Discover Indio

The most populated city in Coachella Valley, Indio is known as the “City of Festivals” because the many events that go on there including Coachella, Valley Music and Arts Festival, and so much more. Home to the Joshua Tree National Park, San Bernardino National Forest, and rich history, Indio is a great spot to spend some time!

When is the best time to visit Indio for good weather?

The best time to visit Indio is March through November. During the Summer months, it tends to get pretty hot, so if you don’t mind the heat, June through August would be a good time to go. December through February tend to be the coldest months, and wouldn’t be as enjoyable since many of the outdoor activites that Indio has to offer might not be as fun.

When is the best time to visit Indio for the most activities?

Many of the music festivals that happen near or in the Indio area tend to fall around April to August. So if you wanted to check out these festivals, that would be the perfect time to go!

Things to Do

Want to learn more about the history of Coachella Valley? This is the perfect place to go to learn about the rich culture. With many exhibits and historic buildings, there is so much Southern Clafironia history you can explore.

A protected area in Southern Claifronia with many rock formations and desert landscapes. A great historical landmark to check out.

Indio Hills Badlands
This 5-mile loop trail offers an exciting journey through slot canyons, wind caves, and ridgelines, providing stunning 360-degree views of the Coachella Valley.

Big Painted Canyon
Located near Mecca, this out-and-back trail spans 3.61 miles with a 541-foot elevation gain.

East Indio Hills Trail
This intermediate-level trail starts at the parking lot and crosses several ridges and flat plains before leading through small slot canyons.


Indio offers a variety of dining experiences from casual eateries to fine dining establishments. Highlights include:

El Mexicali Cafe: Known for its authentic Mexican cuisine, especially the shrimp-stuffed peppers.

Tack Room Tavern: A casual spot popular for its American fare and lively atmosphere.
Shields Date Garden Cafe: Famous for its date shakes and dishes incorporating dates.

Jackalope Ranch: Offers a ranch-style dining experience with a diverse menu featuring steaks and barbecue.