"Rancho Mirage" Rancho Mirage by Yaqui

Rancho Mirage Travel Guide: 22 reviews and 60 photos

The Agua Caliente Native Americans were the first residents of the Coachella Valley as with Palm Springs, Cathedral City and Palm Desert. They lived in the canyons establishing their villages along the creeks and pools of water, natural palm groves, and hot springs. Thus, where their name came from Hot Springs in Spanish Agua Caliente. They gathered natural plants to get their seeds to grow natural sources of food. Spanish explorer Captain Jose Romero expedition was searching for a route to the Colorado River when he came upon the Agua Caliente tribe.

It wasn’t until the railroad found its way through this area and a train station was established Coachella in 1946. Like so many other California communities, residents did find there way here and establishing settlements because of the railroad. Another attraction was for health benefits of the warm, dry climate. Agricultural opportunities were an attraction due to the plentiful of water and fertile soil. Lots were sold around 1887, and crops such as alfalfa, grapes, corn, figs, apricots, grapefruit, oranges, and dates sprung up.

Yet, the area was connected before the railroad was finished to the outside world by stage routes, one of which ran through the Rancho Mirage area. Bradshaw Stage Lines from the 1860s, operated to and from California to Arizona. After this route was graded by 1915, it was called the Bradshaw Highway and now, Highway 111.

Then by the 1920’s Hollywood was attracted to this area and this became a winter haven for celebrities. Then mega land developers roared in creating many land developments and posh communities that afforded plush country clubs and golf greens that attracted the attention of celebrities and the wealthy who bought their summer homes here. It eventually earned the name of “golf capital of the world.” Now Rancho Mirage holds some of the famous yearly tournaments such as the Women’s Invitational, the Ryder Cup, and the first Bob Hope Classic. Rancho Mirage was eventually incorporated August 3, 1973 and stands as one of premier communities of Southern California.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A very lovely community!
  • Cons:People drive way to fast!
  • In a nutshell:A place of cool palm breezes!
  • Last visit to Rancho Mirage: Dec 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2009
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  • msbrandysue's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    What a neat stop... Looks perfect for a summer location, too. :) Oh, and we're going to Knotts Berry Farm on our Disney/LA trip this summer too. Super excited!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2009 at 10:46 PM

    This is nice! Great sculptures, gardens, buildings, it looks a lovely area, thanks for the tour.

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2009 at 8:09 AM

    Wonderful Rancho Mirage travel page with great images. Cancer Survivors Park and Bighorn Overlook Trail certainly sound wonderful and interesting. Thanks for the virtual tour. ~ho & pang

  • MD2nd's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2009 at 12:25 AM

    Stopping by for checking out your Rancho Mirage page again, and leave you thank & g'morn there!

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2009 at 4:50 AM

    The tranquil Cancer Survivor Park is a nice idea..we should have more of these. I deal with Cancer patients at work everyday and it's just so sad...

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jun 8, 2009 at 3:10 AM

    This looks a lovely community Dee. As a librarian I was pleased to see the public library featured (but why is it not open at weekends?)

  • starship's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2009 at 6:53 AM

    Rancho Mirage looks like a particularly beautiful place to visit or live in!

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2009 at 8:25 AM

    Another nice slice of California :-)

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    We certainly enjoyed Rancho Mirage during our California visit in about 1996. Lots added since then. I really love the Cancer Survivors Park [we have one in Chicago, too]. Like you, I love the statues.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2009 at 8:44 AM

    Another fine place to relax and take a lot of photos. Cancer Survivor Park and the River must have been places to do it... Thanks Dee for the virtual tour!

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