mountains from the front of the car, while the Sonoran Desert is splayed out below from the rear of the car. Look to the top of Chino Canyon, snap a few photos, then look behind and below as you move from one ecological zone to another.

At the Mountain Station, you can walk from the car into the large, 3-story facility which has a cocktail lounge, dining facilities, gift shop and observation decks. The station theater features "Building on a Dream", an 18-minute film on the history of the history and construction of the Tramway. At the top you can also explore the 14,000-acre Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area, which has 54 miles of hiking trails, rustic campgrounds, and granite outcroppings providing clear views of the cities below.

During the winter months “mid-November to mid-April” you can strap on snowshoes or cross-country skis and head into the packed powder of a winter wonderland at the Top of the Tram. There are so many ways to enjoy the snow in the San Jacinto Mountains but snowshoeing is perhaps the most exhilarating family adventure. The Tramway's Adventure Center (snow conditions permitting) is open for snowshoe and cross-country ski rentals.

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Joshua Tree National Park Jeep Adventure
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Joshua Tree National Park Adventure - This tour takes you to one of the nation's most outstanding wilderness treasures, Joshua Tree National Park you will use a rugged back country trail through the Little San Bernadino Mountains to take clients from the Colorado Desert to over 4000 feet elevation in the Mojave Desert. You will be treated to magnificent unspoiled desert vistas, spectacular rock formations, unique plant and animal life, and outstanding geology.

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  • This tour is rugged and not advisable for pregnant women or guests with neck or back injuries
  • This tour is not suitable for children aged 5 years and under

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The Earthquake Canyon Bike Express
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On the earthquake canyon express, riders are treated to a geologic extravaganza on this 20-mile tour that descends through the heart of the San Andreas Fault zone on a paved road to the heart of grape country near Mecca. There are no cross roads, no turns, and very little traffic which makes this a relaxing sightseeing adventure. Riders will see the stark beauty of the desert as they descend a total of 1200-feet over the route.

The course takes riders from the transition zone between the Colorado and Mojave Desert, winds its way through the narrow canyon walls of Box Canyon and finishes with spectacular views of the Salton Sea, Mt. San Jacinto, the All-American Canal, and the agriculture of the eastern Coachella Valley. The tour finishes with a visit to the Oasis Date Gardens for a date shake and restroom break.

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San Andreas Fault Small-Group Jeep Tour from Palm Springs
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This awe-inspiring journey from Palm Springs takes you deep into the heart of California's world-famous San Andreas Fault. On this open-air Jeep eco-tour, experience the forces of nature that have created amazing, steep-walled canyons and the most twisted and tormented landscapes on Earth!

On this Jeep tour from Palm Springs, explore the natural palm oasis of the San Andreas Fault, where you will see water seeping up through the underground aquifer as your naturalist guide describes how the Cahuilla Indians used the desert's plants for food, medicine and shelter. While you admire the stunning landscape, learn how the abundant underground water made the desert hospitable for early pioneers.

Hear about the life and culture of the Cahuilla Indians, and visit a replica village on a historic Indian site that houses many Indian artifacts and interpretive displays. Explore an old mining camp filled with antique mining equipment, tour a gold mine exhibit and try your hand at panning for gold!

You will also explore the narrow slot canyons created by the collision of the Pacific and North American plates. Your guide will describe the geology of the San Andreas Fault and enlighten you about everything you could ever want to know about earthquakes.

Whether your interest is in desert life, plants, animals, geology, earthquakes, Native American culture, early pioneer history or rugged adventure, you'll be fascinated by this San Andreas Fault eco-tour!

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Soak City Water Park Palm Springs
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Nope, it's not a mirage – Soak City Water Park Palm Springs is the coolest spot in the desert. Take a break from the heat and spend the day at Soak City's newest water park, filled with 13 refreshing water rides and attractions. Soak City is a 16-acre (6.5-hectare) oasis that offers hours of family fun. Save and get a head start on your vacation planning, book ahead and collect your tickets hassle-free when you arrive.

Soak City Water Park Palm Springs offers families a chance to cool off from the desert heat and take part in fun and exhilarating water rides. From the relaxing Sunset River to the extreme Tidal Wave Tower, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Brave the waves and soak up the sun on these fun slides and attractions!

Pacific Spin:
The extreme tubing action of the Pacific Spin takes two to four people on a raft ride through a 132-foot (40-meter) tunnel that drops 75 foot (23 meters) into a 6-story funnel that culminates in a waterfall curtain.

Surf Rider:
Take your family or group of friends on a 60-foot (18-meter) multi-rider open-raft ride.

Sunset River:
No water park visit is complete without a lazy river! Let the continuous flow of the 600-foot (183-meter) river carry you on a relaxing float while you enjoy the sunshine.

Kahuna's Beach House:
Visit this 4-story interactive family funhouse with five water slides, hose jets, water curtains, a 1,000-gallon (3,785-liter) dropping bucket and more!

Gremmie Lagoon:
Perfect for pint-sized travelers, the lagoon is equipped with two child-friendly slides and a splash pool.

Pipeline Point:
Slide down one of three slides: the open body slide, open tube slide or enclosed body slide

Riptide Reef:
Take a dip in the 800,000-gallon (3-million-liter) wave pool.

Tidal Wave Tower:
Ride if you dare! Tidal Wave Tower features two seven-story gravity-defying speed slides.

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San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour
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San Andreas Fault Tour - Come see where earthquakes are born! You will see first hand what geologists have called" the most tortured landscape on earth" as they visit the back country trails of a Bureau of Land Management Wilderness zone.

You will also get an up close look at the Coachella Valley's $500 million agriculture industry on the drive to and from the back country. Sheer canyon walls, fascinating geology, and abundant native desert plant and animal life are highlights of this tour.

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Small-Group Sunset Adventure to the San Andreas Fault from Palm Springs
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Take a four-wheel-drive desert adventure to the San Andreas Fault without doors or windows to restrict your view! On this sunset tour from Palm Springs, you'll ride in an open-air Jeep to explore the canyons along the San Andreas Fault and watch as the desert sunset creates amazing shadows on the mountains.

This sunset Jeep adventure from Palm Springs to the San Andreas Fault takes you on an open-air nocturnal voyage through the surreal shadows and mystical darkness of the cooling desert landscape.

Your journey begins before dark as you explore steep-walled canyons along the San Andreas Fault. As the sun begins to set, grab your camera to capture the spectacular transition from day to night as light casts amazing shadows on the mountains, creating a depth and range of colors unseen during the day.

As darkness overtakes you, the clear desert sky comes alive with twinkling stars. Experience the pure silence and beauty of the desert at night, away from the lights and noise of the city. Twilight is also the best time to spot wildlife, as many desert animals are most active at sunset.

While you explore the pristine, natural palm oasis of this area, learn how and why the Cahuilla Indians lived on the San Andreas Fault and hear fascinating stories of the valley's pioneer settlers and gold miners. You can even pan for gold!

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Small-Group Nighttime Stargazing Tour to the San Andreas Fault from Palm Springs
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Journey by open-air Jeep from Palm Springs through the California desert to experience stargazing at its best! Your nighttime adventure includes a guided tour of the San Andreas Fault area at twilight and stargazing through a large tracking telescope as your ‘Star Navigator' guide shares the mythology of the constellations.

Begin your adventure before dark as you depart Palm Springs and head to the San Andreas Fault, where you'll take a tour of the beautiful features of the world's most well-known fault line. When the sun sets, witness the spectacular transition from day to night as the sun casts amazing shadows on the mountains, creating a range of colors not seen during the day. Experience the pure silence and beauty of the desert at twilight and keep your eyes open for nocturnal desert animals that you wouldn't normally see when the sun is up!

After sunset, enjoy star- and planet-gazing under the clear desert skies with the help of a ‘Sky Scout', a hand held which helps point out specific stars, and laser pointers. Your guide will act as a ‘Star Navigator,' pointing out planets and stars through the ‘Sky-Scout' and sharing the mythology of the constellations while you enjoy the peaceful desert atmosphere.

This tour is seasonal and operates from May to September.

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Little Grand Canyon 4x4 Tour From Palm Desert
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Head out on a rugged, off-road adventure through California's Little Grand Canyon in the luxury and comfort of a full-size 4x4 driven by an expert guide!  California's Little Grand Canyon is desert backcountry located in Palm Desert, approximately 30 minutes east of Palm Springs. This classic desert backcountry tour combines remote desert scenery and technical off-roading.  As your driver navigates the desert's terrain, showing you points of interest, you will be treated to stunning vistas of ridgelines, colorful canyons and more. You can also do an optional nature walk into slot canyons and palm oases.

The 4-hour Little Grand Canyon Tour combines the beauty of the California desert with the thrill of off-roading. You and up to four others will bounce and rock over the ridgelines, cattle trails, agricultural fields and more on this exclusive backcountry tour. You will learn interesting facts about the growing city of Palm Desert and its Little Grand Canyon, marvel at the colors and unique shapes of the desert's topography and you may even catch of glimpse of bighorn sheep and other desert wildlife.

This tour is a must for nature lovers and off-road fans. The optional nature walks into slot canyons and palm oases are a great addition to the tour too! Enjoy the excitement of a premium backcountry off road-tour through the scenery of Palm Desert.

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Palm Springs Wildlands Preserve Nature Tour
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This nature tour from Palm Desert takes you on a scenic journey through Southern California's rich, diverse scenery. Traveling from the Colorado Desert to the Mojave Desert, you'll visit three unique landscapes of the Wildlands Conservancy, a network of 12 nature preserves full of beautiful mountains, valleys, deserts, rivers and coasts. Enjoy awe-inspiring views from the comfort of your air-conditioned coach, witness the mighty San Andreas fault, and take some nature walks with your expert guide to gain intimate knowledge about this amazing preserve system around Palm Springs. 


You'll be picked up from your Palm Desert hotel at your selected departure time. Aboard a comfortable air-conditioned coach, relax on the drive to three magnificent nature preserves around Palm Springs.

Your expert guide will teach you all about the Wildlands Conservancy, which operates California's largest non-profit nature preserve system. Spanning more than 145,000 acres (58,679 km), this preserve system includes 12 magnificent landscapes, including mountains, valleys, deserts, rivers and coasts.

This 4-hour tour takes you from the Colorado Desert to the Mojave Desert and back. Admire the towering majesty of Mt San Jacinto, learn about the huge aqueduct system in Southern California, and see visual evidence of the mighty San Andreas fault that makes these unique habitats possible.

You'll marvel at the spectacular scenery from the comfort of your coach, and hop off occasionally to explore by foot. These short, flat hikes give you a more intimate look at these treasured natural environments. You'll see rivers, marshes, trout ponds and more as you follow you follow your guide down shady tree-line paths. Refuel on board with snacks and bottled water in between the three preserves, which may include Coachella, Whitewater and Mission Creek.

After your nature tour, you'll be taken back to your Palm Desert hotel.

Please note: Total tour duration is inclusive of hotel pickup and drop-off time.

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