Why our Area is so Unique
The Joshua Tree National Park attracts about 1.5 million visitors a year and borders the Morongo Basin and the Gateway Communities of Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, Pioneertown, Joshua Tree, Landers, and Twentynine Palms. The incredible night sky, unique natural surroundings and delightful rural nature of our area has made the Morongo Basin, a favorite destination of equestrians, stargazers, photographers and nature enthusiasts. The abundant flora and fauna complement an active lifestyle in a small town setting, yet it is conveniently located within a short drive of many of Southern California's resort destinations. The Morongo Basin residents have ready access to Palm Springs, the Colorado River recreation areas, the Big Bear mountain resorts and the Joshua Tree National Park.
Western end of the Morongo basin, Yucca Valley is an incorporated town located in San Bernardino County, California, United States. The population was 20,700 at the 2010 census. Yucca Valley lies 17 miles (27 km) west of Twentynine Palms, 37 miles (60 km) north of Palm Springs, 89 miles (143 km) south of Barstow via State Route 247, 45 miles (72 km) southeast of Lucerne Valley and 55 miles (89 km) east of San Bernardino.
Bordered in the west by the San Bernardino Mountains and in the south by the Joshua Tree National Park, the Yucca Valley community is located in the Mojave Desert at roughly 3,300 feet (1,000 m) above sea level.
Eastern end of the Morongo Basin, Twentynine Palms (also known as 29 Palms) is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. It was previously called Twenty-Nine Palms. The population was 25,048 at the 2010 census.
Twentynine Palms is located on State Route 62 about 20 miles (32 km) east of Yucca Valley.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 59.1 square miles (153 km2), all land.
The city is in a desert and mountain area. It has an average elevation of 1,991 feet (607 m).
The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms is located there.
The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) also known as 29 Palms is a United States Marine Corps base. It was a census-designated place (CDP) officially known as Twentynine Palms Base located adjacent to the city of Twentynine Palms in southern San Bernardino County, California. As of the 2000 census, the base had a total population of 8,413. The zip code of the base is 92278.
Twentynine Palms Base is located within the Morongo Basin and the High Desert region of the Mojave Desert, in Southern California.
MCAGCC Twentynine Palms is approximately 98 miles from the Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, which is located in the city of Barstow, California. It is also approximately 111 miles from the Barstow-Daggett Airport located in Daggett, California.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the base has a total area of 1.4 mi² (3.7 km²). This area is all land with none covered by water. This area only applies to the main cantonment which includes the base housing; the entire installation is far larger, with 931.7 mi² (2,413.2 km²) of surface area, all land. There was a resident population of 14,090 on this territory as of the 2000 census.
The terrain is consistent with steeply-sloped mountains and flat valleys running northwest-southeast, with elevations ranging from 1,800 to 4,500 feet (1,400 m) above sea level. The training area is also characterized with ancient lava flows, as well as dry lake beds and arroyos (or wadis) that fill quickly during rain, presenting the danger of powerful floods and washouts that can move armored vehicles. Many abandoned mines dot the terrain, as well as unexploded ordnance and shrapnel, making unauthorized travel in the training areas dangerous.
The climate is described best as arid and upland desert. Summer temperatures can peak at 120°F and bottom at 15°F in the winter, with an annual average of 67°F. Precipitation averages to four inches (102 mm) annually, most often in the fall and winter months. Weather is generally clear and sunny days, with low humidity.
Central area of the Morongo Basin, Joshua Tree is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Bernardino County, California, United States. The population was 7,414 at the 2010 census.Joshua Tree is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Bernardino County, California, United States. The population was 7,414 at the 2010 census.Joshua Tree is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Bernardino County, California, United States. The population was 7,414 at the 2010 census.Joshua Tree is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Bernardino County, California, United States. The population was 7,414 at the 2010 census.Joshua Tree is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Bernardino County, California, United States. The population was 7,414 at the 2010 census.Joshua Tree is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Bernardino County, California, United States. The population was 7,414 at the 2010 census.Joshua Tree is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Bernardino County, California, United States. The population was 7,414 at the 2010 census.
Joshua Tree is located in the Mojave Desert at 34°7′37″N 116°19′7″W.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 95.9 km² (37.0 mi²), all land. Joshua Tree, California is home to Joshua Tree National Park. Joshua Tree shares the border to its east with Twentynine Palms, California; and its western border with Landers, California..
Extreme west end of Morongo Basin, Morongo Valley is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Bernardino County, California, United States. The population was 3,552 at the 2010 census, up from 1,929 at the 2000 census.
Morongo Valley is located at 34°3′19″N 116°34′56″W (34.055322, -116.582276).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 25.2 square miles (65 km2), all land.
Morongo Valley lies along the western edge of the Mojave Desert and near the northern edge of the Coachella Valley, and as such is generally dry. Monsoonal moisture leads to thunderstorms at times during the summer, but in the winter, Pacific storms bring most of the rain.
Northwest area of Morongo Basin, Pioneertown, California is an unincorporated village in the Morongo Basin region of Southern California's Inland Empire Metropolitan Area. It is located approximately 56 miles (90 km) east of San Bernardino.
The town started as a live-in Old West motion picture set, built in the 1940s. The movie set was designed to provide a place for the actors to live, and at the same time to have their homes used as part of the movie set. A number of Westerns and early television shows were filmed in Pioneertown, including The Cisco Kid and Edgar Buchanan's Judge Roy Bean. Roy Rogers, Dick Curtis, and Russell Hayden were among the original developers and investors, and Gene Autry frequently taped his show at the six-lane Pioneer Bowl bowling alley. Its construction was credited to one "A.E. Thompson" in 1947 and Rogers himself rolled out the first ball in 1949. School-age children were hired as pinsetters until the installation of automatic pinsetting equipment in the 1950s. According to the Morongo Basin Historical Society, the bowling alley is one of the oldest in continuous use in California.
Northern area of Morongo basin, Landers is an unincorporated community in San Bernardino County, California. The town lies in the Homestead Valley of the Mojave Desert, northeast of Flamingo Heights. The closest larger towns are Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree. The town has its own small airport, Landers Airport.
Landers also has its own Post Office at Landers Lane and Reche Road: 92285. A Loyal Order of Moose lodge, Convenience Store, Realty Office, Chamber of Commerce, Elementary School, and Community Center are also located in the mostly residential area. The population is 10,000, or so the sign on the Landers Post Office says. Landers's elevation is 3,100' above Sea Level.
Near Landers is Giant Rock, a large freestanding boulder. In the 1950s through the 1970s, it was a popular gathering point for UFO believers. UFO contactee George Van Tassel built his Integratron in the Giant Rock area.
The area was also the epicenter of the Landers Earthquake, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake on June 28, 1992 which caused considerable structural damage to the surrounding area, and one death, that of a three-year-old child. The image shown most frequently on the news was the complete collapse of the northern wall of the Yucca Lanes Bowling Center. It was later revealed that this wall was in fact a temporary one designed for easy removal should the building be expanded at a future date. Yucca Valley lies 14 miles South of Landers.
The ZIP Code is 92285 and the community is inside area code 760.
Coachella Valley is a large valley landform in Southern California. The valley includes the well known communities of Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, Bermuda Dunes, La Quinta, Indio, and Coachella. The valley extends for approximately 45 miles (72 km) in Riverside County southeast from the San Bernardino Mountains to the saltwater Salton Sea, the largest lake in California. It is approximately 15 miles (24 km) wide along most of its length, bounded on the west by the San Jacinto Mountains and the Santa Rosa Mountains and on the north and east by the Little San Bernardino Mountains. The San Andreas Fault crosses the valley from the Chocolate Mountains in the southeast corner and along the centerline of the Little San Bernardinos. The fault is easily visible along its northern length as a strip of greenery against an otherwise bare mountain.
The Chocolate Mountains are home to a United States Navy live gunnery range and are mostly off-limits to the public. In comparison to the "Inland Empire (IE)" (Riverside-San Bernardino area and the California desert), some people refer to the IE's sub-region Coachella Valley as the "Desert Empire" to differentiate it from the neighboring Imperial Valley. Geographers and geologists sometimes call the area, along with the Imperial Valley to the south, the "Cahuilla Basin" or the "Salton Trough".
Geographically, it is the agricultural and recreational desert valley in Southern California, United States, east of Riverside and San Bernardino. Populated by nearly 600,000 people, the valley is part of the 13th largest metropolitan area in the United States, the Inland Empire. The famous desert resort cities of Palm Springs and Palm Desert lie in the Coachella Valley. The Coachella Valley is the second largest sub-region in the Inland Empire metropolitan area, after the Greater San Bernardino Area. It may be due to the number of seasonal residents in the winter months may surpassed the number of permanent residents in the total Riverside area.