The Willis Palm Oasis located in the Coachella Valley Preserve near 1000 Palms is part of a series of oases that are found along the San Andreas Fault. It is located in the Coachella Valley Preserve which is home to more than 183 bird species. It is also the home of the protected Coachella Fringe-toed Lizard.
The hike to Willis Palms is an easy hike to a palm oasis. You can hike from the parking area to the oasis, which is about a 10 minute walk. You can also take a trail that goes to the right shortly after leaving the parking area that takes you on a loop above and around the oasis. The loop hike leads you uphill for a while, and is a little more difficult. If you follow the loop you will end up at the far end of the oasis and you can follow the trail back to the parking area.
While the trail is mostly flat and easy to follow, there is a lot of soft sand which makes the hike a little more difficult. No dogs are allowed on trails in the Coachella Valley Preserve.
On November 26, 2010 a fire burned most of the oasis; however by February of 2011 the vegetation was already showing signs of regeneration, and now while you can still see signs of the fire the oasis has recovered well.
The fire in November of 2010 burned the palm fronds and skirts where bats, birds and other animals made their nests, however with the new growth the animals are once again nesting in the oasis. Keep your eyes open and you never know what kind of wildlife you will see.
Because the Willis Palm Oasis hike is so short, it is easy for you to check out some of the other trails in the Coachella Valley Preserve on the same day. To read about some of the other hiking trails in the preserve just click the link below.