This is my son reading as dad was getting things ready for dinner. He loved being there, outside and enjoying the sunlight. A note - what we did was have one tent (3 person tent) inside another tent (6-8 person tent) so that he wouldn't get our sleeping tent dirty cause he loved climbing in and out of the tents getting toys or putting back toys or just zipping and unzipping the tent.
There are some easy Nature Trails that any child can do (toddler might need help with steps). The one pictured above is Keys View which is .6 mile loop with views of San Andreas Fault, Mt San Jacinto, Mt San Gorgonio and the Salton Sea. It does get very windy up there! The one in the bottom I believe is Skull Rock a must see. You can even just park your car across the street for a quick view.
Another tip - don't even bother with a stroller. Yes the trail might look all nice and pretty in the beginning, but the sand is not easy to push through and there are some tight spaces. Learn by our mistakes.
After screaming for about 10 minutes he finally settled into the backpack carrier and yes people gave us the look while we were putting him in, but oh well they are not the ones carrying a toddler plus a backpack carrier that you intended to use!
Take lots of breaks and drink lots of water. Whenever we found a good shady spot we would read books and drink drink drink. Also replenish on sunscreen.
A must see is the Chollas! No not the dark lipstick penciled eyebrow kind (sorry prima) the cactus kind. A nice .25 mile loop through a beautiful garden of these amazing plants. A must!
Do me a favor and take a cool shadow picture! This is me and my hubby. I was wearing my sweater on my hip and my hair was a mess, but look at that picture! Love it and used it as part of my invite for my wedding.
We are planning to go again soon! So I will update this when we do!