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Blixseth Mountain Park
Blixseth Mountain Park is located east of the Magnesia Storm Channel and the Rancho Mirage Elementary School off Mirage Road. This park was completed in 2000 and features native desert landscaping, walking paths and benches for observing the desert and mountain vistas. Considered a place to experience the natural beauty of the desert, the park offers visitors the opportunity for quiet solitude and closeness to nature not found in the other City parks. The walking trails are easy. (No water or restrooms.)
Cancer Survivors Park
Dedicated on March 24, 1996, the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Survivors Park is located on the southeast side of City Hall at Frank Sinatra Drive and Highway 111. This beautiful one-acre park features a pyramid kiosk, tiled benches, ponds, a hillside waterfall, and sculptures. The sculpture garden was designed as a celebration of life and to encourage current cancer patients to have the will to fight. One of 22 such parks in the nation, this park was constructed by the Bloch Foundation as a gift to the community. (Restrooms available on weekdays in City Hall which is adjacent to the park.)
Magnesia Falls Mini-Park
Magnesia Falls Mini-Park is located north of the Rancho Mirage Elementary School. Originally developed as a joint use park with the school district, policy changes and the cessation of the child day care center (operated by the YMCA but funded by the City), led to the dissolution of the agreement for joint use of school facilities for park-type uses. The City land still has an extensively landscaped parkway includng a meandering sidewalk and landscape monument which ties into surrounding sideswalks and neighboring Blixseth Mountain Park. In addition, the City has a perpetual easement for the 10-space parking lot at the park. This parking lot provides parking and access to Blixseth Mountain Park.
Michael S. Wolfson Park
Dedicated on November 26, 1986, Michael S. Wolfson Park is located at DaVall and Frank Sinatra Drives on a one-acre, triangular-shaped parcel adjacent to the trails system and the Whitewater Wash. This park has a Victorian theme that features a fountain, decorative lighting fixtures, benches, a Braille-marked trail and a fragrance garden. A recorded "welcome" from Dinah Shore and Frank Sinatra, who lived nearby, may be heard at the entrance to the park. The park was built by the City of Rancho Mirage in honor of former City Council Member Michael S. Wolfson who served on the Council from 1978 to 1986. In February 1988, the park was also the site of one of the first shaded bus stops in Rancho Mirage. (No restrooms.)
Dedicated in January of 1983, Whitewater Park was the City's first park and was originally built on seven acres of land adjoining the Whitewater Wash and the equestrian trail. Whitewater Park features four lighted tennis courts, two basketball courts, two racquetball / handball courts, an informal play field, picnic facilities, children's playground, life-sized fire engine, water feature, recycling drop-off location, and walking paths with a fitness circuit. Various community groups host events in the park, which is also the site of concerts and the annual Rancho MIrage Art Affaire.
Bighorn Overlook Trail
The trail is less than 1/4 mile in length with several switchbacks. At the top awaits a picnic shelter and an incredible panoramic view.
Access to the Butler-Abrams Trail is from Michael S. Wolfson Park. An asphalt trail parallels the Whitewater Wash dipping down into and out of the Wash. The trail becomes divided into two trails: one for pedestrians and one for horse-back riding. The trail connects Frank Sinatra Drive and Country Club Drive (one block north of Highway 111). Fabulous views of the mountains and a golf course are abundant on this quiet route.
This section of trail branches off of the Road Runner Trail and loops toward Cathedral City and back around the Mirada Villas ending across from the entrance to The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage hotel on the east side of Frank Sinatra Drive.
Clancy Lane Trail
This trail begins on Clancy Lane between Rancho Manana and the Monterey Gate. It continues under Bob Hope Drive down into and crossing the Whitewater Wash to Whitewater Park, following the edge of the wash.
Jack Rabbit Trail
This trail begins on the east end of the Cancer Survivors Park and goes up into the foothills behind the park towards the Bighorn Overlook. The trail passes the overlook and continues down and parallel to Frank Sinatra Drive. It ends at Frank Sinatra Drive where it merges with the Road Runner Trail and continues up to The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, located near the Mirada.
Road Runner Trail
Begins just past the grassy area in front of the Mirada fountain that is located at the bottom of Frank Sinatra Drive near Highway 111. It moves off the street through a group of palm trees and continues parallel to the road. The trail crosses Frank Sinatra below The Ritz-Carlton, rancho Mirage and continues south to the hotel entrance driveway.
Area Recreation Facilities
Palm Desert Community Center
Family YMCA of the Desert
Big League Dreams Sports Park