Covered Wagons is conveniently located just 25-30 minutes away from downtown Palm Springs and a 15–20-minute drive from most Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, and Indio resorts. The venue is easily accessible and has ample parking for individual cars, large coach style buses, sprinter vans, recreation vehicles and Ubers.
Our secluded location allows us to accommodate loud noise and later time constraints, ensuring a private and unrestricted experience. Our professional and passionate team will guide you every step of the way. We pay close attention to details and your group’s special dynamics to bring your envisioned event to life.
Whether you're looking to host a special celebration in a unique and intimate setting or planning a large group event in an exceptional location, Covered Wagons Ranch offers an unforgettable space for you to come together and commemorate your occasion.
Positioned behind Palm Desert and at the front of Hidden Palms Preserve, Covered Wagons sits rising above the desert floor. Its unique, location offers unparalleled views of the Coachella Valley, San Jacinto Mountain Range, expansive sunsets, and twinkling lights of the valley below. Because it is part of the 32,000-acre Coachella Valley Preserve along the San Andreas Fault, there is a variety of pristine desert landscapes, and outdoor adventures that become the backdrop for your Greater Palm Springs group destination! Covered Wagons’ Ranch is not just a venue, it's a unique desert experience that will leave a lasting impression on your guests. With its rustic charm, cultural locale and breathtaking desert views, this hidden gem is the perfect setting for many occasions.
Our desert barn is modeled after an early pioneer camp and is the centerpiece for most occasions. The antiquated relics, Navajo style rugs, chandeliers, wagon wheels, barrel tables, saloon bar and historic pictures offer you a rustic, cultural interior, unique to our American Southwestern locale and to Covered Wagons.
The rustic charm of the barn, combined with the vibrant energy of the music, sets the stage for an evening of laughter, joy, and celebration. An evening in the barn embraces the lifestyle and heritage of the American Desert Southwest, where history and celebration intertwine seamlessly.
Our expansive southwest facing, Sonoran Desert Patio, is positioned perfectly on the desert’s edge for dining and enjoying the great outdoors. Here, guests can safely admire the natural habitat and even catch a glimpse of coyotes while enjoying their evening serenades. With its picturesque backdrop of hills and mountains, breathtaking, full spectrum sunsets, enchanting desert lighting, desert bar, cozy fire pits, twinkling evening stars, and the sparkling lights of the city below, this patio keeps guests enjoying libations, music, and conversations all event long. Also, it is an ideal location for hosting an outdoor concert for your event, with ample space for a stage and dance floor.
During your event, get ready for an extraordinary Covered Wagon Adventure like no other! You and your guests will have the option of a venture into a unique desert oasis wilderness preserve along the San Andreas Fault. Whether you prefer a shorter or longer experience, we can accommodate up to 42 guests on board per tour. You can even bring your favorite libations on board.
Departing from the Sonoran Patio, our tours run approximately every 30 minutes, so there's plenty of opportunities to hop on and enjoy the ride. We ride like the early pioneers but in comfort and sustainably with a very little footprint in this desert eco-system. If you're craving even more adventure, we offer longer tours that include nature walks or extended and guided group day hiking experiences to further explore this geological fault zone. Contact us for more information!
We have a variety of fun games available for your group to enjoy right here on the ranch property. You can try your hand at horseshoes, cornhole, simulated roping, giant Jenga, and giant Connect Four. In addition, we also can enhance your event with ping pong, shuffleboard, arcade games, and inflatable bronco bull riding.
We grew up in a family of professional singers and musicians in Los Angeles, so we have a deep appreciation for quality entertainment. Our house band, led by recording artist, John Malcolm Penn performs originals and the best choice of standards in the genre of Country Western, Bluegrass, American Folk, and Cowboy Classics. They are truly exceptional musicians, and they also offer line dance lessons and our own style of Barn Dance! If you have a specific style of music in mind, our event planners can assist you in hiring professional musicians and bands who specialize in different music genres.
Furthermore, we can provide a wide range of other entertainment options to make your event even more memorable. This includes Native American performances, exciting wild west shows, captivating roping demonstrations, mesmerizing star gazing sessions led by experts, thrilling acrobatic and aerial shows, and the option to have DJs or dance bands entertain you and your guests throughout the evening. There are no noise restrictions or time constraints to worry about here!
Indulge in delectable cuisine crafted by our talented catering team, who take pride in using culinary traditions of the Southwest. Our BBQ menu is packed with mouthwatering chuckwagon-style BBQ options that are outstanding!
Additionally, we have established strong partnerships with some of the finest caterers in the valley, enabling us to offer an extensive range of menus and services to suit your preferences. If you prefer to bring your own catering, we do allow it if it is approved in advance.
Pair your meal with a selection of fine wines, craft beers, or signature cocktails with your choice of recommended and licensed bar services purveyors. We offer two unique bar locations, inside the barn, “The Saloon Bar” and outside on the Sonoran Patio, “Desert Bar”.
Our event coordinators collaborate closely with your group to provide a one-of-a-kind experience. We cater to your imagination, your company's specific interests in activities, entertainment, catering, and budget. We are genuinely enthusiastic about your success, recognizing that a well-executed event fosters lasting memories and meaningful connections. Our dedicated staff is committed to ensuring the success of your event and providing your guests with exceptional hospitality.
Having hosted countless media programs for General Motors, I have worked with venues all over the country and I would highly recommend Covered Wagon Tours for a fun, professional, flawlessly - executed event!
Not only was the setting beautiful and serene, but it also provided a perfect sunset backdrop to photograph and highlight our new Chevy Silverado. A delicious, custom chuck-wagon style dinner, wonderful live music, star gazing and a fun s’mores bar rounded out each evening. I received many compliments from our guests about their memorable experience.
Our club selected Covered Wagon Tours as our first event of the season. They made the whole experience memorable and way fun, music, line dancing, wagon tour and an amazing and delicious barbecue. All the experience at Covered Wagons was excellent. Everyone who attended is still talking about it!
A hearty THANK YOU for being such wonderful hosts during our event. The warm, giving personalities just took an already great event over the top! I've had nothing but positive feedback about our evening at the Covered Wagons Ranch!