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Coachella Valley Ecological Reserve


The Coachella Valley includes blow-sand habitat – fine windblown sand deposits such as sand hummocks and dunes. Species that have adapted to this environment include various reptiles, rodents and insects. The approximately 1,900 acre Coachella Valley Ecological Reserve contains this habitat, as well as a variety of other desert habitats and their associated plants and animals.

Agricultural and urban development in the Coachella Valley is taking place at an accelerating rate, resulting in loss and modification of blow-sand habitat. The property was acquired to protect the habitat of a threatened lizard species, and to preserve blow-sand habitat and the flora and fauna native to such restricted habitat. It was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1983. The reserve will perpetuate a portion of this unique habitat and the desert life forms it sustains.

For more information, call the Inland Deserts Region Bishop office at (760) 872-1171.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing  Hiking Trails

PLEASE NOTE: For information on public use regulations for this area and other Department lands, refer to the link opens in new windowCDFW Public Lands Regulations (PDF). All visitors are responsible for knowing and following these regulations.

Activities: wildlife viewing, hiking

Last update : 2/15/2017 4:11:45 PM

Wildlife Branch - Lands Program
1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-0411

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Inland Deserts Region (Region 6)

Riverside County

Directions: Hwy 10 east of Indio to Washington Street north. Reserve is on west side of Washington Street and about 1 mi north of Hwy 10.

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