Palm Desert CA Bike, Hike, Golf & Jeep Adventures

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Red Jeep Tour
Red Jeep Tour                          Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer
Palms that straddle San Andreas Fault on outskirts of Palm Desert
Palms that straddle San Andreas Fault on outskirts of Palm Desert. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

Everyone’s heard of Palm Springs, but many people do not realize that the destination is actually nine distinctive Coachella Valley desert communities including Cathedral City, Indio, La Quinta, and Rancho Mirage. I’ve been to the town of Palm Springs many times, but for this journey I came specifically to explore the city of Palm Desert and the outdoor adventure opportunities in the surrounding countryside.

Ryan Stendell, Director of Community Development City of Palm Desert shares his insider’ suggestions for cool outdoor adventures, of course including swimming, tennis, golf, and dramatic hiking routes, including the Art Smith hiking trail that leads to three legendary and much photographed Palm Tree Oasis.

We’ll join a Red Jeep Desert Adventure tour through the wild and rugged hills that are disjointed by the legendary San Andreas Fault. And then we’ll visit with Even Trubee, owner of Big Wheel Tours following a 16-mile downhill bike ride through remote, awe-inspiring desert canyons cleaved and heaved by the San Andreas Fault. And naturally, our bike ride ended in the town of Mecca near the shores of the Salton Sea.


And then it’s back to the heart of Palm Desert for a visit with Derek White, General Manager, and PGA Pro, at Desert Willow Golf Resort. With the art of golf being a prime draw to the Coachella Valley for decades, I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised to learn that Desert Willow is a municipal Golf Course, as it reads more like a luxury private resort course.

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Desert Willow Deck view
View from restaurant at Desert Willow Country club, Palm Desert, CA.                              Photo Credit; Tom Wilmer
Desert Willow Foursome Hole #8 (high)
Desert Willow Hole #8 Photo Credit: City of Palm Desert
Desert Willow Firecliff 18th
Desert Willow FIrecliff 18th hole Photo Credit; City of Palm Desert
Big Wheels Bike Adventure
Heading out on Big Wheels Bike Adventure.                                             Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer
Rooms with views--JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa
J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa–Base Camp while exploring Desert Hot Springs region. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer
Palms skirting San Andreas Fault
Legendary namesake Palms skirting the San Andreas Fault near Palm Desert CA. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer
Happy Camper Biking Box canyon
Happy Camper Biking Box canyon
biking Box Canyon en route to Mecca!
biking Box Canyon en route to Mecca!
Red Jeep Tour Palm Desert
Palm Desert Red Jeep Tour. Photo Credit; Tom Wilmer
Sign post in Coahcella Valley
Desert signpost. Photo Credit; Tom Wilmer
San Andreas fault
Straddling the San Andreas Fault
baby giraffe at Living Desert Zoo
Feeding week-old baby giraffe at the Living Desert Zoo. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer