Indian Canyons makes a wonderful adventure for any van or RV nomad who wants to hike and learn more about the Indian culture surrounding Palm Springs. It’s comprised of Palm, Andreas, and Murry Canyons. Each canyon offers trails that take you back into these vast canyons with their towering walls. During the winter and spring months, the river will be flowing, and the wildlife will be on display.
Indian Canyons will offer any van or RV nomad an amazing day of hiking, cycling, and wildlife watching. It comprises three main canyons; Palm, Andreas, and Murry Canyon. These canyons have numerous hiking trails that meander through them and are rated from easy to strenuous.
Map: Trail Maps
Palm Canyon is 15 miles long and has a visitor center where you can arrange a tour of the area or shop for souvenirs and refreshments. The canyon is a mix of desert and gorges with flora. There’s a moderate trail that leaves from the visitor center down to the canyon.
Beware: The road to the Palm Canyon visitor center passes through Split Rock. Some large Vans and RV will not drive through Split Rock and will have to park at the RV parking located 1/10 mile before Split Rock.
A scenic foot trail leads through the canyon passing groves of stately skirted palms, unusual rock formations, and the perennial Andreas Creek. One can still see bedrock mortars and metates used centuries ago for preparing food. The canyon is perfect for photography, bird-watching, or a picnic at one of the tables along the trail.
Murry Canyon is my favorite because the parking area is shaded under Palm trees, and there’s a small stream running through it. A trail that originates in Andreas Canyon and takes you to Murry Canyon which is the next canyon over.
Parking & Fee
Both Palm Canyon and Murry canyon have parking areas and restrooms. Remember the road to the Palm Canyon visitor center passes through Split Rock. Some large Vans and RV will not drive through Split Rock and will have to park at the RV parking located 1/10 mile before Split Rock.
- Fee: Adult $9 / Child $5
- Hours: Oct. 1 – July 4: daily 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.(Last vehicle in at 4 p.m.)
Hours: July 5 – Sept. 30: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.(Last vehicle in at 4 p.m.)