La Quinta – The Gem of the Desert

Along the eastern curve of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains, the Coachella Valley is a low-lying crown, jeweled with sparkling resort communities. La Quinta, nearly surrounded by the Santa Rosas, is one of those gems—a residential/resort community known for its golf, pristine surroundings, equestrian lifestyle, and its appreciation for the arts.

In its geological footprint, the valley shows evidence of the Pacific Ocean that once covered the landscape, as well as later traces of the freshwater Lake Cahuilla. This was the traditional home of the Desert Cahuilla Indians, who dug wells, hunted and gathered throughout the area, and whose descendants live in the region today.


When nearby Indio became the halfway point on the Flagstaff -to-Los Angeles rail line, La Quinta was settled by farmers who saw the agricultural promise in desert-friendly dates, seedless grapes, onions, and corn. By 1926, the La Quinta Resort was welcoming visitors from both coasts, and gained additional fame as the place where director Frank Capra wrote the screenplay for Lost Horizon. Decades later, when the city was incorporated, taking its name from the now-classic resort.

With more than 20 golf courses in the city of 35.6 square miles, it’s little wonder that the Robb Report called La Quinta the leading golf destination in the U.S. These courses, including PGA West, the Arnold Palmer Classic Course at SilverRock, and The Quarry at La Quinta, designed by Tom Fazio, host some of the most prestigious tournaments in the world.

The city of La Quinta has 20 parks and scores of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. The parks and trails each preserve an aspect of the region’s character, from desert flora to ancient petroglyphs and, of  course, stellar views during the day and breathtaking stars in the clear desert nights.

With a year-round population of 39,331 (2013), La Quinta welcomes an  annual infl ux of “snowbirds” who enjoy its many galleries, fine restaurants, abundant recreation and entertainment options, shopping, relaxing  spas, and unlimited natural beauty.


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