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High Desert Hike In Morongo Valley

This unique location is 30 minutes north of downtown Palm Springs & halfway to Joshua Tree National Park. The Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is an oasis located in the Sand to Snow National Monument in the Mojave desert town of Morongo Valley. The Morongo Valley fault runs through the preserve & you can actually touch it too, but don't worry the fault has not moved in over 20,000 years. Some of the oldest rock formations in North America at approximately 2.7 Billion years old can be seen here. The preserve is also an internationally recognized birding site. On the fringes of the Mojave and Colorado deserts, to high peaks covered by snow more than half the year. Sand to Snow National Monument extends west along the Little San Bernardino Mountains to the western border of Joshua Tree National Park, where elevations are as low as 1,000 feet to the eastern summits of the much higher San Bernardino range & the tallest peak in Southern California being the 11,503 foot San Gorgonio Mountain.

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2 hours 45 minutes


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  • What's included :
    • Bottled water - I will provide bottled water to each hiker.
    • Snacks - I will provide a granola bar to each hiker.
    • I will provide each hiker with a backpack & a hiking pole. You can use your own gear if you want to.
    What's excluded :
    • Bring an electrolye drink if it's a warm/hot day to replace electolytes lost from sweat.
    • Bring a salty snack if it's a warm/hot day to maintain sodium levels lost through sweat.
    • Bring a hat, sunglasses & wear sunscreen.
    • Wear shoes with a sturdy sole & good tread. I wear trail running shoes for example.

  • The hike tour is approx 2 hrs 45 min long including time to stop to take pics and breaks. We'll hike in the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, which is located in the Sand to Snow National Monument, a beautiful area made up of an oasis in the Mojave desert with trees/vegetation & lots of unique birds. The upstream end of the preserves canyon is in the Mojave Desert, while its downstream portion goes into the Colorado Desert. We'll take a close look at some of the oldest exposed rock faces in North America at approx 2.7 billion years old & you'll also be able to reach out and touch a section of the Morongo Valley fault from the trail. After exploring the oasis part of the preserve we'll hike uphill about 200 ft. into the hills for beautiful views of nearby hills & mountains. We'll see Mt. Gorgonio the tallest mountain in Southern Cali at 11,503 feet & you'll also have glimpse of the San Jacinto Mountains that tower over Palm Springs. We'll head back downhill hike into the canyon for a bit before we return to where we started. Hopefully we'll see some animals too, I've seen lots of deer, jackrabbits, chipmunks & roadrunners. Winter is approaching so hopefully we'll see some Bighorn Sheep.

    Stop At:

    • Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, From I-10 take Route 62 to East Drive, Morongo Valley, CA
  • Departure Point :
    11165 Vale Dr, Morongo Valley, CA 92256, USA
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Hiking in lower parts of the preserve is easy & mainly flat, but we'll hike uphill about 200 ft. for better views of the area & mountains, so you'll need to be reasonably healthy & fit for going uphill & downhill. There are also sections of trail that are rough, uneven & have loose dirt.
    • Depending on the time of year there can be quite a lot of bees.
    • Please bring a face mask & be ready to put it on when near other hikers.
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • The trails in the lower parts of the preserve are easy & quite flat, but to get a view of the entire area with mountain views we'll hike uphill about 200 ft, so you should be healthy & fit for the uphill & downhill sections. There are some rough, uneven & loose sections of trail also.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Activity ID: V-138042P4

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