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Lake Cahuilla Recreation Area
Ranked #4 of 16 things to do in La Quinta
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is one of those off the beaten path places that is beautiful and different from the surrounding area. Pretty lake. Views. Great place for photographs. One section had a bunch of horseback riders and the aroma was pretty strong. Worth the ride and small car fee.

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Reviewed March 22, 2014

The lake is so-so, but enjoyed by the locals who have nothing better. What is excellent are the hiking trails the can be found off the lake; some are difficult to find. The facilities are minimal. It is extremely hot in summer.

2  Thank Grognard
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

Just happened on this little slice of Heaven as we were trying out our motorhome just purchased nearby. Away from the hustle of the city but close enough to enjoy. Much warmer than we anticipated for the first of March but luckily we had an air conditioner. Yes, we are spoiled. Very quite and nice lake views. Would recommend to our friends.

5  Thank Angie B
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

We have been camping here every year for the last 5 years. Some issues I have are with the park itself, and a few for the area.
1. Our grey water fills much faster than our black, and that is with conserving. Without sewer hookups it is stupid to cart grey water every few days to the dump station. There is evidence that next to every water spout is a grey waste dump, but they have all become completely filled with dirt and rendered useless. If the park does not want to add sewer hook-ups, dig out the holes already there and/or at least allow people a better option to dump grey water. Yes, they offer showers, which would make less grey water for us, but it cost money (.75?) for 3 minutes. Ummmm, no. I am paying to stay here, I am not going to pay for a shower.
2. The sites have become nothing but 3 inches of fluffy dirt that fills shoes and flip-flops. I can't even imagine the muddy mess this would be if it ever rains.
3. Speaking of rain, California is in a drought, and this park is watering a center "grassy" area 3 times per day. plus other non-essential "grassy" areas as well, while only offering a dirt/rock area along the road as a dog walk. Most grass areas are off limits to dogs. Why not make the center area sand so people can set up volleyball or horseshoes, or some other activity, and save a ton of water? Dogs cannot go there anyway, and it is useless as is. While doing that, they could fence off a 3 foot area surrounding the center area and use that as a dog walk. People here are really very good about picking up after their pets.

As for the surrounding area: The nearby gun range is busy most days, and it used to be only a couple of days per week. In the two weeks we were here, we had two days of quiet. This is not the parks fault, but the county's. You can't even imagine the annoyance of near-constant "popping/booming" of hours of gunfire.

The access road leading to the camp has deteriorated horribly since we first came here. Time for the county to redo the asphalt.

We still enjoy this park, even with its faults, and it still is an affordable option near Palm Springs, but there will come a time when we will try to find some other place if this park continues on its downward trend.

5  Thank Sophia170
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Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

A lake in the middle of a dessert next to a golf course. Hike around the lake or back in the valley. Gets extremely hot in the summer bring lots of water.

1  Thank matman5
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