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Retirement Living In Southern California Desert Region

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Area Description

With a hometown atmosphere and an ideal location in Southern California's high desert about 35 minutes northeast of Palm Springs on Highway 62, Yucca Valley residents enjoy a climate and quality of life that is nearly impossible to match. Enjoying sunshine and clear skies more than 320 days a year, locals and visitors find an ideal environment to enjoy the open spaces, starry nights and many outdoor recreation opportunities.

“The mission of the Town of Yucca Valley is to provide a government that is responsive to the needs and concerns of its diverse citizenry and secures a safe and secure environment while maintaining the highest quality of life.”

Visit Yucca Valley and you'll agree that this is a great place for recreation, to raise a family, to do business or to retire. The welcome sign is always out in this friendly hometown community. Recently chosen by the U.S. News and World Report as one of the top ten most affordable places to retire, Yahoo Travel voted top 10 sunrises on earth, and Yahoo Trip Travel voted #1 California Welcome Center. Yucca Valley needs to be on your list as a great place to explore when planning your future retirement.

Includes Cities/Towns: Joshua Tree, Landers, Morongo Valley, Pioneertown, Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley.

Region Characteristics

Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Conveniently located within a short drive of many of Southern California's resort destinations, Yucca Valley residents have easy access to Palm Springs, the Colorado River recreation areas, the Big Bear mountain resorts and the Joshua Tree National Park. The world's largest Marine Corps base is just 25 miles away in neighboring Twentynine Palms.

The Joshua Tree National Park, is on Yucca Valley's southern border. The incredible night sky, unique natural surroundings and delightful rural nature of the town have made Yucca Valley a favorite destination of equestrians, stargazers, photographers and nature enthusiasts. The abundant flora and fauna complement an active lifestyle in a small town setting.

Cultural Activities

Charming shops dot both sides of the highway, inviting shoppers and history buffs to meander through the arts and antiques of collectors and artists at work. Take a stroll through the Sky Village Outdoor Marketplace there you’ll find an authentic Gold Camp Mining Town. Annual Open Studio Art Tours, Summer outdoor music concerts, Joshua Tree Film Festival, lectures and museum exhibits, Joshua Tree Philharmonic concert series, and two theatrical venues with live performances year round.

Public transportation

Morongo Basin Transit Authority has regular bus service throughout the Joshua Tree Gateway Communities and has Park and Ride service for commuting to the low desert communities of Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and the Coachella Valley.

Medical Facilities

A modern, nonprofit 59-bed acute primary care hospital is located on the principal campus of the Hi-Desert Medical Center. Services include a wide range of quality inpatient and outpatient diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation services, home health and hospice services, and a variety of community outreach services. Our area also has a Special Editions Family Birthing Center at the hospital, Valley Star Crisis Walk-in Center, High Desert Physical Rehabilitation Group, Center for Healthy Generations, and Partners in Wellness.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Southern California Desert Region?

For those of you that retire in Southern California Desert Region, you will have pleasant temperatures year-round.

Winter temperatures are cool with averages in the low 50's and highs in the low 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 30's. Expect a few days of rain.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Southern California Desert Region such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cool with averages in the low 60's and highs in the upper 70's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 40's. Expect a few days above 90°. Expect a few days of rain.

Summertime in Southern California Desert Region is a great time to enjoy your retirement with an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are warm with averages in the low 80's and highs in the upper 90's. Nights are mild with lows in the upper 60's. Expect a lot of days above 90°.

If you retire in Southern California Desert Region, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are mild with averages in the upper 60's and highs in the low 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 50's. Expect some days above 90°.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  38  50  61
 Feb  40  52  64
 Mar  44  57  71
 Apr  47  62  77
 May  55  71  86
 Jun  61  78  95
 Jul  70  85  101
 Aug  69  84  100
 Sep  64  79  94
 Oct  52  67  82
 Nov  44  57  70
 Dec  37  49  61

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  3  0
 Feb  0  2  0
 Mar  0  0  0
 Apr  2  0  0
 May  12  0  0
 Jun  23  0  0
 Jul  30  0  0
 Aug  29  0  0
 Sep  22  0  0
 Oct  5  0  0
 Nov  0  2  0
 Dec  0  8  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  1 "  5  25 %
 Feb  2 "  5  27 %
 Mar  1 "  5  29 %
 Apr  0 "  3  30 %
 May  0 "  2  35 %
 Jun  0 "  1  36 %
 Jul  0 "  1  44 %
 Aug  1 "  2  45 %
 Sep  0 "  2  40 %
 Oct  1 "  2  33 %
 Nov  1 "  2  26 %
 Dec  1 "  4  23 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  0 "  0  0
 Feb  0 "  0  0
 Mar  0 "  0  0
 Apr  0 "  0  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  0 "  0  0
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Cost of Living for Southern California Desert Region

Southern California Desert Region cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Low income housing for seniors, gated communities for adults 55 and older, and 5 mobile home parks for year round living. Vacation Rentals now dot the community with affordable prices for families, couples, group reunions and the horse community.

Senior Assistance in Southern California Desert Region

Southern California Desert Region offers the following assistance for seniors:

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Southern California Desert Region Offer For Retirees?

Call the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce at 760-365-6323 for local volunteer and job opportunities.

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