Explore & Play in Coachella Valley’s Gem
November 4, 2014
Nestled at the base of breathtaking desert mountains and lush, green golf courses, lies a town that is popular among golfers, hikers and biking enthusiasts alike.
It is an oasis and at the same time, an undeveloped desert. It is a town of extremes – enticing the person who needs a challenge in the raw elements as well as the individual who enjoys a more comfortable sport. La Quinta, California welcomes all people from the 60-year-old golf enthusiast to the 25 year old extreme hiker.
Named “America’s ultimate golfing destination” by the Robb Report and called “the golf capital of the world”, La Quinta provides golfing adventurers the best there is in course beauty and options. Meticulously maintained golf courses are set against the backdrop and natural beauty of the Santa Rosa Mountains. The incredible 200-acre SilverRock Resort boasts massive native bunkers and stunning water features and has won accolades as one of the top tour and municipal courses to play. La Quinta is also the host city for the PGA Tour’s Humana Challenge (formerly the Bob Hope Classic), and continues to wow both celebrities and the best golfers in the world with its landscape.
To complement its incredible courses, beautiful clubhouses are situated throughout the town, providing its golfers all the amenities they need to relax and enjoy friends after a day out on the course. Delicious restaurants, luxurious spas and refreshing pools give a reprieve that’s hard to resist.
Not to be outdone by luxury, La Quinta offers adventurers another sport – hiking. La Quinta gives opportunity to explore raw, desert beauty to everyone. Trails are ready for children, extreme hikers, and even their furry friends.
Named one of the Top 45 hikes in the West by Sunset, La Quinta Cove is a mixture of granite and desert plant life. Views of the valley awe any nature enthusiast. For the extreme hiker, the Boo Hoff Trail to Lake Cahuilla Loop is a challenging 12 miles. An old historic Indian path, the Boo Hoff Trail winds you out of civilization and amidst cacti, ancient rocks, and big-horned sheep. For the family, The Bear Creek Trail is a pleasant and easy-going 3 miles. Bring your children and dogs and take in the surrounding desert landscape all while learning about the desert plants marked on the trail for your enjoyment.
Biking has become one of the most loved sports in our country and La Quinta has embraced it. The town features over 60 miles of bike paths fit with plenty of biking facilities along the way. The city of La Quinta offers detailed information on both trails and facilities on its website for the cycling enthusiast to divulge before their trek.
Our adventurous town also offers explorers a secret getaway. Lake Cahuilla is a stunning 710-acre park situated at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains. Not widely known, adventurers will love both its remoteness and plentiful activities. Lake Cahuilla offers 91 campsites and its 135-acre lake provides fun-filled fishing recreation. Trails surrounding the area offer both hikers and horseback riders beautiful views in raw nature. For the family, Lake Cahuilla offers a pool, grassy areas, picnic tables and barbeques for an exciting getaway.
It is a place of extremes, offering luxurious conditions to untouched desert environments. Explorers have the opportunity to spend their nights camped out under the stars, but they also have the possibility of being pampered at a five-star resort. Having been a resort location for some time, La Quinta offers plenty of vacation rentals to house the whole family or a big group of friends. La Quinta is also known for its diverse restaurants, from the local sports bar to the prestigious steak house.
George Eliot once said, “Adventure is not outside man; it is within.”
La Quinta embraces this ethos with the idea that every tourist and resident alike can participate in the splendor and adventure that is La Quinta.