Birding · Geological Significance · Historical Significance
Indian Canyons is a natural area managed by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and requires a small fee for access.
Need to Know
The Indian Canyon area is managed by the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians, who charge an entrance fee (currently $9) that contributes to the management of the trail area and is well worth the spend. Parking can get tight on weekends and holidays, but there are multiple overflow lots a short run from the main trailhead.
This run starts at the Indian Canyon trading post and initially follows the Palm Canyon Trail
. The loop can be run in either direction but is most enjoyable as recommended direction, connecting the Palm Canyon Trail
to the Vandeventer Trail
then descending the Fern Canyon trail. Once off the Palm Canyon Trail
, you'll see very few people, even on a crowded day. Footing is packed dirt singletrack and flat sandy gravel in the washes.
When combined with Vandeventer Trail
, this is a beautiful loop. Start at the Indian Canyon trading post heading south on the Palm Canyon Trail
, then head up and east on the Vandeventer Trail
onto well-maintained, rolling singletrack through a desert plateau that turns north and back west to descend through the dry Fern Canyon wash and several small palm groves back to the trading post. The start and end of the trail feature 500 feet apiece of moderate climb and descent.
Flora & Fauna
Cactus, sage, and other desert plants abound. Watch for cactus encroaching on the trail — ouch! Saw lots of desert birds but none of the elusive resident mountain lions, coyotes, or bighorn sheep.
Shared By: Matthew Irwin