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Rancho Mirage Overview

Rancho Mirage, nestled in the Coachella Valley of Southern California, is a tranquil desert city renowned for its upscale resorts, golf courses, and scenic vistas. Originally inhabited by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the area saw Spanish colonization in the 18th century before becoming part of the United States in the mid-19th century. However, it wasn’t until the mid-20th century that Rancho Mirage began to emerge as a prominent destination, with the development of luxury estates and golf communities attracting affluent residents seeking a tranquil desert lifestyle.

Today, Rancho Mirage exudes an air of sophistication and exclusivity, offering a blend of luxurious amenities, outdoor recreation, and cultural attractions such as the Annenberg Estate and Sunnylands Center & Gardens. With its pristine surroundings and year-round sunshine, Rancho Mirage continues to captivate visitors and residents alike, providing a serene escape in the heart of the California desert.

Rancho Mirage History

Rancho Mirage’s history boasts a blend of indigenous presence and mid-century modern development. The Agua Caliente Cahuilla tribe originally inhabited the land, likely drawn to its natural beauty and resources. Spanish explorers passed through the area in the 18th century, but significant development wouldn’t arrive until the 20th century.
Rancho Mirage’s modern story began in the 1930s. Investors saw potential in the desert landscape and began purchasing land. The name “Rancho Mirage” itself emerged around this time, with one tale crediting a woman named Ruth Wheeler who spotted a distant ranch and likened it to a mirage. The post-war boom in tourism further fueled Rancho Mirage’s growth. Lush golf courses and stylish residences transformed the desert into a desirable escape, attracting celebrities and establishing Rancho Mirage as a destination in its own right.



  • Wally’s Desert Turtle
  • Las Casuelas Nuevas
  • Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage
  • Shabu Shabi Zen
  • Norma’s Italian Kitchen
  • Si Bon

Top Coffee Shops

  • Koffi
  • RM Coffee
  • Sunnylands

Cool Bars/Speakeasy

  • Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage Main Bar
  • Blu Ember Rancho Las Palmas

Activities to do

  • Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory
  • The Galleri Classic Golf Tournament
  • Sunnylands
  • Agua Caliente Casino and Concerts