|Region of the Inland Empire|
Twentynine Palms and the Morongo Basin.
The drainage basin stretches approximately from the Little San Bernardino Mountains north of Interstate 10 in the south, to the Interstate 40 area in the north. Lying within the Mojave Desert, the Morongo Basin is east of the city of San Bernardino and San Bernardino Mountains, and north of the Coachella Valley and Colorado Desert.
The Morongo Basin is located within the Mojave Desert and in the High Desert region of Southern California. The area's elevation can range from 1,950 feet (590 m) in Twentynine Palms, to 3,000 feet (910 m) in Yucca Valley. The higher sections of Joshua Tree National Park are within the basin.
Cities and Communities
- Morongo Valley
- Joshua Tree
- Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms
- Wonder Valley
The climate is arid desert. Hot, dry summers; cool winters with cold mornings and occasional snow and rain showers. Snow falls in areas above 1,500 feet (460 m) in elevation.
|Twenty Nine Palms: Monthly Normal High and Low Temperatures|
|Avg high °F||64||69||75||83||91||101||106||104||97||86||72||54|
|Avg low °F||36||39||43||49||57||65||71||80||64||52||41||35|
Mount San Gorgonio rises above the basin on the west, the highest point in Southern California. The Pacific Crest Trail passes through the San Gorgonio Wilderness area of the San Bernardino National Forest, between the peak and Morongo Basin.
The Morongo Basin is home to the Morongo Unified School District, which serves all of the cities and communities in the area. Copper Mountain College is the only community college serving the Morongo Basin area, located in Joshua Tree.
- Morongo Basin Transit Authority
- Morongo desert snail
- Mount San Gorgonio
- Natural history of the Mojave Desert
- Mojave and Colorado Deserts Biosphere Reserve
- Weather.com "Average Weather for Twentynine Palms, CA - Temperature and Precipitation" Check
value (help). The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2009-12-06.
- Sachs, Andrea (2004-01-18). "California's Holy Land". Washington Post. pp. P05. Retrieved 2009-12-06.