You can have trail rides and riding lessons at Sundance Ranch, located in Landers. Reservations at: (760)625-6586 or on their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Sundance.horseranch.9
You are free to hike anywhere on our 40 acre parcel and on public trails and wash nearby on the south, west and east side of CALMADA PRIVATE RESORT, so long as you are careful not to damage plants or the often-crumbling rocks. It is your responsibility to stay on our property or public land without trespassing any private properties.
There is a few notable hikes just around the corner:
Pioneertown Mountains – Direction: On Pipes Canyon Road, go West 2,4 miles from CALMADA: The 25,500-acre Pioneertown Mountains Preserve descends from the high piney 7,800-foot ridges into the Pioneertown Valley. The small community of Pioneertown is surrounded by conservancy-owned volcanic mesas, the Sawtooth Mountains, and preserve lands leading to the San Bernardino National Forest. The preserve has year-round riparian corridors in Pipes Canyon and Little Morongo Canyons. It is an important landscape linkage between Joshua Tree National Park, San Bernardino National Forest, and the Big Horn Mountains Bureau of Land Management Wilderness. Modern Hiker notes: “…You’re here to see the natural beauty that struck passion in the hearts of the original preservationists, and for that, we suggest you begin your exploration with a hike to Chaparrosa Peak, a high point with absolutely extraordinary views.”
–Chaparrosa Peak Trail – A dog-friendly hike that’s about 6 miles round trip. More Information.
Joshua Tree National Park: It’s known as one of the world’s best rock climbing areas, but the desert hiking is fantastic, too. Straddling the transition zone between high and low deserts, trails here climb up prominent peaks, meander through cactus gardens, reach hidden oases, and wander near the ruins of ghost towns.
–Park Ranger Guided Tours in Joshua Tree National Park – Official guided tours.
–Detailed list of hikes from Modern Hiker – Great resource for all 13 hikes.
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve – Open daily 7:30 a.m. – sunset. Birders flock to Big Morongo where several natural springs and a year-round stream attract birds rarely seen elsewhere. This 29,000 acre nature preserve has 2 billion year rock old formations. The water and surrounding lush vegetation also make the canyon a perfect home for a number of desert mammals and several species of reptiles and amphibians.
Chaparrosa Peak Trail – A dog-friendly hike that’s about 6 miles round trip.
And don’t miss the…
- Giant Rock– Considered to be the largest solitary boulder on this earth, this 23,000 tons mass was seen as sacred by Native Americans who once lived in the Mojave Desert near Landers, California. In the 1950s, it was a popular gathering point for UFO believers. Giant Rock is about 3 miles north of the Integratron. The rock and surrounding area are public land. The Giant is about 12-15 miles north of Yucca Valley. From the junction of Routes 62 and 247, go 12.5 miles north on 247 to Linn Road. Turn east on Linn Road, and go three miles until you see the domed building (the Integratron). Continue east on Linn Road, which turns to dirt. Bear left at the first fork. About 1.5 miles later, you’ll encounter another fork. Keep right here and you’ll find the rock. Enjoy it!…
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