Palm Desert

The vibrant heart of Greater Palm Springs, where culture and leisure converge.

Welcome to Palm Desert

The vibrant heart of Greater Palm Springs, where culture and leisure converge.

Palm Desert, the central gem of Greater Palm Springs, epitomizes the vibrant lifestyle of the Coachella Valley with its bustling atmosphere and active community. Renowned for its expansive array of boutiques, art galleries, and dining options, Palm Desert offers a rich tapestry of cultural and recreational activities set against a backdrop of stunning desert landscapes. This city is a haven for those who appreciate the finer things in life, from luxury shopping at El Paseo Shopping District to the natural wonders of The Living Desert.

The introduction of the Acrisure Arena in 2022, home to the AHL Hockey team Coachella Valley Firebirds, has further elevated Palm Desert's status as a premier destination for entertainment and sports in the region. Coupled with the renowned McCallum Theater, the city boasts an impressive lineup of concert venues and theater-style settings, ensuring that residents and visitors alike have access to a diverse range of live performances and events throughout the year.

What to Love

  • El Paseo Shopping District: Often referred to as the "Rodeo Drive of the Desert," this district offers upscale shopping and dining experiences.
  • The Living Desert: A unique combination of zoo and botanical garden that showcases the desert's natural beauty.
  • Acrisure Arena: A state-of-the-art venue for concerts, sports, and major events, enhancing the city's entertainment landscape.
  • Outdoor Activities: With numerous hiking trails and parks, Palm Desert is perfect for those who love to explore the outdoors.

Local Lifestyle

Palm Desert's lifestyle is characterized by its dynamic blend of leisure, culture, and outdoor activities. Residents enjoy a sunny, active lifestyle, with mornings often spent on hiking trails or golf courses and evenings filled with dining al fresco on El Paseo or attending a performance at the McCallum Theater. The city's central location within the Greater Palm Springs area makes it a focal point for cultural festivals and community events, fostering a lively and engaged community atmosphere.

Dining and Shopping

At the heart of Palm Desert's shopping and dining scene is the El Paseo Shopping District, where visitors can explore an array of designer boutiques, art galleries, and gourmet restaurants. Dining options cater to a wide range of tastes, from casual cafes to fine dining establishments, ensuring a memorable culinary experience for every palate.

The recent addition of the Acrisure Arena has also introduced new dining and entertainment options to the city, further diversifying the local scene. Meanwhile, The Living Desert offers a unique dining experience amidst the beauty of nature, providing an unforgettable backdrop for meals and gatherings.

Things to Do

Entertainment and leisure activities abound in Palm Desert. The Acrisure Arena brings top-tier concerts, sports events, and performances to the desert, making it a hub for entertainment. The McCallum Theater complements this with a rich program of theater, dance, and music, catering to the cultural aficionados of the city.

For those who prefer the great outdoors, hiking trails and parks offer endless opportunities for exploration and recreation. From the challenging paths of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains to the serene landscapes of local parks, there's always something new to discover.


Higher education thrives in Palm Desert, with institutions like the College of the Desert and the Cal State San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus, soon to become Cal State Palm Desert, providing a range of academic programs and opportunities for lifelong learning. These campuses not only contribute to the city's vibrant intellectual community but also offer resources and events that enrich the broader community.
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