It is time for a winter getaway with the family! Taking an RV into the Palm Springs area is a great way to experience some of the best the desert valley has to offer. It is just plain fun to get out there on the open road and discover what is waiting for you. Whether it is some quiet solitude surrounded by the beauty of the San Jacinto Mountains or the special bonds that develop while hiking diverse landscapes with friends and family, you will find it all right here in and around Palm Springs.
The first thing to do while in town is take the Palm Springs Tram so you can see the vistas spread out before you of the Chino Canyon and the desert valley floor. The hiking trails at the top of the San Jacinto Mountains let you get into the groove of the area’s natural beauty.
A day trip that you may wish to take from Palm Springs is the one to Joshua Tree National Park. With 800,000 acres of high and low desert, you will see how very special this spot is. When you visit, you’ll be impressed with the unique animal and plant life. Winter is the perfect season to come. Summer is impossible as it is far too hot to enjoy.
If you love to go wine tasting, you will get the chance by driving Highway 74 over the mountains. This part of the Pines to Palms Scenic Byway gives you incredible views before it takes you down into Temecula Valley with lots of wineries and delicious wine tasting.
From Highway 74, take Highway 243 to Idyllwild. You will enjoy this mountain town. Just ensure the weather will permit a trip here in an RV. Check the road conditions first. If the weather permits, you are going to get some wonderful views from the overlooks and there are plenty of outdoor activities for the entire family.
Another side trip you may wish to take is a drive to the inland sea – the Salton Sea. Visit the wildlife refuges that surround the sea, go hiking, and even try some kayaking if you dare. Once you’ve finished exploring, you can head to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for some great off-roading. This is a magical place with hundreds of miles of trails and wildlife everywhere.
Not far from Palm Springs there is a preserve that is an important place to visit. At Thousand Palms Preserve you are in a lovely area with streams, a lake, and more nature to enjoy. This preserve is part of the Coachella Valley Preserve and is a great place for a picnic. Bring along your camera gear as you will discover a number of photo opportunities. This is true of the entire trip.
Use Palm Springs as your base of operations for this winter vacation and take your time to enjoy each spot to the utmost.