Introduction to La Quinta, California
La Quinta, California, in Riverside county, is 38 miles E of Hemet, California (center to center) and 65 miles E of Riverside, California. The resort town is situated at the base of the scenic Santa Rosa Mountains on the desert floor of the Coachella Valley. La Quinta is a popular destination for golfers. Tourism is a major factor for the economy, especially during the winter. Hotels, resorts, casinos, golf cources, retail and landscaping are primary employers.
The area is near the San Andreas Fault. The city is home to a large number of senior citizens who enjoy golfing, tennis and the climate. La Quinta has a notable number of prosperous citizens. The city has an arid climate. The summer includes triple digit temperatures. November to May is a popular time for visitors who reside in cold climates.
La Quinta History
The Cahuilla Indians were the original inhabitants. The area was established by the Spanish conquistadores in the early 18th century as a place to rest for people traveling from Mexico to the San Gabriel Missions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino. Agriculture was developed with modern irrigation systems, mountain water run-off as well as open water springs during the late 19th century and the early 20th century. In 1927 La Quinta Resort was established and became popular with Hollywood's celebrities and the wealthy. The city was incorporated in 1982. For a long time La Quinta was primarily occupied by part-time residents, however over the years a vast number of full-time residents have made the city their home.
La Quinta Attractions
- Old Town La Quinta includes unique shops, art galleries and numerous restaurants.
- La Quinta Playhouse.
- Old Town Street Affaire is a popular event.
- Concerts on the Lawn.
- La Quinta Museum features a variety of artifacts pertaining to the history of the area.
- Halloween Carnival.
La Quinta Activities
The La Quinta Resort and Club is regarded as an historic resort and includes 42 swimming pools, a large number of tennis courts and is very popular for golfing. The Silver Rock Golf Resort is a quality venue. The prominent PGA West Course is nearby. The Mountain View Country Club, Indian Springs Golf & Country Club, Palm Royale Country Club and the Trilogy Golf Club at La Quinta are popular with golfing enthusiasts.
There are several casinos in the area. Palm Springs is about 30 minutes away and offers excellent recreational activities and entertainment. The city includes numerous parks for outdoor activities. The Joshua Tree State Park is popular with tourists. Tram rides up Mt. San Jacinto offer scenic views.
Bicycle riding along the Bear Creek Trail and hiking in the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa scenic mountains are popular activities for outdoor enthusiasts. The well known Salton Sea is nearby. La Quinta is home to the Bear Creek Fred Wolff Nature Preserve. The notable Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is close by. The Oasis Water Park located in Palm Springs is popular with families.
La Quinta Transportation
The Palm Springs International Airport is close by.