Important Updates: Click here for CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 information



The City of Palm Desert is doing its part and we strongly encourage the public to join us in following all directives and recommendations from public health officials to help us “flatten the curve” and limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Social Distancing in Public Parks and Trails

  • Observe the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) minimum recommended social distancing of six feet (6’) from other persons at all times.
  • Do not use parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms, or have been exposed to anyone that has been exhibiting symptoms.
  • Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to visiting all parks and trails.
  • Be prepared for limited access to public restrooms, water fountains, playground equipment, sports courts, and other park equipment.
  • Share the trail and warn other trail users of your presence as you pass.
  • Click here for information about trail safety during COVID-19. 

If you have any questions related to the City’s parks and recreation during this time, please email


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.

Kathleen S. and G. George Fox Hiking Park
Inclusive of the Herb Jeffries Trail, the Fox Hiking Park provides open space that consists of several short, flat trails that dead end after a moderate distance. The Fox Hiking Park runs along the west side of the Palm Valley storm channel from behind Target south to Cahuilla Hills Park.

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 

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