Description - Coachella Valley NWR contains the majority of critical habitat within the Coachella Valley Preserve for the Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard (Uma inornata).
- The Coachella Valley NWR contains 13,000 acres consisting of palm oasis woodlands, perennial desert pools, and blow-sand habitat. This habitat is critical for the Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard (Uma inornata) and flat-tailed horned lizard . These threatened species are restricted to the refuge dune system and a few other small areas. The area also has the state's second largest grove of native fan palms and the Coachella milk-vetch, a species of special concern.
The refuge provides for the only significant acreage that is not subject to several multiple uses from the recreating public. The refuge maintains one of the last completely protected dune systems; however, this system is in jeopardy as development threatens sand sources and their travel corridors.
Recreation - Recreation activities include wildlife observation, study and photography. Horseback riding and hiking are limited to specified trails.
Climate - The climate in California desert areas is typically clear with low humidity. Temperatures are most comfortable in the spring and fall, with an average high/low of 85 and 50 F respectively. Winter brings cooler days, around 60 F, and freezing nights. It occasionally snows at higher elevations. Summers are hot, over 100 F during the day and not cooling much below 75 F until the early hours of the morning.
From Palm Springs, follow Ramon Road approximately 10 miles, then north on Palm Canyon Drive for approximately 1 mile to preserve visitor station.
From Indio, go west on Interstate 10, take Washington exit, follow Washington approximately 2 miles to Palm Canyon Drive, follow signs to visitor station.