A unique oasis in the desert known internationally for its bird life, this 31,000-acre preserve has boardwalks through its lush oasis and marsh, with enjoyable trails that hug canyon bottoms and rise up across scenic desert slopes.
Nestled within the western extension of the Little San Bernardino Mountains, the 31,000-acre Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is in the heart of the Sand to Snow National Monument. The area is especially high in natural diversity due to its location within a transition zone between the Mojave and Colorado Deserts. The Preserve includes an internationally recognized desert oasis and marsh that is one of the 10 largest cottonwood and willow riparian (stream) habitats in California. It is also identified by the Audubon Society as one of the most important avian habitat areas in California.
Located approximately 15 miles north of Palm Springs, this oasis is just off Hwy 62 on East Drive in Morongo Valley. Trails vary from easy, full-access boardwalks, to gentle to moderate dirt trails, with some steep trail sections on several trails.
SummerTree offers engaging natural history walking tours of this special wildlife preserve. Join us to learn about the native plants, migrant and resident birds, indigenous wildlife, and history of this lush oasis as we guide you through woodlands, marshes, and desert habitats that converge in Big Morongo Canyon to provide an intriguing biodiversity of species.
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