Palm Desert offers a variety of trails for hiking enthusiasts as well as those who simply love the outdoors and the rich history of Palm Desert and the Santa Rosa San Jacinto National Monument.

Hopalong Cassidy Trail
American movie and television cowboy icon Hopalong Cassidy was portrayed by Palm Desert resident William Boyd.  Mr. Boyd was known for giving his “Hoppy” wooden nickels to children, and teaching them his tips on good citizenship (known as “Hoppy’s Creed”).  The Trail was dedicated on January 31, 2004 by his widow, Grace Bradley Boyd, who said that “Hoppy and Topper would have loved the trail and encouraged everyone to enjoy it and practice trail safety.”

Randall Henderson Trail
Randall Henderson was instrumental in the development of Palm Desert.  An author, desert explorer, and early visionary, he realized the area's potential and began to document its history and growth in The Desert Magazine, a periodical he published from the 1930’s through the 1960’s.  The Randall Henderson Trail was dedicated on February 5, 2005, by family members.

Herb Jeffries Trail
This trail is a tribute to the legendary “Bronze Buckaroo,” Herb Jeffries, a film star and recording artist who, in the era of popular western movies, created a cowboy hero for African Americans.  Mr. Jeffries, a former Palm Desert resident, performed and spoke at the trail dedication on April 2, 2005.

To view a comprehensive trail map of the entire Coachella Valley, including the National Monument, visit one of the following websites:

Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

Friends of the Desert Mountains 

Wilderness Society


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