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Springtime in Palm Springs

Clip-clopping, desert-style? It's a possibility in Palm Springs.

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    Smoke Tree Ranch
    Desert vistas and mountain ranges; they come standard on a Smoke Tree Ranch ride.

    FLOWERS AND WARMTH: We're not here to say that the Palm Springs season is winding down with the start of March. We happen to believe that the resort city's season extends for the better part of the year, and we've used this space before to sing the praises of spending an extra hot June day in the desert (especially if we just happen to be under one of those restaurant misters with a tall Arnold Palmer, extra lemonade). But winter is rollicking around the resorts, due largely to the Palm Springs International Film Festival and Modernism Week, meaning a springtime visit is just a mite calmer. (Okay, disclaimer: It won't be during Coachella Week, in April, but you know that.) So, how to spend the flower-bloomiest time of year in the arid destination? Read on.

    HORSEBACK ADVENTURE: There are several outdoorsy to-dos that are a solid fit for the transitional season. The 1930-swank Smoke Tree Ranch has several family-focused activities, including horse trail rides into the desert. And you know about the waterfall at Indian Canyons, yes? All of that mountaintop snow has to go somewhere. It's a calmer, take-a-hike, go-for-a-ride time in the area, is what we're saying. Get out and enjoy it before the misters go full blast. For more tips and springtime suggestions, check here.