Palm Springs, CA

Downtown Palm Springs Tour

This route is an easy way to put together a longish run in central Palm Springs without too many turns. It’s not the most scenic, as it’s on fairly busy roads with lots of traffic. But there are sidewalks the whole way. This route is situated within easy distance of most Palm Springs hotels, and passes through parks and tourist attractions like the whimsical Robolights amusement park. We’ve put together a 6-mile tour of downtown’s highlights, with not too many turns on the grid-like street pattern.

Start out heading south on the sidewalks of Indian Canyon, then hop on the bike route which connects to Ramon Road. Follow the path until it connects to Sunrise Park, where another bike lane runs along the north end of the park, connecting Baristo to El Cielo. Once you reach Tahquitz Canyon Way, you can run along the main bike path until you hit Sunrise Way, which will bring you north to Alejo. Here, take a detour past the bright lights of Robolights before returning to the start via Alejo.

Essentials
  • 6 mile loop
  • 92 feet
  • Indian Canyon
  • Easy access from downtown

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S Ho
2 months ago

Maybe I tried this at the wrong time of day, but it was at best uninspiring, and at worst pretty scary! The majority of the route is along two or three lanes of traffic, the path through the park felt unsafe, and the final part via Alejo/RoboLights doesn’t even have a pavement! Definitely do not recommend, esp if you are a solo female jogger.

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Mark Lowenstein
2 months ago
Reply to  S Ho

Yes, this is not the most scenic route ever. There are sidewalks the whole way, but much of the route is on busy roads. We’ve made a note of it. The best running in central Palm Springs is on some of the quieter residential side streets.

Essentials
  • 6 mile loop
  • 92 feet
  • Indian Canyon
  • Easy access from downtown