Parks and Trails
The developer of Coral Mountain resort is proud to play a role in the development of public park facilities that will benefit the residents of La Quinta and the Coachella Valley. The resort’s involvement will help expedite existing plans to provide additional recreation opportunities and enhance public health benefits surrounding the beautiful Coral Mountain.
In partnership with the City of La Quinta and Desert Recreation District, the project will:
Help accelerate construction of Coral Mountain Park, the first archaeological park in the Coachella Valley. The 600-acre public nature park will include miles of new hiking trails and trailhead facilities.
Advance park fees paid to the City (at City’s discretion), to help fund construction of the first phase of park facilities and trails.
Provide a public trail link through Coral Mountain that allows hikers to continue to enjoy Coral Mountain up close, as a curated experience.
Curate pre-historic and historic resources, including 2,000-year-old cultural artifacts, protecting them from further vandalism.
How are pre-historic Native artifacts and an old adobe structure onsite being treated with respect to the property’s development?
The federally recognized Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians responded to consult on this matter. The recommendations of the Tribe’s cultural resource team have been incorporated into the Specific Plan and Final Environmental Impact Report. Worthy of note, the developer agreed to address concerns raised by the Tribe concerning the remnants of an old adobe structure on site, even though the Tribe acknowledged that the adobe has no apparent tribal significance.
Some of the most interesting cultural resources are ancient rock art panels located along the base of the Coral Mountain. Unfortunately, because of unrestricted public access to the site and trespassing over the several decades, some of these 2000-year-old features have sadly been vandalized.
The Coral Mountain plan proposes to stabilize and preserve these sensitive resources. The developer has been working with the Desert Recreation District on a trail connection through the project site, near the base of the Coral Mountain, which would allow the public to continue to enjoy limited access to the site and better protect the resources.
Additionally, tribal monitors and archaeologists will observe all earth moving activity to ensure any resources that are encountered are properly recovered, catalogued, and curated.
The project has exceeded requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act in its commitment to preserve and curate the authentic pre-historic and historic resources onsite and they will be interpreted as part of the site experience for future visitors and residents.