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Your Trek Travel guides and our Yogascapes wellness coach will meet you at the Colony Palms Hotel at 8:00 AM on the first day of the trip. After a 30-minute private shuttle, you'll arrive at the Whitewater Preserve. It's one of the greenest spots in the desert you've ever seen, with a quiet sparkling river that bisects the grounds. After a short round of introductions with a welcome elixir and locally sourced snacks, your guides will then discuss the rules of bike safety and specific cycling tips for riding in the Coachella Valley before familiarizing you with your Trek bicycle and ensuring a comfortable fit. Then, you'll head out on a ride back to town with the option to add the climb up to the aerial tramway station, a climb once featured in the Tour of California. Take a break from the bike to enjoy lunch at Palm Greens Cafe, a local and natural foods restaurant located in downtown Palm Springs featuring fresh-pressed green juices and grass-fed beef. After lunch, you'll take a short stroll around the Moorten Botanical Garden where you can see and begin to learn about all of the local cacti growing outside and inside their one-of-a-kind "Cacterium." Then you'll ride a few miles back to the hotel where you can take some time to relax before joining the group for a welcome circle and recovery stretch prior to the first social hour of the trip. Tonight you will raise a glass at the stylish Truss & Twine, during which your guides will fill you in on the details of the days to come. This first evening’s dinner will take place at Birba, a local establishment featuring fresh Italian dishes and conveniently located one block from the hotel.
Whitewater Preserve to Botanical Garden
Approximately 22 miles with 125 feet of climbing
Whitewater Preserve to Botanical Garden with Tramway Climb
Approximately 29 miles with 1,600 feet of climbing
Visit Moorten Botanical Garden or participate in an optional yoga class
Colony Palms Hotel
Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
Today we'll get acquainted with Joshua Tree National Park. Our day starts with an 80-minute shuttle to the Jumbo Rocks campground. Be prepared to experience a landscape unlike any you have seen before if today is your first visit to this exquisite park. After our yoga instructor leads a brief warm-up stretch, we’ll board our bikes and ride 14 miles to the Cholla Cactus Garden for a chance to hike through the cactus that can bite back. Along the way stop for a quick walk at White Tank to see Arch Rock and wander among the immense granite boulders. The ride from the cactus garden to Cottonwood through the Pinto Basin is a long gradual climb as you head toward the south entrance of the park. We'll all meet for a healthy boxed lunch and another chance to stretch before shuttling back to the hotel-- this afternoon's shuttle will take about 1 hour. Relax at the hotel with a good book by the pool or opt for a recovery yoga session, then prepare for a group dinner at Workshop Kitchen. Located in the Uptown Palm Springs Design District on North Palm Drive just steps from our hotel, this 2015 James Beard Award-winning restaurant for best restaurant design features a market-driven menu comprised of seasonal food highlights harvested from local farms.
Jumbo Rocks to Cottonwood
Approximately 34 miles with 1,780 feet of climbing
Jumbo Rocks to Cholla Cactus Garden
Approximately 14 miles with 300 feet of climbing
Participate in an optional yoga class
Colony Palms Hotel
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
We have a quintessentially Palm Springs day in store. Our morning begins with optional sunrise yoga led by our instructor, followed by an on-bike tour of the world-renowned architecture of Palm Springs with local architecture expert Trevor O'Donnell. This relaxed morning ride will showcase the history and culture surrounding mid-century modern architecture in southern California as we pass by celebrity homes of then and now. After taking in Trevor's expertise, you may choose to add a few more miles through the wind farm north of town, or simply head into downtown Palm Springs for lunch on your own. This afternoon offers a chance to shop, visit museums, head out to Tahquitz Canyon for a hike or simply enjoy a massage at the hotel spa (please note that spa visits are not included in the price of your trip). Take some time to rest up before our final activity of the day: an optional pre-dinner aerial tram ride up to Mount San Jacinto State Park—temperatures at the top of the tram can be up to 30 degrees cooler than the valley below so bring a jacket to take in the mesmerizing views! Or opt for a visit to Two Bunch Palms for a refreshing elixir and a soak in the hot springs that this area is famous for. There's nothing like soaking in hot springs for an hour to help your body recover and soak up all of the benefits of a day well spent in nature. Dinner tonight is on your own, in the heart of the city.
Palm Springs Historic Loop
Approximately 15 miles with 500 feet of climbing
Palm Springs Wind Farm Return
Approximately 32 miles with 1335 feet of climbing
Private Guided Architecture Tour and Aerial Tramway Ride or participate in an additional yoga class
Colony Palms Hotel
Today we will enjoy the northern side of Joshua Tree National Park, with a ride through some of the most notable areas of the park and plenty of chances to see the iconic Joshua Tree. You’ll have another opportunity to enjoy rise and shine yoga to start the day before a one-hour shuttle to the Oasis Visitor's Center in Twentynine Palms, where you can decide where you would like for your ride to begin. If you're feeling up for a climb to start the day, you can begin at the park's North Entrance Station. Alternatively, you may choose to begin at Skull Rock and take a moment to explore the nature trail here before taking off on your ride. Ascend to Keys View, which offers an amazing view of the valley, including a panorama of mountain ranges and the San Andreas Fault. Historically, this area was a favorite hideout of cattle rustlers and there are plenty of natural rock outcroppings guaranteed to amaze. We'll then make our way to Hidden Valley and eventually to the town of Joshua Tree to enjoy lunch at a local cafe and stroll around this funky town. From there we'll shuttle an hour back to our hotel. Then, it's time to channel your inner Sinatra for a social hour from the Mini Bar in the captivating lobby of the Parker Palm Springs. For dinner, you’ll part the velvet curtains of Mister Parker's, a classic Rat Pack throwback and French dining experience you are sure to remember.
Skull Rock to Joshua Tree with Keys View
Approximately 35 miles with 1,475 feet of climbing
Twentynine Palms to Joshua Tree with Keys View
Approximately 42 miles with 2,910 feet of climbing
Participate in an optional yoga class
Colony Palms Hotel
Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
Sadly, it's one more for the road as we say goodbye to the swanky life in Palm Springs. Opt for a final morning yoga session, or take a spin through the south side of town and onto the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation for a view of Palm Canyon. This sacred land has been home to the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians for nearly 5,000 years and supplied the original namesake for the Palm Springs region. Afterwards, we'll ride back to the hotel for final goodbyes and departure to the Palm Springs International Airport.
Indian Canyons Loop
Approximately 16 miles with 540 feet of climbing
Colony Palms Hotel
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See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.
Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride" options.
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend you fly into Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) which was named one of "America's Most Stress-Free Airports" by Smarter Travel.
Palm Springs International Airport is located two miles east of downtown Palm Springs. Taxis run regularly to and from downtown Palm Springs for about $15, and take about 10-15 minutes.
Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Colony Palms Hotel (572 North Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California 92262) at 8:00 AM on the first day of the trip. Please arrive dressed in your cycling clothes with your cycling gear easily accessible in a daybag, separate from your luggage. Please bring along some clothes and shoes for exploring the Moorten Botanical Garden in your daybag as well. After you meet your guides you will be shuttled 30 minutes to the Whitewater Preserve where your guides will lead a short round of introductions and give an orientation and safety talk. They will make sure you have a comfortable fit on your bike before heading out on today's ride.
If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our hotel, the Colony Palms Hotel (760 969 1800) and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. A taxi from the airport to the hotel will cost approximately $15.View our pre hotel recommendations
Your guides will shuttle you from the Colony Palms Hotel at 11:00 AM to the Palm Springs International Airport, arriving at approximately 11:15 AM.View our post hotel recommendations
You can expect very warm weather in September, with mid-day temperatures in the upper 90s and cooling off at night into the low 70s in Palm Springs. Daytime temperatures are 30-40 degrees cooler at the top of the aerial tramway and 10-15 degrees cooler on the north side of Joshua Tree National Park, where you will spend time on Day 2 and Day 4. Since the weather can vary greatly from week to week we strongly suggest checking the weather forecast right before your trip so you can pack appropriately. For this Special Edition Yogascapes trip, please plan on bringing your own yoga mat to use throughout the week. Packing List
The desert unfolds into an oasis, both quirky and stylish, rustic and glam. Palm Springs is a lesson in history, architecture, art, Hollywood and the birth of the cool. Here, eclectic artists, hipsters, naturists, retirees and those simply looking for a weekend escape from Los Angeles blend on the streets, in the stylish restaurants and around the inviting pools and gardens of chic hotels. There's no place like Palm Springs and we think that's a fantastic reason to visit. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and post-trip hotel:
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Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.
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