Exploring the great outdoors can feel daunting, particularly if we don't see ourselves represented in outdoor activities. But with their new brand identity launch, "The Outside in All of Us," AllTrails invites everyone, regardless of expertise or background, to get outside. That's why EBONY was thrilled to join the brand in Palm Springs, CA, to explore the outdoors and test out AllTrails+, the brand's exciting new premium offering.

There's no better place to do it than in beautiful Southern California, specifically Greater Palm Springs, which offers more than 300 days of sunshine. There are numerous opportunities for outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and rock climbing. The region has several state parks and preserves, such as Joshua Tree National Park and Indian Canyons. The miles of trails and breathtaking scenery make it an ideal combination of adventure, relaxation, and escape.

Check out our curated guide for your next outdoor adventure in and around Palm Springs.

Where To Stay

Our gathering started at Casa Cody, the oldest operating hotel in Downtown Palm Springs, nestled against the breathtaking San Jacinto mountains. The hotel offers a variety of accommodations, totaling 30 rooms. These include standard studios and suites, as well as three standalone homes, all close to grassy lawns and swimming pools. The courtyards and lawns are adorned with native plants, fruit trees, and bougainvillea, creating a serene atmosphere.

The prime location near the city center allows guests to easily access several attractions within walking distance, including dining options, an art museum, and a night market along Palm Canyon Drive. Additionally, the hotel is conveniently located near Museum Trail, allowing guests to enjoy a great hike just steps away.

Joshua Tree National Park. Image: Matt Giesting for AllTrails.

Where To Explore

The retreat itinerary included hikes and exploration of Greater Palm Springs. A stand-out was the hike at Joshua Tree National Park. We used the app to navigate the scenic 6+ mile hike to the summit of Warren Peak along the Black Rock Canyon Trail. By utilizing the app, we were able to navigate the beautiful 6+ mile Black Rock Canyon Trail that led us to the summit of Warren Peak. Proper planning is crucial whether you're a novice or a seasoned hiker. The app provided options for map details and types and valuable insights on trail difficulty, completion time, elevation, and community reviews.

Another memorable experience was visiting Sam Cobb Farms in Desert Hot Springs. This Black-owned date farm cultivates seven delectable date varieties, including Medjool, Barhi, and their unique Black Gold variety. Sam Cobb, an agronomist, expert date grower, and farmer, offers weekend farm tours. His gregarious personality and generosity in sharing his rich history and expertise in date cultivation made the time a definite highlight.

The event concluded with a guided immersive Forest Bathing session led by AllTrails Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller. Forest Bathing, also known as Shinrin-Yoku, is a practice originating in Japan that involves immersing oneself in nature to promote physical and mental well-being.

Throughout the session, Dr. Hackenmiller also led us in mindfulness exercises and meditation, helping us to connect more deeply with the natural environment and find a sense of inner peace and tranquility. The entire experience was both calming and invigorating, leaving us feeling rejuvenated and more connected to nature.

Owner Sam Cobb of Sam Cobbs Farm. Image: Courtesy of LeAura Luciano.

Where To Dine

For food enthusiasts, there is an abundance of fantastic dining options available in the area, whether you're looking for a satisfying lunch after a morning hike or a night out with live music. One popular destination is The Red Dog, located in the heart of Pioneertown, originally built by old Hollywood to film western movies. It's an ideal spot for a post-hike pick-me-up, with a fresh take on Tex-Mex cuisine made with the freshest ingredients and delicious cocktails made with fresh, organic produce.

Another must-visit restaurant is Kitchen in the Desert, founded by chef and owner Everton Gordon in 2015. This establishment has become a thriving restaurant, bar, and event space in the high desert. Gordon's fiery jerk chicken, Trinidadian fare, and American classics are all unique dining adventures that attract locals and celebrities who return for more of its Caribbean-inspired specialties.