newest visitor demographic group to discover
the laid-back vibe and small town atmosphere.
Europeans flock to the desert in summer to
escape the crowds and finicky weather back
home. The venerable Two Bunch Palms Resort
is embarking on a multimillion-dollar expansion even as it generates its own solar power to
reduce its carbon footprint.
Desert Hot Springs’ proximity to Joshua
Tree National Park has drawn many visitors
to the city over the years. That symbiotic relationship got even stronger when President
Obama designated the foothills above the
city as part of the 154,000-acre Sand to Snow
National Monument with some of the most
dramatic hiking trails in the Coachella Valley.
City Council representatives are working with
the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S.
Forest Service to recruit volunteers to clear
and maintain trails that invite hikers to walk
from the national park directly into Cabot’s
Pueblo Museum in Desert Hot Springs.
Bruce Abney, owner of El Morocco Inn
& Spa, came to Desert Hot Springs 16 years
ago, and his business has grown every month,
year after year. After working in big hotels and
smaller inns for most of his career, he decided
Top: Cabot’s Pueblo Museum, now
included on the National Register
of Historic Places, continues to
draw tourists and is a testament to
the city’s cultural heritage. Above:
With stunning views of the nearby
mountains, the city offers a perfect
mix of natural beauty and small-town charm.
to put down roots with his own establishment.
Says Abney, “I love being in a small commu-
nity. We happily recommend great local res-
taurants to our guests, I’m president of the
hoteliers’ association and we have open access
to the mayor and City Council whenever we
need it. We feel like we have a voice in the
future of Desert Hot Springs.” T o p