Palm Springs Area, Desert Hot Springs and The Coachella Valley
The Coachella Valley
Oasis Hot Springs Mobile Home Park & RV Park is located on Dillon Road, just minutes outside of Desert Hot Springs, a short distance from Palm Springs, a popular vacation destination and retirement living community, at the northwest corner of the Coachella Valley in desert of Southern California. The valley extends for approximately 45 miles (72 km) in Riverside County southeast from the San Bernardino Mountains to the saltwater Salton Sea, the largest lake in California. It is approximately 15 miles (24 km) wide along most of its length.
The area is surrounded on the southwest by the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountain ranges, and the Little San Bernardino Mountains on the northeast. These mountains peak at around 11,000 feet (3,400 m) and tend to average between three to five thousand feet.
Daily high temperatures in the summer rarely go lower than 105 °F. During winter, the daytime temperatures range from 70 °F (21 °C) to 80 °F (27 °C), making it a popular winter resort destination and center for retirement living.
Although geographically the Coachella Valley is the northwestern extension of the Colorado Desert to the southeast, the irrigation of over 100,000 acres (405 km˛) of the valley since the early 20th century has allowed widespread agriculture.
The San Andreas Fault traverses the Valley's east side. Because of this fault, the Valley has many hot springs.
A haven for retirement living throughout the area's history, senior citizens and the wealthy came to live in the Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs area of the Coachella Valley and a large percentage of residents are age 65 or older. 100,000 temporary seasonal residents known as "snowbirds" arrive to stay during the winter months (Oct-Apr). The community of Palm Springs sits at the northwest end of the Coachella Valley, just across from us.
The valley is the primary date-growing region in the United States, responsible for nearly 95 percent of the nation's crop and is celebrated each year in Indio during the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival. Other agricultural products cultivated in Southern California's Coachella Valley include fruits and vegetables, especially table grapes, citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruits; onions and leeks; and peppers.
Sunshine & Outdoor Activities
With more than 350 days of sunshine per year and warm, mild winters—though summer can be quite hot— it's no wonder that this area is so popular for retirement living. Outdoor activities abound, with recreational hiking and horseback riding in the many canyons in the mountains that surround the valley. One of the most visited outdoor sports areas is Thousand Palms Canyon.
More than two hundred golf courses blanket the area, making it one of the world's premier golf destinations. The Merrill Lynch Skins Game is held in La Quinta each Thanksgiving and draws some of the biggest names in golf. The PGA has a major presence in La Quinta as well with the PGA WEST golf and residential complex. One of the host courses of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, a PGA WEST fairway represents the area in Soarin' Over California, an IMAX-based attraction at Disney's California Adventure theme park.
Nightlife & Attractions
The Coachella Valley is also dotted with classy, Las Vegas-style casinos run by local Indian tribes as well as resort hotels and spas with natural mineral water wells, making it a prime Southern California vacation destination as well. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, considered to be one of the greatest engineering feats of the 20th Century, takes visitors from the valley floor to the San Jacinto Peak mountain station 8516 feet (2595 m) above sea level.
Palm Springs is home to one of the country's largest collections of mid-century architecture. Thousands of homes, apartments, hotels, businesses and other buildings were designed in this fashion across the city. International mid-century enthusiasts come to Palm Springs to admire the design.
Changing exhibits of sculptures can be found along El Paseo Drive in Palm Desert. Palm Springs became a miniature version of Hollywood and a rival to Sundance, Utah; with the annual Palm Springs International Film Festival every January and the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival (or ShortFest) held in August, at the historic Plaza theater.
Tennis at Indian Wells
For professional tennis fans, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, opened in 2000, hosts the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament annually in March.
Riverside Country Fair & National Date Festival
Each April, Indio Hosts the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival. Indio is also the site of the annual Coachella Music Festival, a rock music concert venue in the Indio/Empire Polo Ground, recognized as one of the nation's premiere music festivals for its high-profile acts and scenic beauty.
National Parks & Desert Wildlife
Visitors can see unspoiled desert nature in the National Parks like the Joshua Tree to the North, the Santa Rosa/San Jacinto Mountains to the south and the Snow-to-Sand National Monument to the west, and at The Living Desert zoo and wildlife gardens in Palm Desert.
Communities in the Coachella Valley
Cathedral City (52,095)
Desert Hot Springs (24,489)
Indian Wells (5,117)
La Quinta (43,865)
Palm Desert (50,876)
Palm Springs (47,952)
Rancho Mirage (16,714)
Info source: Wikipedia