Parks

Blixseth Mountain Park

Mirage Road

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

Frank Sinatra Dr and Highway 111

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

North of Rancho Mirage Elementary School

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

DaVall and Frank Sinatra Dr

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.)

Rancho Mirage Community Park
71-560 San Jacinto Drive

Rancho Mirage Community Park has something for everyone. The children’s play area, “The Tot Lot”, is equipped with swings and climbing structures. Shade structures have been added to keep our tots cool.  Exercise stations have been installed throughout the park. Park goers can enjoy our pickleball, tennis and basketball courts and a walking path.

Rancho Mirage Community Park is home to the City’s Amphitheater!  The amphitheater has terrace seating to accommodate up to 1,000 guests, a dramatically covered platform stage and public restroom facilities.  The City’s Music in the Park series is planned to be an annual event.  For more details on concert schedule, click here.

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Rancho Mirage Dog Park
34-100 Key Largo Avenue
Located on the corner of Key Largo & Via Vail, Rancho Mirage Dog Park is open from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm daily and is 4.5 acres in size. There are separate areas for large dogs (1.0 acre) and small dogs (.5 acres). Decorative perimeter fencing encloses the park including double locking gate. A lighted perimeter walkway along the exterior of the fence will allow visitors to get in some exercise while at the park.  Just over four (4) laps around is equal to one (1) mile.  Shaded areas with seating are also provided along with twenty four (24) lighted parking stalls.
Click here for information about our Dog Park Donation Program.

Trails

Bighorn Overlook Trail

Frank Sinatra Dr / Highway 111 – Behind City Hall

  • Difficulty – Easy

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.

Trailhead parking is NOT permitted on Frank Sinatra Drive.  Parking is available in the upper parking lot of City Hall.

Butler-Abrams Trail

DaVall and Frank Sinatra Dr

  • Difficulty – Easy
  • Bikes Allowed

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.

Chuckwalla Trail

Frank Sinatra Dr near Highway 111

  • Difficulty – Moderate

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.

Trailhead parking is NOT permitted on Frank Sinatra Drive.  Parking is available in the upper parking lot of City Hall.

Clancy Lane Trail

Clancy Lane between Rancho Manana and the Monterey

  • Difficulty – Easy to Moderate
  • Bikes Allowed

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 River Channel to Rancho Mirage Community Park, following the edge of the channel.

Jack Rabbit Trail

Frank Sinatra Dr and Highway 111

  • Difficulty – Moderate

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.

Trailhead parking is NOT permitted on Frank Sinatra Drive.  Parking is available in the upper parking lot of City Hall.

Road Runner Trail

Frank Sinatra Drive near Highway 111

  • Difficulty – Easy to Moderate

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.

Trailhead parking is NOT permitted on Frank Sinatra Drive.  Parking is available in the upper parking lot of City Hall.

Area Recreation Facilities

Palm Desert Community Center
43900 San Pablo Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 347-3484

Family YMCA of the Desert
43-930 San Pablo Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 341-9622

Legends Fields
43-900 San Pablo Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 347-3484

Big League Dreams Sports Park
33-700 Date Palm Drive
Cathedral City, CA 92234
(760) 324-5600