Yucca Valley was voted as one of the Top Ten Retirement Locations in 2007 by US News & World Report. Morongo Valley, Landers, Joshua Tree, and Twentynine Palms). The Town of Yucca Valley was incorporated in 1991, and it offers an upbeat and progressive community with rural character. It’s only a 30-minute drive to Palm Springs, but the elevation of this high desert community is 3300 feet, so the summer days are 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the Palm Springs area. The business area includes 3 banks, 5 savings and loans, a Super WalMart, K-Mart, state-of-the-art medical facilities, 2 shopping centers, 3 supermarkets, an 18-hole golf course, national name franchises, and many small businesses.
Because of the clean air you can see millions of stars nearly every night. The area was popular for viewing of Halley’s Comet and, more recently, the Hale-Bopp Comet. Every October a local group of amateur astronomers has a festival known as Starry Nights.
Just minutes from Yucca Valley is the community of Pioneertown. This area was used in the late 40s and 50s for B-film western movies starring actors such as Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. Pioneertown’s growing group of residents take pride in the western heritage which is reminiscent of earlier days of gold mining and cattle ranching.
Due to clean air, nearly every night you can see millions of stars. This area was popular for viewing of Halley’s Comet and, more recently, the Hale-Bopp Comet. Every October a local group of amateur astronomers has a festival called Starry Nights.
Joshua Tree is a rural community of about 14,000 residents approximately 6 miles east of Yucca Valley on Highway 62. It has the first entrance (west end) to the world renowned Joshua Tree National Park. This national park has over 1.5 million visitors every year from all over the world. Property values are a little more affordable than in Yucca Valley, with properties from half acres up to five acres. This area is an unincorporated community in the County of San Bernardino.
Morongo Valley is a valley 18 miles north of Palm Springs and 8 miles west of Yucca Valley. With a population of 4000 and an elevation of 2650 feet, it is cooler than Palm Springs. This area offers more affordable properties with similar lot sizes and fewer infrastructures, making it very rural with special views of spectacular snow-capped mountains. This area is an unincorporated part of the County of San Bernardino; much of which has been subdivided into 1.25-, 2.5-, and 5-acre lots. The world-famous Nature Conservancy offers one of the few small bird migratory paths in the United States. Over 300 species of birds have been spotted here. The community is a great place to live for those employed in the Palm Springs area.