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Things To Do in the Desert

Desert Activities Overview

Desert

Fun things to do in the California Desert include a Jeep tour through Death Valley National Park, riding the Palm Springs Tram from the desert floor to the top of one of California's tallest peaks, riding a train at an abandoned silver mine turned tourist attraction, floating in a hot air balloon over the Coachella Valley and more fun activities. Palm Springs is world-renowned for its many championship golf courses. Whether it be a stroll on horseback or soaring in a glider plane, the California Desert has plenty of fun things to do.

Things To Do in Death Valley

Death Valley Jeep Rentals is located in Furnace Creek directly across the road from the luxurious Furnace Creek Inn. Farabee's offers 2-door and 4-door Jeeps for rent by the day for exploring the hundreds of miles of back roads throughout Death Valley National Park. Pick up your Jeep from their location or arrange to have it dropped off where you're staying. Jeeps are fully equipped for the desert environment including oversize tires, upgraded suspension, air conditioning, GPS and more. They even include a cooler full of ice, 4x4 instruction and trip planning.

Farabee's Jeep Rentals
Furnace Creek Inn
Furnace Creek, Death Valley, CA 92328
(877) 970-5337

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Death Valley Mountain Bike Rentals are available at the Furnace Creek Ranch next to the General Store. Both mountain bike rentals and tours are available. Rent bikes for half-day or full, or join a tour through Artists Palette Drive or a downhill run from Hell's Gate.

Furnace Creek Cyclery
Furnace Creek Ranch
Furnace Creek, Death Valley, CA 92328
(760) 786-2345

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Things To Do in Palm Springs

Photo Courtesy of Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism

The Palm Springs Tram is located off Highway 111 in Palm Springs. Ride two and a half miles in the world's largest rotating tram cars. Climb from the desert floor at 2,600 feet to over 8,500 feet in under 30 minutes. At the top is a restaurant overlooking the entire desert region and a winter adventure center where cross-country skis and snowshoes are rented. Popular activities include sightseeing, hiking and primitive camping.

TIP: The hiking trails ascend to San Jacinto Peak, the second highest peak in Southern California. Continue on the trails to the wonderful mountain community of Idyllwild. The Tram to Idyllwild hike is approximately 17 miles.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
One Tramway Road
Palm Springs, California 92262
(888) 515-8726

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Palm Springs Jeep tours are available from Desert Adventures, which is located off Interstate 10 in Cathedral City. They offer a variety of group tours and activities including Jeep eco-tours. Navigate back roads and canyons where no other vehicle can. View the wildlife and fauna in its natural surroundings.

Desert Adventures
67555 E. Palm Canyon Drive
Cathedral City, California 92234
(760) 324-5337

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Adventure Hummer Tours offers several desert tours from the Palm Springs region. Join a tour to Joshua Tree National Park that only traverses the less traveled back roads. Follow the San Andreas Fault into the backcountry of Joshua Tree. Take a Palms to Vines Tour to Temecula for wine tasting. The Palm Springs Tour includes stops at former celebrity homes, windmills and date gardens for a date shake.

Adventure Hummer Tours
42335 Washington Street
Palm Desert, CA 92211
(760) 285-0876

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Big Wheel Tours offers Jeep, mountain bike and hiking tours throughout the Palm Springs region and Joshua Tree National Park. They also offer rentals of high performance mountain bikes, road bikes, comfort bikes and kids bikes that they'll deliver to your hotel. Discover places like Earthquake Canyon, Painted Fault, Indian Canyons, Ladder Canyon and Little Grand Canyon and more.

Big Wheel Tours
44700 Santa Anita Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 779-1837

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Photo Courtesy of Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism

Palm Springs ATV rentals are available from OffRoad Rentals, which is located off Highway 111. Rent a 4-wheel ATV (Quad) from OffRoad Rentals and ride the sands of a private ranch. All safety equipment and instruction is provided.

OffRoad Rentals
59511 US Highway 111
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 325-0376

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Float above the Coachella Valley in a vibrant colored hot air balloon. Take in the views of vineyards, polo fields, world famous golf courses, exotic orchards and Southern California's tallest mountain peaks. Meet other visitors in the 7-guest basket, or reserve a "Sweetheart" flight for just you and that special someone. Balloons above the Desert is located off Interstate 10 and Jackson Street in Indio.

Balloons Above the Desert
83232 East Avenue 44
Indio, California 92201
(760) 347-0410

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Float above the Coachella Valley in a rainbow colored hot air balloon. Take in the views of vineyards, polo fields, world famous golf courses, exotic orchards and Southern California's tallest mountain peaks. Join them for a group flight, private flight, proposal flight or any special occasion. Celebrate your successful flight with mimosas, fresh fruit and pastries.

HAVNFUN Hot Air Ballooning
78710 Naranja Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92211
(760) 646-8884

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Things To Do in Anza-Borrego

Soar in a wind propelled glider above the Anza-Borrego Desert with Sky Sailing. Gliders are towed to high altitudes by a motored plane and released to ride the natural wind currents. Enjoy views all the way from the Pacific Ocean to Arizona and Mexico. Flights depart from the Warner Springs Ranch Airport approximately 20-miles west of Borrego Springs.

Sky Sailing
31930 Highway 79
Warner Springs, California 92086
(760) 782-0404

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Bike Borrego is located in Borrego Springs off Highway 78, east of San Diego. Bike Borrego is a full service bike shop offering rentals of mountain bikes, road bikes and hybrid bikes. Head out on the desolate highway of the Anza-Borrego desert or go off trail and explore the multitude of slot canyons and vista bluffs. They have bikes and sizes for the whole family and every rental includes a helmet.

Bike Borrego
583 Palm Canyon Drive
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
(760) 767-4255

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Things To Do in Havasu

Lake Havasu is located on the California border with Arizona between Highways 40 and 62. This is the only Arizona address on this website since most of the population along this lake is in Arizona. Houseboating, speed boating, water skiing, fishing, sunbathing and people watching are the main activities on Lake Havasu. The actual 'London Bridge' was moved here and rebuilt in Lake Havasu City. This is a very popular destination for college students and partiers during the Spring and Summer breaks. This is a great place to water ski or learn to if you've never done it before.

Lake Havasu Tourism
314 London Bridge Road
Lake Havasu City, Arizona 86403
(800) 242-8278

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All Regions

Horseback Riding is available from Death Valley to Anza Borrego. Find a hidden oasis, navigate the endless canyons of the Badlands or just head out across the desert in search of native wildlife. MORE DETAILS


Lakes offer boating, fishing, water-skiing and more can be found throughout the Desert region from Lone Pine to Needles. Many of these lakes offer camping with some even offering houseboat rentals. Lake Havasu is one of California's largest lakes and can be found on the Arizona border. MORE DETAILS


Golf courses are abundant in the Desert region from Bishop to Borrego Springs. The world-renowned golf courses of Palm Springs offer links courses, championship courses, executive courses and more. MORE DETAILS


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