Tag Archives: Coachella Valley

Will the Salton Sea Survive?

For decades, the Salton Sea, little more than a half-hour down Highway 111 from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indio, and the other desert cities of the Coachella Valley has lured all sorts of visitors looking to flee civilization for a … Continue reading

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Closing California Parks: Legal & Practical Issues

Following the announcement by Gov. Jerry Brown that California will close up to 70 state parks to save money, parks officials are facing dozens of practical questions that could complicate, delay, or possibly scuttle the plan altogether. The obstacles to … Continue reading

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California to Close 70 State Parks

California will close a fourth of its parks to save $33 million over the next two years as leaders of the most-populous state work to close a $15.4 billion budget deficit. In an announcement last week California’s Department of Parks … Continue reading

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Membership Campgrounds: 2 Western Horizon Parks Sold

Western Horizon Resorts (WHR), an owner and operator of private membership, RV resorts, and RV travel related services, purchased eight resorts from 2000 to 2005. From 24 RV resorts, WHR is now operating 11 resorts. In an earlier post (Membership … Continue reading

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‘Tis the season for Christmas lights

‘Tis the season for Christmas light displays. Below is a selected list of ten of the best places in the U.S. Sunbelt to see Christmas lights and other seasonal displays. No guarantee, but they’re all worth a look—and don’t forget … Continue reading

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Where Deserts Meet: Joshua Tree National Park, CA

Joshua Tree National Park is an amazingly diverse area of sand dunes, dry lakes, flat valleys, extraordinarily rugged mountains, granitic monoliths, and oases. Explore the desert scenery, granite monoliths (popular with rock climbers), petroglyphs from early Native Americans, old mines, … Continue reading

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Salton Sea State Recreation Area, CA

Dedicated in 1955, the Salton Sea State Recreation Area is the largest recreation provider on the Salton Sea. Operated by the California State Park Service, it is located on the northeastern shores of the Sea. This large recreation area extends … Continue reading

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Tahquitz Canyon, Palm Springs, CA

The majestic Tahquitz Canyon comes complete with an evil shaman Cahuilla Indians lived off its bountiful vegetation Hollywood captured it on film Hippies communed with its wilderness Jim Morrison used it as a stage When we’re in Coachella Valley, we … Continue reading

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Tahquitz and Indian Canyons, CA

Given its reputation for turquoise swimming pools and emerald fairways, Palm Springs may seem an unlikely hiker’s paradise. But within a few miles of the posh resorts are some of the most wonderful hiking opportunities in the American South west—scenic … Continue reading

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Snowbird destinations: Southern California, Part 2

El Centro The southern-most desert city in the state, El Centro is blessed with more than 350 days of sunshine and has an arid climate with less than three inches of rain annually. Winter temperatures are in the mid 70s to … Continue reading

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