Road trippin’ by Mike Bennett

How about a local trip that is kid friendly and won’t cost a lot of gas. The big Morongo Preserve is just right. It’s just a short drive up Hwy 62 across from the giant horse at Willie Boys. Take a right on East Dr. and follow the signs. Pack a snack and some water because this is one of the hidden  gems in the desert for hiking.

The trails are moderate to advanced. I prefer the McCallum loop and the mesquite trails. These trails are perfectly groomed boardwalks that take you from sandy desert to swamps. The foliage is pretty amazing. Big Morongo Preserve is just that – Big. You’ll find trails that go all the way to the top or several looped trails that take you through the interior of this amazing nature spot.

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Drive safe and enjoy the scenery.