Dinosaurs visible from Interestate 10 beckon you to stop in Cabazon.
PHOTOGRAPH BY @SALTEDCANARY
A short drive west from Palm Springs, this community has become known for its high-rise casino and lengthy strip of designer outlet stores, which summon drivers on Interstate 10. The town’s namesake, Chief Cabazon was a leader of the Desert Cahuilla Indians from the 1830s to ’70s.
Morongo Casino Resort & Spa
Stay, play, and while away the hours on a sandy beach with a tropical cocktail in your hand. A lazy river, a luxe spa, live entertainment by major headlining acts, and fine and casual dining options (including a Wahlburgers and a new food court helmed by celebrity chef Fabio Viviani) are just some of the perks of this place. morongocasino resort.com
Hadley Fruit Orchards
Founded by Paul and Peggy Hadley in 1931, this marketplace and café provides access to healthful, locally grown snacks and fare. Fruits and nuts are the specialty, particularly dates, and the café blends a variety of date shakes (try one with banana and malt!). Although the exact origins of trail mix are disputed, this shop claims to have started the trend, feeding hikers en route to San Jacinto Peak. hadley fruitorchards.com
Many will recognize the pair of dinos, known fondly as Mr. Rex and Dinny, from cult films such as Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. But you may not realize this park houses more than 50 lifelike dinosaurs. While you’re here, stop by the gift shop to pick up a prehistoric souvenir. cabazondinosaurs.com
Said to be the oldest nonprofit museum founded by Native Americans on a California Indian reservation, this cultural center on Morongo Band of Mission Indians land in Banning (close to Cabazon) features artifacts, a native plant garden, and rotating exhibits highlighting Indigenous communities of the surrounding area. A boutique presents handcrafted jewelry, cultural and poetry books, and other small items. malkimuseum.org
Desert Hills Premium Outlets
This open-air shopping plaza features some 180 designer outlets, all offering serious bargain deals. You’re likely to see tour buses unloading shoppers, so they can get their hands on discounted Alexander McQueen, Saint Laurent Paris, Gucci, and other luxury brands. premiumoutlets.com/outlet/desert-hills
48750 Seminole Drive, Cabazon
Grab a pretzel at Auntie Anne’s and stroll this shopping oasis set against the scenic backdrop of the San Gorgonio Mountains. The relaxed, open-air outlet mall offers great deals in athletic wear, accessories, clothing, and kitchen implements from such well-known specialty retailers as Columbia Sportswear, O’Neill, Adidas, Brighton Collectibles, and Le Creuset. Located 20 minutes west of Palm Springs off Interstate 10, the pet-friendly shopping center welcomes more than 15 million visitors per year.
VIP Savings Card
Cabazon Outlets offers shoppers a VIP Savings Card that provides additional discounts to more than half of the center’s brand-name stores. Visit the website to obtain your card. It’s totally free — and it will save you hundreds!