Descanso Resort
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Over 70 years ago, movie stars, producers, and agents began escaping to the desert to take a break from the chaos of show business. Today, Hollywood makes its presence felt here in a whole new way, with a casual yet modern take on the legendary style of that time, updated for the savvy traveler of today.

This is Descanso, a newly refurbished, completely reimagined men’s resort in Palm Springs. Here, the lush garden blooms, the pool water sparkles, and more than one guest has been known to extend his stay. “The ambience says “California garden patio.” Your inner voice will say “What took you so long?”

Let our seamless blend of indoor/outdoor living, our casual refinement, and a welcoming Hollywood Moderne vibe bring a fresh perspective to your next desert getaway. You can almost hear Cary calling you back to the pool.

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Essentials

We will transport you with:

  • Fenced property for ultimate privacy and relaxation
  • Meticulous grounds featuring native plants and palms
  • Heated salt water swimming pool and outdoor spa
  • Outdoor mist cooling system
  • Luxurious poolside sun beds
  • Poolside garden shower
  • Communal fire pit
  • Continental BREAKFAST
  • Complimentary ‘stay & splash’ poolside LUNCH 
  • Cantina with complimentary snacks and beverages
  • Weekend ‘Wine O’Clock’ Happy Hour
  • Multi-speed city bicycles
  • Fast Wi-Fi with high-speed Internet
  • King-size beds
  • Refrigerator, iron, electronic safe and hairdryer in every room
  • Gilchrest & Soames luxury bath products
  • Overnight off-street parking
  • On-site electric vehicle chargers
  • Complimentary snack bag upon arrival
  • So-close-you-can-almost-touch-them mountain views
  • And of course, the attentive and personable Descanso Staff!
Essentials
  • On-site electric vehicle chargers
  • Complimentary snack bag upon arrival
  • So-close-you-can-almost-touch-them mountain views
  • And of course, the attentive and personable Descanso Staff!

ROOMS

Descanso features spacious rooms accommodating the needs of discerning guests. Have questions? Just email or call us at 760-320-1928. We’re sure we can make suitable arrangements. Please note, all rooms are non-smoking.

Balcony Room: Upper-Level room featuring one king bed. Mountain views. Maximum two guests.

Balcony Suite: Upper-Level room featuring one king bed and daybed. Mountain views. Maximum three guests.

Balcony Deluxe Suite: Upper-Level one bedroom suite featuring one king bed and daybed. Spacious bathroom with free-standing tub. Mountain Views. Maximum three guests.

Balcony Deluxe Suite: Upper-Level one bedroom suite featuring one king bed and daybed. Spacious bathroom with free-standing tub. Mountain Views. Maximum three guests.

Poolside Room: Features one king bed. Maximum two guests.

Poolside Suite: Features one king bed and daybed. Maximum three guests.

About Us

ABOUT US

Created by a seasoned team of hoteliers, Descanso is reminiscent of their own favorite escapes: serene, comfortable, and effortlessly sophisticated. Our trained hospitality staff, led by General Manager Charles Zalepeski, hold advanced degrees in Pampering.

If you have any questions or would simply like information before you arrive, please feel free to e-mail us. We are here to make your vacation the very best it can be.

Please take a look at our complete portfolio of distinguished properties in Palm Springs, including Santiago Resort and Twin Palms Resort.

If you have questions, special requests, or just need to hear the sound of relaxation, contact us anytime. We’re glad to help.


760-320-1928

Descanso Resort
288 E Camino Monte Vista
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Rates
Rates are for single/double occupancy. Extra person charge is $55 per person per day. All rates are subject to a 12.5% local government room tax.

Resort Fee
A $16.00 per day resort fee covers all hotel amenities.

Check-In/Check Out
Check-in time is between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm daily. Early check-in requests cannot be guaranteed but will be accommodated when possible. Arrivals after 5:00 pm are “self-check-in.” 

Check-out time is 11:00 am.

Reservations
Reservations require a one-night Advance Payment (deposit). The balance of the stay will be charged upon arrival using the same credit card as the advance payment. Early departures constitute a cancellation. Changes to your reservation will be considered a cancellation and new booking.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made 14 days prior to arrival will receive a full refund of the Advance Payment (deposit). Cancellations made less than 14 days prior to arrival will result in forfeiture of the Advance Payment (deposit).

Parking
Parking is for registered guests only.

Pool
The swimsuit-optional Pool and Spa are open 24/7. No glass is allowed anywhere in the pool & spa area. In consideration of other guests, no noise or music after 10:00 pm.

Minimum Age
Sorry, Descanso is not appropriate for guests under 18.

Pets
Certified ADA Service Animals are allowed on the property (no pet fee.)

Certified E.S. Animals are allowed on the property with advance notice ($100 pet fee applies.)

Smoking
With the exception of designated areas, all rooms and outdoor areas are non-smoking. A $200 cleaning fee will be charged for smoking inside a room.

Visitors
Please feel free to show visitors around the property, but understand that the use of the property is for registered guests only. There is limited space intended exclusively for our guests.

OOHS & AAHS

We’re going to make you glad you decided to stay with us. Like these guys are.

Oohs & Aahs

“What a magical place! The large rooms, crystal clear pool and landscaped grounds are all absolutely beautiful. Every detail has been so thoughtfully designed. Truly one of the most delightful boutique hotels my husband and I have ever experienced.”

“An amazing stay at Descanso. I’m not sure I’ve ever relaxed so completely. Attention to detail shows everywhere. And the staff is so friendly and welcoming. I can’t wait to book my next stay.”

“Glorious mornings mesmerized by the mountain views. Warm nights spent moving between dips into the spa and the firepit. And days spent sunning by the pool on some of the most comfortable lounge chairs ever. With breakfast (and lunch!) provided, we barely left the resort.”

See full reviews and our ranking at  TripAdvisor

STAFF PICKS

1501 Uptown Gastropub

A new lively casual dining environment with elevated pub cuisine, crafty cocktails, and artisan draft beers. 1501 is open for dinner only, seven nights a week, and open late on weekends. Also, open for Saturday and Sunday Brunch. Reservations recommended. (4 minute walk from from the hotel) 760-320-1501
1501uptown.com

533 Viet Fusion

A very thoughtfully created menu of delicious modern Vietnamese-inspired food – from pho to a spring roll bar, paired with unique twists on classic cocktails, beer, and wine. This South Palm Springs hip dining room is a guest favorite for both food and decor. 760-778-6595
533vietfusion.com

Al Dente

Downtown Italian-Tuscan restaurant that has a cozy patio with twinkling lights and is great for people-watching. Everything is homemade with the freshest of ingredients beginning with flavorful antipasti, fresh salads, and a variety of soups and made-from-scratch pasta. Open Late on weekends, until 10 PM. 760-325-1160
aldentepalmsprings.com

Azúcar Restaurant @ La Serena Villas

Farm-to-table Spanish and Mediterranean-inspired menu. A beautiful poolside dining area, and also a roof deck dining with spectacular mountain views. A guest favorite! Reservations recommended. 844-932-8044
azucarpalmsprings.com

Bill’s Pizza

With great takes on classics and clever specialty pizzas, this local pizzeria is highly regarded by locals and visitors alike. Gluten-free and vegetarian options. 760-325-5571
billspizzapalmsprings.com

Billy Reeds

Opened in 1975! Billy Reeds is considered by many a true comfort food haven here in Palm Springs, complete with kitschy red velvet wallpaper interior. Billy’s grandmother taught him all her secret family recipes, specializing in Sunday dinner classics, and her award-winning baking recipes that are all still made fresh daily. (.4 miles from the hotel) 760-325-1946
billyreedsps.com

Birba

Amazing farm to table Italian, homemade pastas, Neapolitan pizzas, small plates, killer cocktails. Outdoor dining only. Open until 10 PM. Weekends will be busy! (.7 miles from the hotel) 760-327-5678
birbaps.com

Blackbook

Besides being a super-hip cocktail bar, with a perfect ‘people watching’ open patio, they also serve yummy bar food until ‘late’ every day.
Happy Hour everyday 4-6 PM. 760-832-8497
blackbookbar.com

Bongo Johnny’s

Most famous for breakfast, brunch, and hamburgers. They also have a great menu of comfort food, salads, etc. Very casual. One of the great services at Bongo Johnny’s is they deliver hot and fresh, for free, right to the hotel.  So if you decide you want to have some food brought in, and do not want to use a delivery app, this is a great alternative option. 760-318-3960
bongojohnnys.com

Canopy Wine Lounge

As the first high-end wine lounge in the Coachella Valley, they promise an unforgettable experience where the world’s finest wines meet gourmet culinary delights. All while taking in the breathtaking views from their Christopher Kennedy designed indoor/outdoor venue. Cheers! (760)656-0054
canopywinelounge.com

Cheeky’s

Super hip popular breakfast & brunch place that focuses on local & organic. Cheeky’s is famous for its ‘bacon flight.’ Expect very long waits, especially on weekends, but many consider the 60+ minute wait to be worth it in the end! 760-327-7595
cheekysps.com

Copley’s on Palm Canyon

Part of the former Cary Grant estate, this romantic restaurant offers elevated American dishes. Beautiful outdoor patio with stunning mountain views! (.8 miles from the hotel) 760-327-9555
copleyspalmsprings.com

Crudo Cervicheria

Crudo is a new addition to downtown Palm Springs. Sustainable fresh seafood dishes, interesting latin flair meat dishes. The menu is full of flavor and style, over-all an exiting addition to the restaurant scene and just a short on Palm Canyon from the hotel. They do not take reservations at this time. 442-268-9389
crudopalmsprings.com

Del Rey

A beautiful and intimate, wood-paneled room in the beautifully renovated Villa Royale Hotel, the Del Rey has become a popular place to enjoy craft cocktails and delicious food. The whimsical tapas-inspired menu offers different plate sizes, making a sharing food night quite easy and fun. Late Night food, open until 10 PM. 833-536-7189
delreypalmsprings.com

Eight4Nine

Not a far walk from Descanso. With its huge patio and cozy small dining areas inside, Eight4Nine is considered to be one of the more beautifully designed restaurants in town. Fun playful California cuisine, brunch is a local favorite. Reservations are highly recommended. 760-325-8490
eight4nine.com

El Mirasol

Just a short walk from Descanso, El Mirasol North offers artfully prepared regional Mexican cuisine and some of the best margaritas in Palm Springs. Beautiful patio. Reservations are recommended, but they do take walk-ins as well. (.7 miles from the hotel) 760-323-0721
elmirasolrest.com

El Patio

Palm Springs’ newest Mexican restaurant, is locally owned and known for its delicious homemade food and huge shady patio. They have a full bar that serves several festive margarita selections! 760-832-6332
elpatiopalmsprings.com

Farm

Intimate country-chic eatery serving farm-to-table Provencal fare. Best known for fantastic breakfast & lunch. The Chef’s tasting dinner menu is incredible, always fresh with market ingredients and delicious. The Friday through Tuesday dinner books weeks in advance with reservations, book early for dinner, and you will be happy you did! 760-322-2724
farmpalmsprings.com

Felipe’s

Felipe’s Mexican Restaurant has gone from a Palm Springs local favorite’s secret spot, to one of the best hole-in-the-wall Mexican places in town. Serving food from generations of traditional family recipes, using the freshest ingredients, and no skimping, no skipping steps, in anything. 760-318-9277
apps.felipespalmsprings.com

Fisherman’s Market

An extremely casual seafood favorite in downtown. Definitely a great place for fish and chips, and grilled seafood. Served fresh and quick. 760-327-1766
fishermans.com

Grand Central

American Restaurant right on the plaza, serving seasonal, fresh farm-to-table food. Recently started serving dinner, but already a hit for breakfast and lunch! People talk about prosciutto benedict, sweet potato gnocchi, and tomato salad. 760-699-7185
grandcentralpalmsprings.com

Heyday Burgers

The duo behind this smash-burger spot first gained a faithful following at the VillageFest street fair, later shifting to occasional pop-ups. Now they’ve settled into a permanent location right around the corner from the hotel, where they sell Harris Ranch beef cheeseburgers, fried chicken sandwiches, and in-house made veggie burgers on potato buns, as well as loaded fries and an impressive house salad. 760-297-6937
theheydaypalmsprings.com

Il Corso

Absolutely authentic Italian cuisine, including homemade pasta, gourmet wood oven pizza, seafood, and roasted leg of veal. Chef Mario also prepares nightly specials from all over Italy like gnocchi and seasonal dishes. Big on flavors, but portions tend to be on the smaller side, think multiple courses when you order. 760-341-6700
springs.ilcorsodining.com

Jake’s

Hip, casual American bistro, charming courtyard, or intimate indoor dining room. Delicious chef-inspired originals and gourmet comfort foods, a full bar, and a great wine list! (.7 miles from the hotel) 760-327-4400
jakespalmsprings.com

Johannes

Modern European Cuisine from Austrian-born Chef Johannes Bacher, Upscale casual ambiance that has become a local favorite. 760-778-0017
johannesrestaurants.com

La Tablita

A great ‘off the path’ local Mexican restaurant in Cathedral City. Absolutely a local favorite. This amazing, hidden gem is a sit-down restaurant with very reasonable prices for delicious homemade food, in generous portion sizes. 760-321-5935
latablitamexicanrestaurant.com

Late Night Dining in Palm Springs

Guests looking for recommendations about where to find drinks, bar bites or sit-down dinners in the later hours of the evening. Here’s a great link of Palm Springs late night dining spots to consider. Full disclosure, a list of ‘late night’ in Palm Springs typically means after 9PM.
visitpalmsprings.com

Loco Charlie’s Mexican Grill

Quickly building a reputation for the best street tacos in Palm Springs, Loco Charlie’s provides authentic Mexican food at a modest price point. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. (1.3 miles from the hotel) 760-832-6474
lococharlies.com

LULU

Large menu of California Cuisine. Known in town for being a fast-paced dining room, hip crowd, great for people watching. Open Late. 760-327-5858
lulupalmsprings.com

maleza

Located in the Drift hotel, we are so lucky to have this incredible new latin influence dining experience. The menu is designed to share, small & large plates, but could be done traditionally. A prefect place for a special evening, or just an awesome foodie night. Maleza is here to impress. Beautiful dining room and outdoor patio. Reservation are highly recommended, it can be busy, especially as the word gets out. 888-976 4487
malezapalmsprings.co

Manhattan In The Desert

A New York Style Delicatessen carrying on the tradition of a New York style Deli right here in the heart of Palm Springs. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner serving up big comfort food portions in their old-school diner setting. Don’t forget to hit the dessert case! 760-322-3354
manhattaninthedesert.com

Miro’s

Always a guest favorite since opening in 2003, recently re-opened after an extensive renovation, and is rumored to be better than ever! 760-323-5199
mirospalmsprings.com

Monsoon Indian Cuisine

This is definitely a local off-the-path favorite! A truly wonderful Indian restaurant with surprisingly amazing food. Serving up a medley of sizzling Indian dishes, all done in traditional spices and cooked with hot and delicious sauces Many organic, vegetarian entrees are also available. They also have an extensive Lunch Buffett. 760-325-2700
monsoonindianrestaurant.com

Norma’s

Brightly colored open-air Terrace restaurant in the Parker Hotel, that serves breakfast & lunch all day and night. Fun and hip place to grab a meal, especially if you like breakfast for dinner! 760-770-5000
parkerpalmsprings.com

Paul Bar

Hidden in an unassuming strip mall on the edge of Palm Springs, this speakeasy-style bar offers expertly-crafted cocktails and late-night bites until 12 AM.
thepaulbarps.com

PS Underground

Offering one of the most unique dining experiences in Palm Springs, PS Underground is an ever-evolving supper club featuring gourmet meals and world-class entertainment. No two dinners are ever the same. 760-636-8442
psunderground.com

Purple Room

The sophistication and glamour of the Rat Pack era come alive here, the desert’s premiere supper club. Live music Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. No Cover. Ticketed Shows are Friday through Sunday. 760-322-4422
purpleroompalmsprings.com

Rooster and the Pig

Worth the wait for a table and enjoy an unusual dining experience, and it is typically a wait. The space is cozy and eclectic, and the food is quite possibly the best Vietnamese-inspired food in the valley. They tend to be very busy, and sometimes service suffers. Try to be patient and enjoy something different. 760-832-6691
roosterandthepig.com

Ruben and Ozzy’s Oyster Bar & Grill

Relaxed, open-view kitchen with an eclectic menu specializing in seafood, and delicious small plates. Known for its amazing seafood tacos and pasta dishes. Big outdoor seating area. Open Late. 760-325-8800
rubenandozzys.com

Sandfish Sushi & Whiskey Bar

Creative selection of hand-crafted sushi and whiskey pairings. Considered to be one of the best sushi restaurants in the valley that is literally a 5-minute walk away from the hotel. Open until 10 PM and reservations are highly recommended. 760-537-1022
sandfishps.com

Sandwich Spot

Fun concept sandwiches. Not your standard sub-shop. 760-778-7900
sandwichspotpalmsprings.com

Shanghai Reds

Shanghai Reds, tucked away in a small alleyway behind Fisherman’s Market, opens in the afternoon but truly comes to life at night with live music Thurs-Sat. Famous for fish tacos (as featured on the Food Network), fresh seafood, small & large plates, and cold beers. Late-night happy hour begins every night at 9 PM and goes until closing. 760-322-9293
fishermans.com

Sherman’s Deli

Since opening its first location in 1953, Sherman’s has become a landmark in Palm Springs for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, reminiscent of a New York-style deli. Specializing in Jewish comfort food & huge portions! Their homemade desserts are famous throughout the valley. 760-325-1199
shermansdeli.com

Shop(pe)

This adorable ice cream shop(pe) is right around the corner, and has ‘late night’ hours (10PM weeknights/ 11PM Fri/Sat). If you are craving a cool creamy treat shop(pe) is just a few minutes walk away. They also have a fun selection of retail oddities to peruse as well. 760-507-4005
icecreamandshop.com

Sol Agave Mexican

Sol Agave was originally born in a food truck with the simple thought of bringing light to the stigma that Mexican food is just simple and heavy. Focusing on creating layers of flavor and complex combinations of Mexican inspired cuisine. Beautiful dining room, with a great patio. (760) 659-7353
solagave.com

Spencer’s

One of the most romantic patios in the city, serving delicious California classic food. Also a hot spot for Brunch. 760-327-3446
spencersrestaurant.com

Tac/Quila

In the heart of Uptown Palm Springs, Tac/Quilla offers a fresh take on Mexican-inspired classics as well as some creative originals. Steer yourself towards some of the more creative dishes to truly stimulate the senses. (1 mile from the hotel) 760-417-4471
tacquila.com

Takishin

Traditional sashimi, nigiri, and tempura is the name of the game. The fish is fresh, the prices are reasonable, and the place has been packed since day one. Be prepared to wait at peak dining hours! 760-600-5806
takashin-ps.com

The Tailor Shop

Just a short walk from the hotel, this unusual craft cocktail bar is considered to be more of an experience than a bar. They do have a ‘small bites’ menu of tasty bar tapas as well. A great place to have a cocktail before heading out to dinner. 760-537-7227
tailorshopps.com

Tlaquepaque

No frills at this inexpensive taqueria. A delightful alternative to the touristy cantinas of downtown. 760-325-1125
taqueriatlaquepaquerest.com

Truss & Twine

Carefully crafted cocktails and a diverse small-plates menu make this a must-stop when going through Palm Springs’ Uptown Design District. Food is served until 11 PM on weeknights and 12 AM on weekends. 760-459-3451
trussandtwine.com

Tyler’s Burgers

Considered by many, the best burger in Palm Springs. Fantastic homemade sides! Lunch only. Seasonal. 760-325-2990
tylersburgers.com

Wilma & Frieda

Breakfast and lunch comfort food with a twist. Dishes reminiscent of childhood favorites with a grown-up flavor profile. Awesome farmhouse-inspired 2nd-floor café setting, and try to save room for the homemade baked goods. 760-992-5080
wilmafrieda.com

Workshop Kitchen

James Beard award winner. Farm-to-table focus using local ingredients and craft cocktails. The menu focuses on locally-sourced small plates, while entrees skew heartier but all still filled with culinary surprises. Considered a “foodie” favorite. 760-459-3451
workshoppalmsprings.com

Zadie Cafe

New casual Mediterranean cafe located inside of the Hilton Hotel. Everything is made in-house, including the ketchup and pickles! There is so much love put into this menu, you will feel it in every bite! Super casual lounge environment. the perfect place to share small plates with cocktails, or enjoy one of their amazing sandwiches, salads or grain bowls. Open for lunch and dinner, no reservations needed, walk in only. (760) 507-1797
zadiecafe.com

Architecture and Design Center

The Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion is located in downtown Palm Springs. It is the country’s first historic structure to be transformed into a free-standing architecture and design museum that is housed in a modern building. The 13,000-square-foot building is a classic mid-century international-style structure, that will showcase architecture and design exhibitions, a store, and curatorial offices. 760-423-5260
psmuseum.org

Big Wheel Tours

Big Wheel Tours offers Bicycle, Jeep, and Hiking Tours in Palm Springs California – Joshua Tree National Park, San Andreas Fault, and Mojave Desert. 760-779-1837
bwbtours.com

Bike Rentals

Even though we have complimentary Bikes available at the hotel for all the guests to use, sometimes we have guests that are looking for a racing bike or long-distance road bicycle. This is the place to go. Open seasonally. 760-832-8912
bikepsrentals.com

Bird Watching at Prescott Preserve

Prescott Preserve morning bird walks are scheduled every Second & Fourth Thursday of the month. The bird walks are free to attend & birders of all experience levels are welcome! The group meets at 8 AM at the corner of Farrell & Mesquite. Don’t forget your binoculars!
visitpalmsprings.com

Cabazon Dinosaurs

From the interstate highway I-10, you will see the uncommon view of two giant dinosaurs. When you arrive, Cabazon Dinosaur’s odd yet iconic adventure includes a dinosaur exhibit featuring over 50 lifelike dinosaurs, a dinosaur dig, fossil panning, and access to climb inside Mr. Rex all the way up to his mouth! 951-922-8700
cabazondinosaurs.com

Cabot’s Pueblo Museum

Adventurer, artist, writer, and entrepreneur Cabot Yerxa came to homestead in Desert Hot Springs in 1913. Yerxa’s art, handiwork, and souvenirs from his travels are all on display in the Hopi-style pueblo he built by hand over 24 years. 760-329-7610
cabotsmuseum.org

Coachella Valley History Museum

Located in downtown Indio, the museum campus includes several historical structures and exhibits. The 1926 Smiley-Tyler House, for example, showcases the Indigenous Cahuilla people and their contribution to the growth of the region. It also features a collection of Mexican folk art, including textiles, pottery, costumes, and wooden toys. Open weekends only. Closed for August 760-342-6651
cvhm.org

El Paseo Shopping District

A unique shopping district filled with over 200 delightful discoveries. Shops, restaurants, art, and more! Don’t miss all the special events like Art Walk (1st Friday, Nov-May), Cruise Night (1st & 3rd Fridays through April), Jazz Concerts (Jan-Apr), Fashion Week (Mid-March) and so much more! 877-735-7273
elpaseocatalogue.com

Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden, Palm Desert

This is a satellite location of the Palm Springs Art Museum located in Palm Desert. It is always free, and open daily from Sunrise to Sunset. This consists of a 4-acre garden that features 14 sculptures and over 60 desert plants! 760-346-5600
psmuseum.org

Gay Desert Guide

This is an impressive resource of activities, events, and happenings all over Palm Springs. The local GDG team work very hard to have one of the most comprehensive and currents LGBT lists in the city. Definitely worth checking out before you arrive.
gaydesertguide.com

Hiking

Hiking trails are abundant in Palm Springs. From easy walking trails to difficult terrain, spectacular mountain vistas, waterfalls, natural streams, rocky gorges, and unusual rock formations. This Website is a great resource for hiking in Palm Springs and surrounding areas. Don’t forget to always bring water!
hiking-in-ps.com

Historical Society Walking Tours

Historical walking tours focusing on Palm Springs’ historic neighborhoods, with a combination of celebrities and local pioneers. 14 different walking tours, all about 2 hours of strolling with a well-informed local carefully chosen for their wealth of information, and facts they have to share. 760-323-8297
pshistoricalsociety.org

Indian Canyons

Home to the world’s largest California Fan Palm oasis, the Indian Canyons feature over 60 miles of hiking trails and offers twice daily guided tours that touch on the rich history of the once home of the Agua Caliente Indians. 760-323-6018
indian-canyons.com

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree lies at an ecological crossroads, where the high Mojave Desert meets the low Colorado Desert. The result is amazing desert flora, including those wacky namesake trees. An incredible full-day experience that everybody must see at least once.
nps.gov

McCallum Theatre

Considered one of the very best for music, theater, and dance, the McCallum Theatre is the premier venue for entertainment. Located in Palm Desert, this beautiful auditorium is the spot for performance in the Valley. Definitely worth checking the Calendar to see who is here during your stay. 760-340-2787
mccallumtheatre.com

Mid-Century Architecture Tours

This is a smartphone tour that is a self-driving audio multimedia tour. Drive in your own car from stop to stop and hear all about the iconic buildings that make Palm Springs, California the center of midcentury modern architecture. It is a great way to go at your own pace and see many iconic buildings throughout Palm Springs
moderntourspalmsprings.com

Mogo Silent Disco

Mogo Disco is a 70-minute headphone dance party at rotating disclosed spots to dance and have fun with others in Downtown Palm Springs! It is only on Fridays & Saturdays and is a quickly spreading craze here in town. Participation is limited, so advance tickets are required. For more info check out the website.
mogosilentdisco.com

Moorten Botanical Garden

This fairly small botanical garden is well-maintained and quite interesting. There is a lot here, considering the overall size of the gardens. This is a pleasant spot for visitors and even more so for people who want to learn more about the vegetation of the desert in the area. 760-327-6555
moortenbotanicalgarden.com

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

A fantastic view of the valley from over 8,500 ft, extensive hiking and nature trails. Facilities feature a restaurant, bar and cafeteria.
pstramway.com

Palm Springs Air Museum

The Palm Springs Air Museum is rated as one of the top 14 Air Museums in the World by CNN Travel. Visit the 65000 sq. ft. non-profit housing over 40 vintage airplanes, models, uniforms, and endless photos. The museum has an incredible volunteer team, all of which are ready to share knowledge, history, and sometimes even a story or two. 760-778-6262
palmspringsairmuseum.org

Palm Springs Art Museum

Palm Springs has a surprisingly amazing Art Museum, for a small town. The major exhibits change frequently. The permanent collection is incredible. There is a newly opened sculpture garden and an excellent cafe. Free on Thursday nights, closed on Wednesdays. 760- 322-4800
psmuseum.org

Palm Springs Cultural Center

There is always a lot going on at the Palm Springs Cultural Center! We highly recommend checking out the calendar to see what might be happening while you are visiting. This amazing non-profit center is the hub for independent films, live musicians, one-night events, and film festivals of all kinds, the types of activities are endless. Check out the events page, and make some plans! 760-880-4921
psculturalcenter.org

Palm Springs Museum of Art – Free Thursdays

Every Thursday night, you can browse contemporary artworks and the museum for free, 5-8 PM. We recommend jumping on the website before and grabbing a ‘free digital ticket’ to avoid the lines in the front.
psmuseum.org

PS Celebrity Tours

Private Celebrity home Tour is touted as “The very best tour in the valley” for family, friends, co-workers, and other group outings. The guides are always happy to share interesting and unusual details of the Hollywood celebrity history. 760-895-8005
palmspringscelebritytours.com

PS Underground

Offering one of the most unique dining experiences in Palm Springs, PS Underground is an ever-evolving supper club featuring gourmet meals and world-class entertainment. No two dinners are ever the same. 760-636-8442
psunderground.com

Rock the Park!

Every first Wednesday of the month, Palm Springs Downtown Park hosts a free music concert. Each month a tribute band will be there to entertain at 7 PM. Very popular with locals and visitors, we recommend you get there early to get the best seats, a great place to bring a park picnic.

Smoke Tree Stables

Experience a few quiet hours of “getting away from it all” on over 150 miles of convenient riding trails that provide both solitude and breathtaking beauty. Located in Palm Springs near the Indian Canyons, Smoke Tree Stables offers guided rides by the hour or for the entire day! 760-327-1372
smoketreestables.com

Sunnylands

Sunnylands offers visitors a beautiful, tranquil, and environmentally sustainable space to learn about Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg, their history at Sunnylands, the famous people who visited, and the contemporary retreat program. Guests can watch a film, enjoy art exhibitions, and explore over a mile of walking trails through the 9-acre gardens, which are free to see. House tours require advance ticket purchase. 760-202-2222
sunnylands.org

Tahquitz Canyon Waterfalls

Take an easy two-mile hike out to this beautiful 50-foot waterfall in Palm Springs. A must-visit for anyone who wants an escape from town and connect with some desert landscape. Grab water and head towards the Visitors Center at the end of Mesquite. Admission $15. 760-416-7044
tahquitzcanyon.com

The Living Desert

The Living Desert offers an experience like no other. A wondrous 1200-acre zoo and garden experience filled with amazement. The Living Desert’s mission is desert conservation through preservation, education, and appreciation. They frequently do ‘night walks’ when the entire zoo comes to life in a nocturnal way. Great for all ages.
livingdesert.org

Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve

Enjoy some of the 30 miles of trails, picnic areas, cool oases, and wildlife and wildflowers, and take a walk into the past in our rustic Visitors’ Center, the Palm House, a palm log cabin built in the 1930s. Free admission, but donations are appreciated. 760-343-1234
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Villagefest

Every Thursday evening in downtown Palm Springs they block the traffic for 6+ blocks on Palm Canyon and make way for a diverse array of local artisans, live entertainers, fresh fruits & vegetables, flowers, jewelry, art, and much more. There is also a large section of food booths and food trucks at the North end of the fair. 6 PM-10 PM
villagefest.org

Wandering Mojave Hiking Services

Wandering Mojave is a locally owned and operated hiking guide service that operates exclusively within Joshua Tree National Park. Lead Guide Travis Puglisi has spent the last 20 years wandering, on and off the trails, learning the secrets of the landscape and how to respectfully move through it. 1/2 day or full day hikes are available 760-492-5576
wanderingmojave.com

Windmill Market

I know you are asking, why is a little market in ‘activities’ – It is because going here is a bit of an adventure, but one that might just be of interest to you. Windmill Market has had the honor of winning the Best Date Shake in Coachella Valley for 4 years standing. It is typically in the #1 position of customer-reviewed restaurants in Desert Hot Springs on Trip Advisor. And the perfect pit stop for lunch if you are going out to see the Windmills up close. 760-251-4489
windmillmarketandproduce.food87.com

Barracks Bar

Named one of the top 25 fetish bars in the world by Alpha Tribe magazine, The Barracks Is the Desert’s Leather/Boot/Fetish destination.
Sundays 2 PM-2 AM Beer Bust
Regular DILF Parties 760-321-9688
barracksps.com

Blackbook

Besides being a super-hip cocktail bar, with a perfect ‘people watching’ open patio, they also serve yummy bar food until ‘late’ every day.
Happy Hour everyday 4-6 PM. 760-832-8497
blackbookbar.com

Canopy Wine Lounge

As the first high-end wine lounge in the Coachella Valley, they promise an unforgettable experience where the world’s finest wines meet gourmet culinary delights. All while taking in the breathtaking views from their Christopher Kennedy designed indoor/outdoor venue. Cheers! (760)656-0054
canopywinelounge.com

Chill

Modern hip dance club, with cute go-go boys and occasional drag celebrities, great patio looking out onto the street. A cool nightspot in the little Arenas Road gay bar neighborhood.
Wednesday 8-12 PM Karaoke
Saturday 12-3 PM -Bingo
Sunday 8-10 PM Drag Show 760-327-1079
chillbarpalmsprings.com

Club 541

Palm Springs newest male only play space. Located at 541 Industrial Place, Currently open weekends Thursday/Friday 7PM-4AM, Saturday/Sunday 4PM-4AM. It is a dry space, no liquor is served or allowed. Lockers are available for $5/ BYOL (bring your own lock), Admission is $20.

Dick’s Bar

Formally the Eagle 501 Denim Bar, a small men’s watering hole on Arenas Rd. Great place to grab a drink, and chat with locals and tourists alike. 760-327-0753
dicksps.com

Happy Hour Finder

This is a great list on Gay Desert Guide! It is only bars that pay to advertise on GDG, but still a very handy and comprehensive list of the different happy hours, days, and times.
gaydesertguide.com

Hunter’s

The self-proclaimed “center of gay nightlife” in Palm Springs, Hunters hosts numerous themed events throughout the week and late-night dancing on the weekends.
Wednesday 6 PM Drag Bingo
Thursday 9 PM Durbin’s Daddies
Fridays 5-7:30 PM Fur Fridays Happy Hour
Sunday 9:30 PM Drag Show 760-323-0700
hunterspalmsprings.com

Jazz on the 2nd Floor

Live Jazz, every Tuesday from 5 PM-7:30 PM at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, in the upstairs VIP Lounge. Settle into the arms of your old favorites or find something new to tempt the heart- each week features a different song list with a rotating quintet of the finest So-Cal Jazz musicians. No cover / 2 drink minimum.
psculturalcenter.org

One Eleven Bar

Relaxed cocktail lounge in Cathedral City. Under new ownership and offers a warm, welcoming environment with weekly events.
Thirsty Thursdays ALL Day Happy Hour
Fridays 8pm-midnight Karaoke 760-328-2900
oneelevenbar.com

Oscar’s Cafe & Bar

A local favorite that is known for a robust Cabaret calendar and very popular Sunday afternoon Tea Dance.
Sunday 4:30 PM 80s Tea-Dance 760-325-1188
oscarspalmsprings.com

Purple Room

The sophistication and glamour of the Rat Pack era come alive here, the desert’s premiere supper club. Live music Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. No Cover. Ticketed Shows are Friday through Sunday. 760-322-4422
purpleroompalmsprings.com

Quadz

Sister to the QUADZ bar in Las Vegas, fun social atmosphere.
Monday, Friday & Saturday 8-10 PM Broadway Show Tunes Videos
Thursday 9 PM- Karaoke 760-778-4326
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Roost Lounge, The

Gay bar and video lounge in Cathedral City. A comfortable place with lots of atmosphere “to roost” and talk with friends and make new ones.
Tuesdays 7:30-11:30 PM Karaoke
Thursdays 6-11 PM Show Tunes 760-507-8495
theroostcc.com

Streetbar

A “Low-Key” bar catering to a mature crowd who enjoy the bar’s cheap, strong drinks. Karaoke nights Sunday thru Wednesday and friendly staff make this a Palm Springs staple! 760-320-1266
psstreetbar.com

Tool Shed

The Tool Shed is known for its down-home, unpretentious, Levi/boots/leather vibe.
Wednesdays and Saturdays 12-3 PM Bingo
Thursdays 10 PM Underwear Night and Underwear Contest
pstoolshed.com

Toucan’s

Tiki Lounge known for its high energy, diverse crowd, and multiple weekly drag shows.
Wednesdays 8 PM Karaoke
Saturdays 3 pm Bingo
Sundays 8 PM & 10 PM Drag Shows
toucanstikilounge.com

Tryst

Dimly-lit dive bar on the cusp of Arenas Road, complete with pool, darts, cheap drinks, and heavy pours.
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Coachella Music Festival Weekend II

April 19 to April 21, 2024
coachella.com

Arthur Lyons’ Film Noir Festival

Founded in 2000 by the late mystery author and Palm Springs community leader Arthur Lyons, this unique festival features an eclectic mixture of landmark and obscure vintage movies from the classic film noir era. Individual tickets are available, or a festival pass.
May 1, 2024
arthurlyonsfilmnoir.ning.com

Blatino Oasis

Blatino Oasis has become California’s largest men of color getaway, attracting over a thousand gay and bisexual men from around the world. Host hotel is 1 block away from Descanso Resort
May 2 to May 5, 2024
blatinooasis.com

Palm Springs International Short Fest

The Palm Springs International ShortFest plans to hold in-person screenings at the Camelot Theatres / Palm Springs Cultural Center. ShortFest Forum will includes classes and panels featuring industry representatives, filmmakers and additional guests.

Designated by AMPAS, BAFTA, BIFA and Goya Awards as an award-qualifying festival, and accredited by the International Short Film Conference, the Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market is one of the most acclaimed short film showcases in the world.
June 18 to June 24, 2024
psfilmfest.org

Cinema Diverse LGBTQ Film Festival

Featuring an exciting and varied combination of Feature Films, Short Films from around the world celebrating LGBTQ Cinema, Cinema Diverse is dedicated to advancing and further strengthening our diverse gay community through the establishment of a world-class film festival that presents lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender cinema from around the world. Actual dates/ 2 weekends – Sept. 17-20 • Sept. 24-27.
September 17 to September 27, 2024
psculturalcenter.org

Palm Springs Leather Pride Weekend

A 3-day celebration of leather events, day and night parties, and leather contests.
October 25 to October 28, 2024
pslod.org

Halloween Block Party

All of Arenas Road celebrates this huge costume party, with live entertainment, costume contest, bar events and so much more. 4 PM-10 PM. The event is free but VIP tickets are available.
October 31, 2024
halloweenpalmsprings.com

Palm Springs Gay Pride

As one of the last Pride Celebrations, Palm Springs is known for doing it right! The entire city comes alive with the 3 day Pride Weekend. Dance parties, special events, live performances, block parties. It is one of the busiest weekends of the year, plan early!
November 1 to November 3, 2024
pspride.org