Welcome to the Coachella Valley
The Coachella Valley consists of the following resort cities:
The population of these cities combined is about 800,000 in January during the “Season”. The population declines to approximately 500,000 in April when the formal season ends. This declines continues to 200,000 in July. It is estimated up to 3.5 Million tourists visit the Coachella Valley each year.
The Coachella Valley has the best winter weather in the western U.S. There are over 350 days of sunshine per year. This accommodates many outdoor activities such as golf, recreational hiking and horseback riding.
Golf is the primary attraction to the Coachella Valley. There are approximately 125 golf courses. The Coachella Valley is considered one of the world’s premier golf destinations and is the most popular golf vacation destination in California.
In addition to outdoor activities, the Coachella Valley has several Casinos run by local Indian tribes. The casinos have gaming tables and provide entertainment venues year-round.
Events and Activities
Some of the events, activities and attractions to the Coachella Valley include the following:
- El Paseo Drive in Palm Desert with exquisite shopping, dining and artwork.
- McCallum Theater with live shows and concerts.
- The Palm Springs International Film Festival, which takes place every January.
- The Palm Springs International Short Film Festival (or ShortFest) held in August.
- The BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament which takes place in March.
- The Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival held in Indio each February.
- Coachella Fest and Stage Coach concerts which take place each April.
- Joshua Tree National Park
- Sand to Snow National Monument
- Santa Rosa Mountains to the south and Mt. San Jacinto Aerial Tram to the west.
- The Living Zoo has a collection of animals from around the world. The Living Zoo also hosts the annual Wild Lights Christmas light display and a large hobby train display.
- The ANA LPGA golf tournament held each Spring.
- An annual air show is held in November at the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Thermal.
- The Palm Springs Airport Annual Air Show held every January displays World War II-era vintage fighter aircraft.
- The Desert Circuit Horse Show is one of the nation’s largest horse competitions held at the Polo Grounds from January through March.
- The expanded Palm Springs Convention Center is a major venue for shows, concerts, auctions, expos and exhibits.
- Indian Wells Arts and Food festival.
- La Quinta Arts Festival.
- Southwest Arts Festival.
- Children’s Discovery Museum.
The Coachella Valley is served by three public school districts:
- Coachella Valley Unified School District of Coachella.
- Desert Sands Unified School District serving La Quinta, Indio and Palm Desert.
- Palm Springs Unified School District serving Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, and Desert Hot Springs.
There are ten public high schools:
- Coachella Valley High School, Coachella.
- Indio High School, Indio – renovated.
- La Quinta High School (La Quinta, California).
- Palm Desert High School, Palm Desert.
- Palm Springs High School, Palm Springs.
- Cathedral City High School, Cathedral City.
- Desert Hot Springs High School, Desert Hot Springs.
- Desert Mirage High School, Thermal.
- Shadow Hills High School, Indio.
- Rancho Mirage High School, Rancho Mirage.
- West Shores High School, Salton City.
Private education is provided by church-run and secular schools such as:
- Catholic School (Our Lady of Perpetual Help), Indio.
- Christian Desert Calvary Bible School, Cathedral City.
- Christian Scientist School, Palm Desert.
- Community of Christ School, Palm Springs.
- Desert Adventist Academy, Palm Springs.
- Desert Chapel and high school, Palm Springs.
- Desert Christian Schools (Christian School of the Desert and DC Academy), Bermuda Dunes.
- Desert Torah Academy (was Jewish Community School), Palm Desert.
- Grace Christian Academy, Indio (and Yucca Valley).
- Hope Academy, Palm Desert (and Yucca Valley)
- Indio (County) Community School, Indio
- King’s Schools (Distinctively Christian Education), Palm Springs.
- Learning Tree School, Palm Desert.
- Marywood Academy, Rancho Mirage.
- Mayfield School, Rancho Mirage.
- Mission Springs School, Desert Hot Springs.
- Morongo (Desert View) Military Academy, Desert Hot Springs.
- Oasis Seventh-Day Adventist Academy, Palm Desert.
- Nova Academy, Coachella.
- Orange Crest Academy, Palm Springs (Riverside based).
- Palm Desert Presbyterian Church School, Palm Desert.
- Palm Springs Community School (Harry Oliver-Thousand Palms and Frances Stevens campuses-Palm Springs).
- Palm Springs County School, North Palm Springs.
- Palm Valley School, Rancho Mirage.
- Presbyterian Church School of the Desert, Palm Springs.
- River Springs Charter School, Indio.
- Sacred Heart Catholic School, Palm Desert.
- Saint Teresa’s Catholic School, Palm Springs.
- San Cayetano Community School, Palm Desert.
- Southwest Community Church School, Indian Wells.
- The Ranch Christian Academy, Thousand Palms.
- Xavier Prep Catholic High School, Palm Desert.
Higher Education – College
College of the Desert (COD) is the local community college with its main campus in Palm Desert. COD constructed several satellite campuses including an annex on Oasis Street in Indio, an East Valley campus in Thermal and a West Valley annex in Palm Springs. COD has experienced sudden growth in the campus from the 1970s to the late 2000s.
Four Year University
The University of California Riverside and California State University San Bernardino (Palm Desert) campus annexes are located in the Indian Wells (Higher) Education Center in Palm Desert. There are also the Santa Barbara Business College and the San Bernardino Skidron Business School/College in Palm Desert. Another college is Brandman University, operated by Chapman University in Palm Desert.