“When media outlets like Esquire or The New York Times list features that make Palm Springs sexy and cool, they routinely omit one important item: a flexible fiberglass sign announcing “Wilderness Boundary.”
If you venture past this signpost — at Whitewater Preserve just off Interstate 10 — you’ll feel a narcotic calm wash over you as you pad through shady bosques and inhale the sweet scent of willow and mule fat. Priorities are upended. Suddenly Instagram followers mean less to you than finding the secret hideout of the sora marsh bird.
“There’s a feeling of being in a different place,” says former Whitewater ranger Jamie Haney.
Indeed, wilderness is the ultimate hip amenity, and our valley claims more federally designated wilderness areas than almost any well-populated area in the country. That’s something to celebrate this year — the 50th birthday of the Wilderness Act…”