Morongo Basin Region
The Morongo Basin Region is a large basin and valley located in the Mojave Desert and San Bernardino County in Southern California and is considered a part of the Inland Empire. The Morongo Basin is north of the Coachella Valley and east of the San Bernardino Mountains. Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and Morongo Valley are all located within the Morongo Basin. The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms is also located in the basin. Mount San Gorgonio, which is the highest point in Southern California is located to the west.
Copper Mountain College
Copper Mountain College (CMC), an accredited college established in 1996, and located six miles east of Joshua Tree, is the only community college that serves the residents of the Morongo Basin. CMC was originally part of college of the Desert. Today, the colleges are separate but are affiliated. CMC offers the Associate of Arts degree, the Associate of Science degree, and 22 different Certificates of Achievement. College credits are transferable to the University of California and all of the California State Universities.
Yucca Valley, incorporated in 1991 , is a small town in the Morongo Basin within the Mojave Desert. It is approximately 3,300 feet above sea level. It is just north of the Joshua Tree National Park, west of the small community of Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, and northeast of Morongo Valley. Desert Hot Springs and Palm Springs, which are in the nearby Coachella Valley, are located to the south. Most of the residents of Yucca Valley are either retired or work at the nearby Marina Corps Air Ground Combat Center.
Desert Chest Park, established in 1951 in Yucca Valley, is a 3.5 acre sculpture park and garden that includes beautiful large white sculptures of Jesus, the Twelve Apostles of Jesus, Mary mother of Jesus, and several angels. The park is visited by thousands of people each year.
Joshua Tree (Town)
Joshua Tree is an unincorporated community in San Bernardino County located in the High Desert. The town is home to Joshua Tree National Park which lies directly to the south. Twentynine Palms is to the east and Yucca Valley is to the west. The Coachella Valley is to the south.
Twentynine Palms, also known as 29 Palms, is a small city in the Morongo Basin that was incorporated in 1987. Twentynine Palms serves as the primary entry to Joshua Tree National Park which lies to the south. Established in 1936, Joshua Tree. National Park consists of 795,156 acres. More than three million people have visited the park.
Morongo Valley is an unincorporated town in the Mojave Desert that is bordered by Yucca Valley. Morongo Valley is the only entry to the 31,000 acre Big Morongo Canyon Preserve.
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
The Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is a 31,000 acre wildlife preserve locate,d in the Little San Bernardino Mountains. The entry to the internationally recognized birding site is located within Morongo Valley. In addition to over 247 bird species, other wildlife includes bobcats, cougars, gray fox, coyotes, fox, deer, and raccoons. The eastern boundary of the preserve runs parallel to Joshua Tree National Park on the east.
Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park, established in 1936, consists of 495, 156 acres. The park is located in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County in the Mojave Desert north of Palm Springs in the Coachella Valley. More than three million people have visited the park since its establishment.