Palm Desert Outdoor Activities

Discover Palm Desert’s Great Outdoors

Palm Desert is known for its fun outdoor activities. Throughout the Palm Springs area, and the Coachella Valley, there are endless things to do outdoors. From beautiful Gardens on El Paseo to Desert Adventures’ Jeep Tours to Soak City Water Park, guests at Shadow Mountain Resort have access to tons of outdoor fun. We’ll help you plan an outdoor adventure that’s perfectly tailored to you and your family.

Exciting Activities for Active Guests

Shadow Mountain Resort, with its famous tennis facilities, often attracts active guests who like to do things outdoors. Our staff knows the Palm Springs Area, and we enjoy sharing our knowledge with you. On this page, you’ll find some the best outdoor activities near Shadow Mountain Resort.

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Mecca Hills Wilderness

Mecca Hills Wilderness

The Mecca Hills are a low mountain range largely influenced by the San Andreas Fault. Rock formations, some of which expose layers of eroded rock that date back more than 600 million years, create intricate canyons that make up the wilderness area. Mecca Hills Wilderness is a collection of small, narrow canyon walls, and rugged badlands.

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is famously known for its unique desert landscape, which is comprised of two distinct desert ecosystems. The Mojave and Colorado deserts meet in this national park, which is home to an extensive system of trails for hikers, bikers, and climbers.

Whitewater Preserve

Whitewater Preserve

The Whitewater Preserve is a favorite spot for the entire family, offering hiking trails and a refreshing swimming hole. The preserve is completely free to use and is open daily, Read more…

The Gardens on El Paseo

73-545 El Paseo,
Palm Desert CA 92260

The newly renovated outdoor mall features a variety of retail favorites such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany, Coach, Cole Haan, and Eileen Fisher, among others and unique dining options such as Wilma & Frieda, Tommy Bahama’s, Pacifica Seafood and Sullivans Steakhouse.

Sunnylands Center & Gardens

Succulent plants

Sunnylands is a place of beauty and wonder, meant to provide a meeting center where people can hold solution-driven community meetings to solve our most pressing problems. Sunnylands offers guided tours – perfect for romantic getaways and family trips.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Ascend two-and-a-half miles to the Mountain Station in a tram car! All the while you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking panoramic views. Once you arrive at the top there will be hiking trails, mountaintop dining and much more.

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

Giraffe at the Zoo

Giraffes, Trails, Gardens – Oh My! The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is just one mile from the resort and offers spectacular views, guided tours and more. They focus on conservation efforts, so you can be sure your money is going towards the wellbeing of the eco-system.

Children’s Discovery Museum

Family at Museum

This gem is a fun place to keep the kids entertained throughout the summer and year. Offering a ton of exhibits that children can interact with, like the “Imagine This!” exhibit, the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert is sure to please.