Coachella Valley Refuge contains the majority of critical habitat within the Coachella Valley Preserve for the Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard (Uma inornata). This threatened species is restricted to the refuge dune system and a few other small areas. The refuge also provides for the only significant acreage that is not subject to multiple uses from the recreating public; however, this system is in jeopardy as development threatens sand sources and their travel corridors. Coachella Valley Refuge is almost entirely closed to the public to protect the Coachella Valley Federally-listed threatened fringe-toed lizard. However, there is a trail that runs through a section of the refuge available for horseback riders.
Coachella Valley Refuge is located off Interstate 10 at Cook Street exit. Planned access point is on the west side of the refuge near School Chase Road.
Off Interstate 10 at the Cook St exit Riverside County, CA
Interpretive Programs Hiking Wildlife Viewing
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