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La Quinta (Spanish for “The Fifth”) is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States. Located between Indian Wells and Indio, it is one of the nine cities of the Coachella Valley. The population was 37,467 at the 2010 census, up from 23,694 at the 2000 census. The Robb Report credits La Quinta as the leading golf destination in the US. Among those destinations is the La Quinta Resort and Club, a resort dating to 1926, where director Frank Capra wrote the screenplay for Lost Horizon. The Tom Fazio-designed golf course at The Quarry at La Quinta is ranked among the top 100 golf courses in the United States. In January 2008, the Arnold Palmer Classic Course at the city’s SilverRock Golf Resort became one of the four host golf courses for the annual Bob Hope Chrysler Classic PGA golf tournament.


The Cahuilla Indians were the first inhabitants of La Quinta.

In the late-19th century and early-20th century (1880–1920), agriculture developed in present-day La Quinta and “East Valley” by pre-modern (mountain water runoff or open water springs) and modern irrigation techniques. At the time, California and federal land surveyors declared the sand dunes uninhabitable, only the hard rock ground of the “Marshall Cove” held potential farming and residential development.

In 1926, Walter Morgan established the La Quinta Resort at the northern section of Marshall Cove as a type of secluded hideaway for nearby Hollywood’s celebrities and socialites. The Resort was the site for the Coachella Valley’s first golf course, coinciding with the construction and pavement of State Route 111 in the 1930s. Further expansion of Washington Street in the 1950s and 1960s connected La Quinta with US Highways 60 and 99 (became Interstate 10 in the 1970s).

As nearby desert cities grew to capacity, La Quinta’s growth rose dramatically by the mid-1980s, which led to its incorporation as a city in Riverside County in 1982. In the 1980 census, La Quinta had 4,200 residents, then increased to 11,215 by 1990 in the city’s early phases of residential area growth. It was predominantly a part-time community until around that time.

Santa Rosa Mountains

The most prominent feature of the La Quinta area is its Santa Rosa Mountains. Visitors to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California, and EPCOT at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida, are treated to a brief glimpse of the foothills in one of the park’s attractions: Soarin’ Over California. The “Palm Springs” segment of Soarin’ Over California was actually shot at the world-famous PGA West golf complex in La Quinta. The Santa Rosa Mountains (California) are nestled against the golf course and can be seen easily in the segment.

The area is very close to the earthquake-causing San Andreas Fault, with some companies offering jeep tours to the fault line.



The city enjoys a healthy tourism industry, especially during the cooler winter months in which “snowbird” tourists arrive. The most prominent industry is golfing with more than twenty golf courses, including the world-famous PGA West, which has hosted prestigious tournaments such as The Skins Game, Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, The Grand Slam of Golf, The Legends of Golf, as well as the PGA Tour Qualifying School. La Quinta has increased the number of retail shopping centers, both discount and high-end retailers brought millions of revenue dollars to the city, and the city council hopes for La Quinta to share a reputation for shoppers like Palm Desert (El Paseo) and Palm Springs (the Village and Palm Canyon) by the end of the decade.

Service industries

In addition to standard service industries, La Quinta is the site of the first Wal-Mart Supercenter in California. Moreover, many residents work for the tourist industries in hotels, resorts, golf courses, and nearby Vegas-style casinos, such as: Spa Resort Casino, Agua Caliente Casino, Spotlight 29, Fantasy Springs and Augustine Casino. There are many service industry jobs related to the construction, hotel, landscaping, and retail industries. La Quinta has sought to bring in high-paying professional businesses to the city and has benefited from neighboring cities’ growth (Indio, Palm Desert and Palm Springs). The city’s downtown commercial district is officially known as “The Village.” The Village District includes private commercial developments such as “Old Town” and “Plaza Calle Tampico,” and contains many professional offices, the City museum, small tourist-oriented shops and boutiques, and several restaurants.

Old Town La Quinta

Old Town La Quinta is a commercial real estate development that was founded and developed by Wells Marvin. It consists of 30 cafes, shops, boutiques, salons, and services as well as 20 office spaces on the 2nd story above the businesses. The town hosts Art on Main St. and La Quinta’s Farmers Market.

In 2001 Wells purchased six acres of land and decided to create a Main Street, inspired by Spanish Colonial architecture in Santa Barbara, Carmel as well as small European towns he had lived in as a child. Old Town opened in 2003 and is situated on Calle Tampico, Desert Club Drive, Avanidas Bermudas, and Calle La Fonda.

Public safety

Police services are provided under contract with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department through the Thermal Station, which also serves the city of Coachella and unincorporated areas of the eastern Coachella Valley.

The city of La Quinta contracts for fire and paramedic services with the Riverside County Fire Department through a cooperative agreement with CAL FIRE.

American Medical Response provides ambulance services to La Quinta.


La Quinta is located south of Interstate 10 and is served by California State Route 111, the main arterial route through the Coachella Valley.

The city is part of the SunBus line, which services much of the Coachella Valley.

Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport, in the community of Thermal, is located 10 miles (16 km) to the east. The Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) is located 20 miles (32 km) northwest of the city.


The city has a public library that began operations in 2005.

Public schools
The Desert Sands Unified School District services the entire city of La Quinta, and maintains the following public schools:


  • Harry S. Truman Elementary School
  • Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, an IB World School
  • Amelia Earhart Elementary School of International Studies, an IB World School

Middle school

  • La Quinta Middle School, opened in 1987, a charter school.
  • Colonel Mitchell Paige Middle School on the city limits with Palm Desert.
  • John Glenn Middle School of Intermediate Studies in nearby Indio.

High school

  • La Quinta High School, an IB World School
  • Summit High School, an alternative/independent studies school

STEM schools

  • John Adams Early Childhood Education Center, formerly Elementary school until 2016.
  • George Washington Carver Elementary School

Alternative schools

  • Summit High School, a continuation high school opened in 2006, next to Mitchell Paige Middle School.
  • Horizon High School and Horizon Middle School located next to the Desert Sands Unified School District administration building.


The city of La Quinta has 20 parks:

  • Adams Park
  • Bear Creek Trail Park
  • Colonel Mitchell Paige Soccer Fields
  • Cove Oasis
  • Desert Pride Park
  • Eisenhower Park
  • Frances Hack Community Park and YMCA
  • Fred Wolff Nature Reserve
  • Fritz Burns-La Quinta Community Pool Park
  • La Quinta Baseball Fields Park and Gerald Ford Boys and Girls Club Center
  • La Quinta Civic Center Park
  • La Quinta Trails (hiking and bike trails)
  • La Quinta-Westward Ho Park
  • Monticello Park
  • Pioneer Park
  • Saguaro Park
  • Seasons Park
  • Southside-Santa Rosa Park
  • Velasco Park
  • Yucatán Park

Lake Cahuilla Regional Park is a Riverside County park, and the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument is under the US Department of the Interior / National Park Service.

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