Destination: La Quinta The Gem of the Desert

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You know the desert, from Joshua Tree to Palm Springs to Coachella, but have you discovered the real Gem, La Quinta? Nestled between Palm Desert and Indio, La Quinta is home to PGA West, the La Quinta Resort & Spa and lies at the foot of the Santa Rosa Mountains for peaceful views from any angle. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly destination, celebrating an anniversary or getting away with your best friends, La Quinta embraces the outdoors, fine dining and offers a unique creative scene. Stroll through Old Town for a beautiful palette of blue skies, bougainvillea and cobblestones, take a covered jeep tour, go for a hike or play a game of golf – whatever your heart desires, La Quinta is ready and waiting for you.

Art In Public Places

La Quinta isn’t just an artistic oasis but prides itself in dedication to culture and creativity. While art has always been a priority, the latest initiative has been to make art truly accessible for all to enjoy. Inviting local artists to showcase across the city, you can now interact with murals and sculptures in even the most unexpected places. Grab a bike, coordinate your own art tour and be sure to visit these landmarks:

Fancy getting creative yourself? Get inspired by Chris Sanchez’s Chromaplex mural while you work from the Creation Station at La Quinta Public Library.

Find inspiration on your way in as well with the Hydra & Volta two-wall mural by John Cuevas right in front of the Library on Calle Tampico.

The massive Roadrunner at the Jefferson & Ave 52 traffic circle is a temporary installation you may recognize if you’ve been to Coachella Music & Arts Festival. On loan from Goldenvoice, the Roadrunner is a monumental testament of gratitude for what the Festival has done for the local community and economy.

Bloom by Los Angeles artist Nate Frizzell is the most recent addition to La Quinta’s art community. Located in an eastern neighborhood at Fred Waring Dr & Adams St, Frizzell completed the hyperrealist mural in March 2021. 

Desert Cahuilla Indian History

There is a special energy in the desert, one the Indigenous People have known for much longer than folks have been making it a destination for reprieve. In La Quinta, the rich history of the Desert Cahuilla is ingrained in all aspects of the city. Just south of La Quinta in Thermal, the Torres-Martinez Reservation is more than just a home to the descendents of early Desert Cahuillas who continue to thrive and share their traditions, keeping the community strong. For a glimpse of how the hunter/gather society lived around Ancient Lake Cahuilla, take a guided hike that takes you to the Lake Cahuilla Fish Traps Archaeological Site and petroglyphs. Get an in-depth tour of the first residents of La Quinta at the museum and check out ‘Images of America, La Quinta’ published by the La Quinta Historical Society in 2021.

Hiking Trails

You don’t have to be a nature enthusiast to be wow’d by La Quinta’s natural beauty. Palm trees, an endless mountainous skyline and beautiful sunsets adorn the desert city and set the tone for epic hikes and nature walks. Head to the Cove for hiking trails that take you through La Quinta’s dunes, through the desert landscape and even to Lake Cahuilla. Take it easy and pack a picnic on the dog-friendly Cove Oasis trail with a stunning view of the valley below, visit the palm oasis on Bear Creek Trail or get your blood pumping on the 8.5 mile Boo Hoff Trail. Find an interactive map of trails here or iPhone users can download the “City of La Quinta” app. Be sure to try out the new futuristic portaloo at the trailhead parking lot before you head out!

Golf at SilverRock Resort

The latest addition to La Quinta’s Arnold Palmer Classic Course, SilverRock Resort is a mid century-modern renaissance of luxury in design, ethos and surroundings. Formerly the working cattle ranch and vacation retreat of Howard Ahmansan, it is a 525-acre parcel of land that hosted the PGA Tour’s Bob Hope Classic from 2008-2011. The challenging 7,239 yards and over 200 acres are open to golfers of all levels and non-residential players. Find the perfect zen for your swing with an eagle’s eye view of 360 degrees of tranquil desert mountains – maybe you’ll even make an eagle on the next hole. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, visit the SilverRock Grill in the historic Ahmanson Ranch House for contemporary comfort food and a glass of wine on the patio.

La Quinta’s Signature Drink at La Quinta Resort

The city of La Quinta was named after the Resort & Club, built in 1926 by Walter H. Morgan, so it’s not a true visit to this desert oasis without stopping by Morgan’s in the Desert, the iconic hideaway bar and restaurant where greats like Clark Gable, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford used to kick back. Showcasing sophisticated American cuisine, Morgan’s crafts thoughtful cocktails and healthy dishes. Start your night off with La Quinta’s signature cocktail, the Cinnamon-Smoked Old Fashionista featuring Whistle Pig Ten Year Rye, Vanilla-Cinnamon Infused Syrup, Orange & Angostura Bitters, Smoked Cinnamon and a Cinnamon Stick Garnish.

Photo by La Quinta Resort & Club

Just as Mr. Morgan envisioned nearly a century ago, escape the burden of city-living and share in the simplicity of good food, good friends and stunning views. With so many activity options, make your own elegantly unpretentious memory gems and carry on the tradition of finding peace in the desert!