Mission Creek Preserve
Located in a transition zone between the Sonoran and Mojave deserts, the 4760 acre Mission Creek Preserve has a rich species composition, with flora and fauna representing both deserts. Visitors are surprised to discover the center of the preserve is a lush wetlands juxtaposed with extensively eroded painted hills and Mount San Gorgonio looming in the background. The wetlands and perennial stream are important habitat the endangered least Bell's vireo and southwestern willow flycatcher. The preserve hosts deer, bear, big horn sheep and mountain lions and has spectacular displays of spring wildflowers in wet years. The preserve trail system leads onto the Pacific Crest Trail which is two miles from the stone house group campground.
The preserve trails lead to the Pacific Crest Trail that is four miles from the Trailhead Parking Area. Visitors can hike from Mission Creek Preserve to the Whitewater Preserve, eight miles each way, by using the mission Creek and Pacific Crest Trails. Four stone casitas have been converted to shade structure for picnicking.
The trailhead is at the end of Mission Creek Road heading west of Highway 62, 5.5 miles north of Interstate 10 and Palm Springs.
60550 Mission Creek Road
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240