It’s still autumn at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

Just a short post — A couple of days ago, our impromptu afternoon trip to Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, now part of Sand to Snow National Monument, turned out to have exceeded all my expectations. Fall colors were in full display. We just get to know the park and will definitely be back to explore more.

Fall colors in the Morongo Valley
Fall colors in the Morongo Valley

The Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is located between Palm Springs and the west entrance of Joshua Tree National Park. It’s only a 30-min drive from where we stay in Desert Hot Springs area. It’s free to park vehicles and use the Preserve. The park is closed at sunset. For this time of the year, we couldn’t stay much longer past 4:30 pm.

A map of Sand to Snow National Monument. Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is on the eastern part of the National Monument.
A map of Sand to Snow National Monument. Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is on the eastern part of the National Monument.
A map of trails in Big Morongo Canyon
A map of trails in Big Morongo Canyon. There is a longer hike (over 8 miles) that we would like to come back for.
The warm color of trees at the parking lot of the Preserve. I knew we were in for a beautiful walk.
The warm color of trees at the parking lot of the Preserve. I knew we were in for a beautiful walk.
Part of the trails is a boardwalk. It's the first week of December and the fall season is still going strong here.
Part of the trails is a boardwalk. It’s the first week of December and the fall season is still going strong here.
Marsh Trail
Marsh Trail
Trail winding through marshland
Trail winding through marshland
Sunset at Big Morongo Canyon
Sunset at Big Morongo Canyon
View from Yucca Ridge Trail
View from Yucca Ridge Trail
On our way back to Stimpy
On our way back to Stimpy

 

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