Destination guide

A fab desert retreat - just make room for the movie stars

The Coachella Valley is a playground for vacationers, retirees, and U.S. Presidents, and a Rancho Mirage vacation rental is a great jumping off point for all the area has to offer. The city became especially famous after World War II, as folks like Frank Sinatra, Mary Martin, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan each made it their desert destination of choice. Now, visitors explore the gardens, take to the links, shop, dine and, in the blazing heat of summer, stay in the pool for as long as possible.

Things to do

Break into an elite estate (just kidding, buy a ticket)

The Sunnylands Center and Gardens is a winter estate built by philanthropists Walter and Leonore Annenberg in the 1960s. World leaders and Hollywood stars were entertained there, and now, the public can check it out, too. Travelers can peruse exhibits in the visitor center, or book a guided tour of the house and the magnificent desert gardens surrounding it. And for the little squirts in your traveling party, there's the Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert. Exhibits have enchanting titles, like Build Your Own Race Car, Lie Detector, and Vet Pet Station.


It's not a mirage! Beautiful parks, greens, and amphitheaters

Visitors arrive at their Rancho Mirage vacation rentals looking for a sporting good time, and they often find it on one of the city's 12 golf courses. There's also Rancho Mirage Community Park, which has walking paths, a playground, and a picnic area. Community groups host events at the park, the site of the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater. It seats 1,000 people and then blows their minds with phenomenal acoustics. The River at Rancho Mirage is a shopping mall with both chain stores and boutiques, plus a movie theater to retreat to on hot summer days.


You can't really fry an egg on the sidewalk! Or can you?

Due to its location in the Coachella Valley, surrounded on 3 sides by mountain ranges and sitting on a south-sloping valley floor, Rancho Mirage is arid and warm. In fact, you're looking at the warmest winters in the western U.S., with the lowest low temps at a still-lovely 60 degrees. The most popular times to visit are between January and April, but if you book a Rancho Mirage vacation rental in summer, you can score a real bargain. Just be prepared for afternoon temps of around 110 degrees.

Natural features

Rancho Mirage's neighbors: a palm tree oasis and a salty sea

The valley that is home to Rancho Mirage is surrounded by deserts, desert wildlife, and nature preserves. The Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve is open to the public and home to the endangered fringe-toed lizard, coyotes, bobcats, owls, and sparrows. In spring, the preserve is dotted with wildflowers, but you can find them any time of year if you look carefully. South of Rancho Mirage is the Salton Sea, an inland saline lake that creates an eerie and enchanting backdrop for the shorebirds that visit in winter.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Rancho Mirage

Fly into Palm Springs, CA (PSP-Palm Springs Intl.), the closest airport, located 5.9 mi (9.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Bermuda Dunes, CA (UDD), which is 9.7 mi (15.6 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Rancho Mirage?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 6,804 vacation rentals near Rancho Mirage. From 3,375 Houses to 2,170 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Rancho Mirage are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Rancho Mirage?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Rancho Mirage:

  • Magnesia Falls Cove: 110 vacation rentals
  • Victoria Falls: 120 vacation rentals
  • Tamarisk West: 39 vacation rentals
  • Miranada Estates: 15 vacation rentals
  • La Terraza: 93 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Rancho Mirage?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Rancho Mirage. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Rancho Las Palmas Country Club: 7,930 vacation rentals
  • Thunderbird Country Club: 7,866 vacation rentals
  • Morningside Country Club: 7,873 vacation rentals
  • Desert Island Golf and Country Club: 7,954 vacation rentals
  • The River at Rancho Mirage: 7,865 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Rancho Mirage listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Rancho Mirage?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 3,375 Houses in Rancho Mirage. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Rancho Mirage include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 2,170 rentals available
  • Villas: 525 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 35 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Estates and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Rancho Mirage?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 6,033 vacation rentals with pool available in Rancho Mirage. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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