About Our Area: Greater Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley
The Coachella Valley boasts 360 days of sunshine a year and is a large recreational desert and agricultural valley in 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. It is approximately 15 miles (24 km) wide along most of its length, bounded on the west by the San Jacinto Mountains and the Santa Rosa Mountains and on the north and east by the Little San Bernardino Mountains.
Stunning natural beauty envelopes the Coachella Valley. One can ride horseback through ancient palm groves, explore nearby Joshua Tree National Park, immerse yourself in mineral hot springs, or join an off-road adventure. The valley is a destination for scientists seeking more knowledge about its geologic formations, flora, and fauna. Agriculturally, the valley supports the farming of citrus fruits, dates, and vegetables.
Populated by nearly 550,000 people, the valley is part of the 14th largest metropolitan area in the United States, the Inland Empire. The famous desert resort cities of Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage lie in the Coachella Valley. In addition to the natural beauty, there are attractions to suit everyone, including Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, Palm Springs Indian Canyons, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Palm Springs Modernism Week, the White Party and Dinah Shore Weekend.
Nestled at the base of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains, Palm Springs is a world-famous resort destination with a perfect combination of intimate small town friendliness and chic urban sensibility. Music fans are treated every year to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach Music Festival which are renowned for their cutting edge lineups, showcasing many of the top and up-and-coming acts in music as well as reunions of classic acts. Tennis fans annually gather for the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Shopping and dining at the internationally renowned El Paseo in Palm Desert adds to the desert experience. Golf fans can enjoy playing golf at one of the more than 125 local golf courses as well as watch the PGA’s Humana Challenge and the LPGA’s first major tournament of the year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage are located only 2 hours from Los Angeles and San Diego. Serving over 1.5 million passengers annually, the Palm Springs International Airport is the valley’s convenient and reliable gateway to the world.