As if all the first-class resorts, dining, nightlife, gaming, retail, and entertainment we enjoy within Rancho Mirage’s borders wasn’t enough, our fair city also has its fair share of the natural wonderment to be found throughout the Palm Springs Valley. Yes, there’s abundant sun, sky, and fresh air everywhere—not to mention the glorious Santa Rosa Mountains that surround us. But very few people know that Rancho Mirage boasts no less than four beautiful parks that beckon tourists and residents alike to seek and find their treasures.
Located off Mirage Road, east of the Magnesia Storm Channel and the Rancho Mirage Elementary School, Blixseth Mountain Park is resplendent, with its native desert landscaping, winding walking paths, and benches that are perfect for a breather, or for sitting still and gazing at the peaceful desert and mountain views. While this oasis has neither water nor restrooms, it does afford its visitors a silence—both real and metaphorical—not found elsewhere.
On the southeast side of City Hall at Frank Sinatra Drive and Highway 111 lies the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Survivors Park, a pristine single acre that features a pyramid kiosk, tiled benches, ponds, a hillside waterfall, and a sculpture garden whose pieces were intended to celebrate life and to give strength to cancer patients and their loved ones. While this park has no water or restrooms either, visitors can use amenities at the adjacent City Hall on weekdays.
At DaVall and Frank Sinatra Drives, neighboring the Whitewater Wash, you’ll find Michael S. Wolfson Park. Its highlights include a fountain, decorative lighting fixtures, benches, a Braille-marked trail, and a fragrance garden. Don’t forget to take a listen to the pre-recorded welcome message from former residents Dinah Shore and Frank Sinatra as you enter the park. And please note that there are no rest room facilities on site.
What used to be known as Whitewater Park is now Rancho Mirage Community Park. Still located at 71-560 San Jacinto Drive, this serene spot boasts four lighted tennis courts, two basketball courts, a pair of racquetball/handball courts, an informal play field, picnic facilities, a playground for kids, a life-sized fire engine, a water feature, a recycling drop-off location, and walking paths with a fitness circuit. Myriad community groups host events in the park, which also serves as the site for the annual Rancho Mirage Art Affaire.
So get out a little, find one—or more—of these great parks, and lose yourself in them. And please remember that all of Rancho Mirage’s parks are pet-friendly, but your four-legged friends and family members must remain on leash at all times. But rest assured, dog lovers: A fifth Rancho Mirage park—this one a dog park—is in the works!