Travel & Culture

Palm Springs from Up Above

The last stop on my 9-month road trip: Morongo Valley.

Morongo Valley is around the Palm Springs area, which is well-known for being an Instagram-worthy escape and the stomping grounds for music festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach. Thankfully, Coachella wrapped up the week before I went and Stagecoach was wrapping up as I arrived.

I didn’t know what else there was around Palm Springs, besides Joshua Tree National Park. It was towards the end of my journey, though, and I just wanted to get home. Also, I went to Joshua Tree at the beginning of the year already, so I wanted to skip it this time around.


This is the first time on the blog where I’m going to recommend an Airbnb to stay at. The hosts Jeff & Mike had this piece of land at the bottom of a mountain and decided to build and put parts of it up on Airbnb. There’s 2 options: the outdoor extension (which is where I stayed) or indoors. I loved the outdoor extension. It’s got these wooden slats as walls, but it’s not fully boarded up so you will feel wind if there is any.

This ranch has a glamping vibe to it because the living room, kitchen, and dining table are all outdoors. It’s such a homey outdoors vibe – they did a great job. Too bad I don’t have more photos about the space, but they were continuing to build when I stayed there. I can’t wait to go back there!

You can go to the mountain out back and do a bit of hiking. I didn’t hike too much because I just really wanted to get home to Los Angeles, but look at the flowers that were blooming in the spring! Apparently this was a great year for rain and snow for the desert.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

I didn’t even know this was here! There’s a tram that you can take all the way to the top of San Jacinto Peak. You can hike and camp up there, or chill out indoors and drink beer. I just hung out indoors because I had a wave of creativity, so I spent most of my time writing in a notebook. But look at these views!!

End of April is the perfect time to check out Palm Springs because it can get quite cold in the winter and way too hot in the summer. Spring is a great time to visit.

Now I can’t wait for the next time I go back to Palm Springs/Morongo Valley and explore more! I love it when I discover another side to a place or a person that I haven’t known before.


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