Surrounded by three magnificent mountain ranges, Palm Desert, CA is sheltered from coastal air pollution and inclement weather. With 350 days of sunshine a year, and an average annual rainfall of 3.38 inches, there is seldom reason to postpone outdoor activites and fun.
The Coachella Valley is made up of eight unique cities that form one magical desitnation known as the Palm Springs Desert Resorts. From nostalgic Palm Springs on the west end to Indio – the city of festivals- in the east, countless adventures await you in between.
Enjoy warm Southern California weather all year round. With an average of 350 days of sunshine a year, Palm Desert is sure to offer the perfect climate for whatever you have planned, either a vacation or living in the area. Hike and bike, tennis, and of course golf all winter long. Soak up some sunshine in April. Spend September lingering in the never-ending summer.
Palm Desert is the home of the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, a combination zoo and botanical garden featuring an extensive collection of desert plants and animals. It is also the site of the campus of College of the Desert, the local community college, as well as an extension campuses for both California State University, San Bernardino and the University of California Riverside.
Palm Desert is served by the Desert Sands Unified School District based in La Quinta and Indio. Its main High School is Palm Desert High School (with 1800 students) and its main Middle School (with 900 students) is Palm Desert Middle School. Other schools are elementary level: George Washington Charter, Abraham Lincoln, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. Riverside County operates San Cayetano Community School, a grade 1 to 12 educational facility. Palm Desert has seven prominent private schools: Desert Adventist Academy, St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, Palm Desert Presbyterian School, Sacred Heart Catholic Academy, Marywood Academy, the Learning Tree Academy, and the Palm Desert Jewish Community School.