- Indio Hills Palms
Indio Hills Palms, also known as the
Coachella ValleyPreserve, is a protected area located east of Palm Springs, California, USA.
The 2,206-acre (8.93 km²) area, maintained by the non-profit
Nature Conservancy, is one of the few in the desert that support native California fan palms. The San Andreas Fault, visible from the valley floor as a line of greenery along the base of the hills, captures groundwater that nurtures the palms. The groves are easily reached by foot from the trailhead.
artesianponds provide habitat for the desert pupfish, a small, endangered freshwater fish roughly the size of a feeder goldfish. These ponds are part of the self-guided tour among the fan palms.
* [http://parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=640 Official site]
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