Big Morongo canyon is named after native Indian tribe and is very close to the famous Palm Springs in the Coachella Valley. This nature preserve is large and has well developed hiking trails. The Marsh Trail is a boardwalk and is suitable for wheelchair. There are various birds and animals to see depending on the time of day and season. Big Morongo preserve offers escape from the heat of the desert because of its elevation.
Entrance to Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is just off highway 62. It is open every day until sunset, gate opens at 7:30am. The kiosk near the entrance has a map of the trails and some brochures describing the birds, animal tracks and plants. The preserve has water and this is a major draw for all the animals in the surrounding desert. These desert springs make it possible for large trees to grow here. You will find lots of cottonwoods, willows, sycamores and of course California fan palms. Bird walks are excellent opportunity to learn from local guides about the wildlife. They usually happen every Wednesday and Saturday morning. Visit www.bigmorongo.org for more details and information about other events.
Most people are familiar with the name Morongo from driving along interstate 10 by Cabazon. There is a huge sign there inviting to visit Morongo casino and buffet. The visit to Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is a chance to learn more about the history of this area. The exhibits and brochures explain important facts about the nature, geology and people. This preserve helps us get closer to our roots, better understand fragility of the ecosystem. It also provides an excellent escape form the busy city life, opportunity to relax, cool off and wind down.
Date: 13.07.2018 by FPImages