Whitewater Preserve

Located about 14 miles north east of Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, the Whitewater Preserve is a perfect getaway from the southern California desert heat. At Coachella Valley, the sun is brutal all the time except for winter. Last summer it got up to 122ºF in Palm Springs.

Take exit 114 off the I-10, head north on Whitewater Canyon Dr and one can enjoy the stunning view of wildflowers blooming along the dusty winding road.

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Even though it’s already April but there’s still snow on Mt San Jacinto.

The surrounding area is windy all year round so you can also see a lot of windmills.

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Just as the road’s name suggest, the view of the canyons is spectacular:

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At the end of the road, roll down your car window to enjoy the refreshing air because there’s a river right there. Yes you heard it right, there is a small river flowing year round in the middle of the desert.

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Going into the preserve, the first thing that get my attention after parking my car (there’s a lot of parking spaces in the back even though the sign at the entrance says otherwise) is the pond. Lot of ponds.

They have fishes too. The water in the ponds looks ultra mega clear.

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After taking a walk around, this strange hut caught my attention:

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There are many areas with plenty of shade in case you got tired and wanna sit down. There’s even a picnic area with tables and chairs for families too.

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For those that wanna get adventurous, there are a few trails in the preserve to satisfy your hunger for hiking but be careful. There’s a sign that warns visitors of snakes and mountain lions. And the sun is brutal too.

On my way out I saw a large group of children, probably elementary students, jumping around and playing in one of the shallow ponds. Look like a fun place for families with small kids.

P/s:  Just right after entering the freeway, I saw a rest area with stunning view of the San Jacinto.

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P/s 2: The preserve opens daily from 8a.m. to 5p.m.

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After the sun set, it rises again…

Well, as the title said, the sun set today and rises again the next day bringing light to life on Earth.

The Palm Desert Cross Trail is one of my favorite trails because it’s not too long and too steep. It’s only an hour round trip. It’s also near my place. You can work up some sweat and enjoy a panoramic view of the whole Coachella Valley in Southern California. Hiking early in the morning (5-6am) will give you something like this:

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It was worth the effort. Well, the air is fresher and you can burn some extra calories. Also, at this time of the year, there are the BNP Paribas Open Tennis Tournament and Coachella Music and Arts Festival with lots of international tourists and Hollywood stars visiting the area. A perfect weekend getaway in the winter and spring.

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The pics is from one of my biweekly hiking trips last summer. During March, the scenery is greener with wildflowers blooming along the trail.

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If you want to get a better panorama (elevation 8,516 feet), take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway located only a couple of miles away from downtown Palm Springs.