Tahquitz Falls

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Tahquitz Falls
Tahquitz Falls 1.jpg
Tahquitz Falls, facing west
LocationTahquitz Canyon
Coordinates33°48′13″N 116°33′42″W / 33.8036°N 116.5617°W / 33.8036; -116.5617Coordinates: 33°48′13″N 116°33′42″W / 33.8036°N 116.5617°W / 33.8036; -116.5617
Elevation890 ft (270 m)
Total height60 ft (18 m)

Tahquitz Falls is a waterfall on Tahquitz River in the west skirt of the city Palm Springs, in the U.S. state of California. The waterfall is located in lower Tahquitz Canyon, a short distance upstream from the Visitor Center. The name of the canyon and its waterfall is from a Cahuilla native of the Agua Caliente folklore.[1]

The river flows over a slab of granite atop the falls, after which it plunges about 60 feet (18 m)[2] into a pool. The fall is split once by a protrusion on the face of the canyon wall. The Tahquitz Falls is in the boundaries included in the National Register of Historic Places.


The falls are easily reached by proceeding upstream along the Tahquitz Canyon Trail. The trail gains approximately 350 feet in altitude and runs past the waterfall forming a loop that returns back to the waterfall and to the Visitor Center.[1] The canyon and its trail are owned and managed by the Agua Calientes Band of Cahuilla Indians.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

The Tahquitz Falls were used as a scene in Frank Capra's 1937 film, Lost Horizon.[4]


  1. ^ a b Lister, Priscilla (22 Feb 2013). "Palm Springs hiking, from sand to snow". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Tahquitz Falls Riverside County, California". Northwest Waterfall Survey. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  3. ^ Schad, Jerry (23 Dec 2004). "From hippie hangout to Indian natural preserve, Tahquitz Canyon outside Palm Springs remains a popular place to visit". San Diego Reader. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  4. ^ Lost Horizon at the American Film Institute Catalog