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East Indio Hills New Trail Clean Up and development
In observance of National Public Lands Day, come join local groups and agencies working on our newest trail getting ready for the grand opening soon. Free T-shirt and ice cream while they last.
7:30 AM Meet at PetsMart Palm Springs, Ramon/Crossley- Click Here for Map
Contact Scott Connelly, email click here
Get ready for Thanksgiving with a hike to a Palm Oasis. This is one our best natural areas which is habitat to a variety of desert vegetation and wildlife. Mountain/canyon views, and overlooking Palm Springs in the distance. The turnaround point features a waterfall at a Palm Oasis.
Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (2 to 3 liters recommended), trail snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended.
Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE).
Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.
Location/directions: Parking will be at the south end of the South Lykken trailhead. Ample parking along the west side of South Palm Canyon Dr. near the bridge.
Map Trailhead parking
Contact Hike Leader: Sherwood C. Email
Inclement weather may cancel.
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike.
This will be a 10 to 12 mile bike loop. Start your Thanksgiving Day with a bike ride around Palm Springs.
The ride will start at 10:00 am at Tahquitz Creek Golf parking lot near the sign at the entrance: Map
Riders are encouraged to wear helmets. You may also wish to bring a tire pump, spare tire tube, maintenance tools, water, sunscreen.
Contact: Scott Connelly EMAIL
KEYS RANCH - RANGER GUIDED TOUR
One of the many wonders of Joshua Tree National Park is the historic Keys Ranch. It is the prime example of early settlement in the Joshua Tree National Park area. Bill Keys was the area's leading character, and his ranch is a symbol of the resourcefulness of early settlers. Early California history and colorful life stories are revealed during this Ranger guided tour. The site also has archaeological features that tells us about the lives of the early native Americans who inhabited this area. The ranch house, school house, store, and workshop still stand; the orchard has been replanted; and the grounds are full of the cars, trucks, mining equipment, and spare parts that are a part of the Desert Queen Ranch story.
Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling. Distance to trailhead is 50 miles.
Registration note: The initial sign up is for members only. Registration will be open to nonmembers and guest in two weeks. Sign up early while there is still space available.
No refunds since we make advance payment to the NPS.
Contact Hike Leader: Scott Connelly: EMAIL
Click here Photos previous hike
Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.
GOPS HOLIDAY PARTY
Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 - 5 to 9 PM
Please join us for the annual Great Outdoors Holiday Party. This special event will be held at the Broken Yolk Cafe at 262 S. PALM CANYON DR. PALM SPRINGS, CA 92262 (click here for directions). Great Outdoors will have exclusive use of the Broken Yolk Cafe during this event.
Registration for this event is limited to GOPS members and their guest only. The attendance will be limited to 80 people. Non-members may register after Nov. 29th (if space is available).
We will provide a buffet-style dinner that includes appetizers, turkey, ham and vegetarian main courses, with many side dishes and desserts. Additionally, a full-service cash bar will be available for all beverages (alcohol and soft drinks). We will also have an ever-popular gift exchange, moderated by a special guest. If you choose to participate in this optional event, please keep the gift value to about $20.
The cost to members for this event is $12 per person. Guests (non GOPS members) may register for $20 per person. Payment must be made at time of registration. As part of the registration process, please choose a category to provide one of the following:
1. A vegetable side dish
2. A dessert
3. Help with checking-in people, setup or cleanup.
Payments - Although a PayPal screen will appear requesting payment via PayPal, you can scroll down on that screen and pay with a credit card without needing a PayPal account.
Refunds: There are NO REFUNDS for this event. Payment must be made online at the time of registration. We may cancel unpaid registrations in order to allow others on the waitlist to attend.
For questions, please contact David Warren via email (SocialEventsCoordinator-PS@GreatOutdoors.org) or call/text (760) 818-3696.
FARM TOUR - HOT SPRINGS - CARROT FESTIVAL
SUNRISE ON THE FARM. Start your day with a warm breakfast followed by a hay-wagon tour of the UC Desert Research Center. Tour will include U-Pick fresh vegetable harvesting, door prizes, and information on Imperial Valley's top 10 commodities. Mid day we will visit the nearby Holtville hot springs. Bring your bathing shorts and towel for a soak in the hot springs. Bring Lunch for a picnic at the hot springs. Next stop will be downtown Holtville for the annual Carrot Festival and Street Fair.
Meeting Location: 6:30 AM Meet at PetsMart Palm Springs Ramon/Crossley for 6:30 AM departure
Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling. Distance is 109 miles, 2 hrs. travel
FARM SMART tours offer a unique experience covering agriculture in Imperial Valley. The tours also showcase research being done at UC Desert Research and Extension Center. The Imperial Valley is a hidden treasure in the United States. Due to the warm climate and water accessibility, there are hundreds of different plant varieties that flourish in the desert atmosphere. While the fertile desert houses university research and plant variety development—few seem to know the incredible impact the Imperial Valley has on the agricultural industry.
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