Reflections on a Desert Oasis

The Coachella Valley Preserve is one of the jewels in the valley. If you have a few hours and want to take a stroll around the oasis, enjoy the views and watch the wildlife — visit the preserve, it will reinvigorate you. The McCallum Trail is 2-4 miles long and meanders by the Thousand Palm Oasis and its pools, you should be able to see the endangered desert pupfish along the edge of the pools, if you are lucky maybe you can catch a glimpse of the Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard in the dunes.

Pool at Thousand Palms Oasis, Coachella Valley Preserve, CA ©TMerrigan 2011, all rights reserved.

The oasis is fed from underground vault lines caused by the San Andreas Fault. The trail is wonderful surrounded at times by the palms of the oasis and the pools or by native blooms and dunes, the view from the highest point of the trail is beautiful and seems to go on forever.

There are more vigorous and longer trails at the preserve for all-day hikes. Bring a picnic or visit the Palm House, a historic rustic cabin that is the visitor center. The preserve is recovering from a fire in 2010 but the McCallum trail was spared, the rest of the preserve is recovering and experiencing new growth.

Enjoy this special place.

Sunset at Coachella Valley Preserve, CA ©TMerrigan 2011, all rights reserved.

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