Bird and
Wildlife Watching

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Name: Coachella Valley Preserve

Location: Take I-10 to the Ramon Road exit. Drive east to Thousand Palms Canyon Drive. Turn north and drive about two miles to the entrance.

Comments: More than 183 bird species have been recorded here, including Gambel's quail, black-throated sparrows, phainopeplas, black-tailed gnatcatchers and American bitterns. Cactus wrens nest among the chollas. Year-round, visitors can view songbirds, upland birds and birds of prey. Spring and fall are good times to view songbirds. Other animals include black-tailed jackrabbits, bobcats, and sidewinders. Reptiles may be seen in the summer. Spring through fall for fish is the best time to look for fish in the pools.