Yucca Valley is a Southern California high desert community lying conveniently between the San Bernardino Mountains and Joshua Tree National Park. Just 25 minutes from Palm Springs, Yucca Valley is characterized by moderate temperatures, clean air and twinkly nights. Home to an estimated 23,137 residents, Yucca Valley is the hub of the Morongo Basin communities and a host of recreational opportunities and tourist attractions. The community is a frequent stop for travelers en route to the Colorado River vacation destinations. With its rich western and mining heritage, Yucca Valley has maintained its small town atmosphere while experiencing recent residential and commercial growth. The endless hiking, camping, climbing and equestrian opportunities make the outdoors a way of life in Yucca Valley. And with three neighborhood elementary schools, one middle school and two high schools, many young families are moving to the area. Yucca Valley does have a bowling alley, a movie theater and an internet café, but its proximity to Southern California’s more metropolitan cities makes it an appealing place to live close to but away from urban sprawl.