Have you ever wondered, as you come through the San Gorgonio pass, how the sea of giant windmills came to be? Have you wondered what it would be like to stand next to one? Palm Springs Windmill Tours offers answers and hands on experience. From their origins over 40 years ago, in the early days of renewable energy, to how they are engineered, maintained, and work their magic, tours offered on this private property provide an unforgettable adventure for all ages, not to mention, amazing photo opps.
The wind farm was established in 1982 by Wintec Energy in Palm Springs. Today, the collective wind farms in the San Gorgonio pass provide power for hundreds of thousands of homes per day. The Palm Springs Windmill Tours was originally established in 1998, then closed after the 9/11 event and reopened in 2014.
“We are the only windmill tour in the United States that offers in-depth tours on a private wind farm.” states Annette Said, Marketing Manager. “Since pivoting from our bus tours to our self-driving tours with a curated-APP, it has proven that there is a thirst for knowledge about renewable energy that has allowed us to expand to more offerings, such as guided tours on our electric golf cart.”
The journey begins with a forty-year step back in time to appreciate the optimism and anxiety of the early days of wind power in the San Gorgonio Pass. It then leaps to the present with beyond-the-barricades photo opportunities next to some of the large modern turbines on the wind farm. The tour then explores several experimental designs tested on our farm over the years and concludes with a survey of energy production, transmission, and storage in the surrounding area.