Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa

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Morongo Casino Resort and Spa
Address 49500 Seminole Drive
Cabazon, California 92230-2200
Opening date December 10, 2004 [1]
Theme 1960s
Number of rooms 310
Total gaming space 150,000 sq ft (14,000 m2)
Signature attractions Canyon Lanes Bowling
Vibe Nightclub
Mystique Entertainment
Notable restaurants Potrero Canyon Buffet
Sunset Bar & Grill
Food Court
Pit Bar
Tacos & Tequila
Natural 9 Noodle Company
Casino type Land
Owner Morongo Band of Cahuilla Mission Indians
Website Morongo Casino Resort

Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa is an Indian gaming casino, of the Morongo Band of Cahuilla Mission Indians, located in Cabazon, California, USA, near San Gorgonio Pass. The casino has 310 rooms and suites. A 44-acre (180,000 m2), 27-story resort, Morongo is one of the largest casinos in California. At 330 feet (101 m) high, the casino tower is the tallest building in the Inland Empire.[2]


On February 25, 1987, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that neither the State of California nor Riverside County could regulate the bingo and card game operations of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and the Morongo Band of Cahuilla Mission Indians. This court ruling, known as the Cabazon decision,[3] set in motion a series of federal and state actions-including two ballot propositions-that dramatically expanded tribal casino operations in California and other states.[4]

California Proposition 1A, also known as the Gambling on Tribal Lands Amendment, was on the March 7, 2000 ballot in California, where it was approved by a 64% win. It authorized the governor to negotiate compacts with federally recognized Indian tribes on Indian lands in California to operate slot machines, lotteries and banking and percentage card games, subject to legislative ratification.[5]

The Jerde Partnership announced the official groundbreaking for the Morongo Hotel on May 28, 2003. Perini Building Company topped-out the resort on March 31, 2004. The present $250 million destination which opened in late 2004, the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, is one of the largest tribal gaming facilities in the nation.[6]


Morongo is one of only four AAA four diamond casino resorts in California, with Barona Casino, Viejas Casino, Pechanga Resort and Casino and The Chumash Casino being the others. Morongo's main casino floor is 148,000 square feet (14,000 m2) with over 2,000 slots and table games.

Upon entering the casino, guests see a contemporary, retro-1960s interior. Light coves between overhead vaults, back-lit fabric draped between frames, and conically-shaped light fixtures create a complex, ornate ceiling above the casino floor.

The casino offers more than a hundred table games, including four-card poker, Ultimate Texas Hold'Em, blackjack, pai gow poker, mini-baccarat, and three card poker, as well as California-style craps tables (dealt with cards rather than dice) and a 22-table poker room. High rollers can use a high-limit slot area with four table games and seven slots. The high-limit room also has a lounge with plasma TVs and complimentary food.

Morongo's hotel accommodates guests in 272 standard rooms, 32 double-bay suites, and six casitas, the latter of which are located on an upper level surrounding the pool. All accommodations come with plasma screen TVs and contemporary hardwood furniture.

Hotel guests have access to the resort's pool which has a swimming and wading pool, water slide, lazy river, and two spas surrounded by sandy beaches and palms. Sixteen private cabanas have private bar service, TVs, refrigerators, and lounge chairs.

Morongo's restaurants include the penthouse restaurant Cielo, Serrano (24-Hour Cafe), Bamboo, and the Potrero Canyon Buffet, offering five inviting stations of international cuisine. A food court and 24-hour room service offer convenient dining. Club 360, a bar at the top of the hotel tower, has panoramic views.

Guests must be 18 to gamble on the property.[7]

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Coordinates: 33°55′12″N 116°47′42″W / 33.920002°N 116.794968°W / 33.920002; -116.794968