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Climate and Geography

Nestled among the Santa Rosa Mountains, Rancho Mirage is an idyllic desert oasis for residents and visitors alike.

Rancho Mirage is located in California’s Palm Springs Valley within easy driving distance of most of California’s larger cities. The beautiful landscape of the Colorado Desert along with Mt. San Jacinto and Mt. San Gorgonio (Southern California’s two highest peaks) create an absolutely picturesque home, and the close proximity to larger cities plus Rancho Mirage’s own booming tourism industry make for a practical and fruitful place to live.

Speaking of fruitful … the climate of the Valley is conducive to growing several types of fruit. Before its boom as a resort town in the 1950s, Rancho Mirage’s oldest residents were drawn here by the rich ranching land. In 1934, Les and M.C. Clancy built the first Rancho Mirage house and ranch and began farming dates, grapefruit and grapes. Many other ranchers followed suit and the Rio Del Sol and Clancy Lane area became a popular location for date and citrus farms.

Just a few years later, the desirable climate again attracted people to the area. This time, instead of ranchers looking to farm, Rancho Mirage was noticed by celebrities looking to golf. Thunderbird Golf Course and Tamarisk Country Club were built in the early 1950s, enticing some of Hollywood’s biggest names to the area.

This ideal ranching and golfing weather consists of approximately 350 days of sunshine per year. Temperatures are warm, and the average annual rainfall is just over three inches. Because of this beautiful weather, much of Rancho Mirage’s population is made up of seasonal residents escaping colder winter months elsewhere.

The San Andreas Fault runs through the Palm Springs Valley making earthquake preparedness essential. The city has thorough emergency plans in place and residents are encouraged to do the same. Though Rancho Mirage does experience the occasional earthquake, there has not been any devastating damage in recent history, partially due to the stable bedrock foundation in the area.

Average Low and High Temperatures

January — 41–69F
February — 45–74F
March — 48–79F
April — 54–87F
May — 60–94F
June — 66–102F
July — 74–108F
August — 73–107F
September — 67–102F
October — 59–92F
November — 48–79F
December — 42–70F

Miles from Rancho Mirage

Big Bear Lake — 100
Idyllwild — 37
Las Vegas — 284
Los Angeles — 120
Phoenix — 275
San Bernardino — 63
San Diego — 125
San Francisco — 491
Santa Barbara — 211
Tucson — 394

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