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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

Activities: wildlife viewing, hiking

PLEASE NOTE: For information on public use regulations for this area and other Department lands please refer to the link opens in new windowCDFW Public Lands Regulations booklet. Scroll to the Table of Contents. Locate the page number for general regulations for public uses on all Department lands. For additional regulations that apply only to certain properties, check the Table of Contents for sections that refer to additional or property-specific regulations for wildlife areas or ecological reserves. All visitors are responsible for knowing and following the general and property-specific regulations.

Last update : 10/31/2018 9:35:08 AM

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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