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Dogs in the desert

If you and your dog are the outdoorsy types, you’ll find plenty of trails to enjoy in Greater Palm Springs. Dog-friendly trails let you explore the natural sights (and smells) of this desert oasis, whether you’re walking along a babbling creek in a nature preserve or tackling a steep incline for picturesque views of the desert floor.

Read on to discover the top five dog-friendly hiking trails in Greater Palm Springs. Check out the new dog-friendly Greater Palm Springs hiking website here.

1. Whitewater Canyon Loop Trail

A dog-friendly favorite, this beginner trail lets you get up close and personal with the beauty of Greater Palm Springs, from desert landscapes to rolling rivers and spectacular views of colorful spring wildflowers.

2. Homestead Trail

A glowing cross hovers above Palm Desert come nightfall, and the dog-friendly Homestead Trail (AKA “The Cross Hike”) will take you right to it. This moderate hike rewards you with sweeping views of the Coachella Valley.

3. Palm Springs Museum Trail

This two-mile trail tucked behind the Palm Springs Art Museum offers a great workout for you and Fido, with valley views at the top, to boot.

4. South Lykken Trail

A local favorite, this Palm Springs trail gets your blood pumping as you hike beside incredible rocks and boulders before discovering views of Tahquitz Canyon at the peak.

5. Mission Creek Preserve

Discover a private slice of paradise at Mission Creek Preserve. Gorgeous views include desert scenery and stone structures, plus your pup will enjoy the namesake Mission Creek.

Posted on: June 29, 2022

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