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Desert Hot Springs is a rapidly growing city in Coachella Valley. Desert Hot Springs has a total population of about twenty six thousand residents, representing a population explosion of nearly ten thousand residents since the 2000 census. The rapid growth of Desert Hot Springs over the last ten years parallels the population increase of the rest of Riverside County, including the cities of Indio and Palm Springs. Modern day Desert Hot Springs, which covers about twenty four square miles, was first settled in the early twentieth century by a homesteader named Cabot Yerxa. His adobe house is now Cabot’s Pueblo Museum, located near Cabot’s Trading Post and Gallery. The city was officially incorporated in the 1960s, after the population of Desert Hot Springs swelled rapidly due to an influx of tourists. Desert Hot Springs is named for the natural hot mineral springs found underground in the area, upon which a number of hotel resorts and spas are built.
Perhaps the best known of these properties is the Two Bunch Palms Resort, although there are a number of other spas which have been listed repeatedly as “Best Hidden Gems” with high quality service by a number of ranking services. Desert Hot Springs has a distinctive style of architecture, much of which was designed in the modernist style with an emphasis on adobe brick. Desert Hot Springs maintains a recently constructed public high school, Desert Hot Springs High School, as well as a number of local parks and recreational facilities. The community also boasts a wide selection of restaurants and shops, ranging from upscale boutiques to tourist oriented stores. Desert Hot Springs enjoys sunny weather almost every day of the year, and is just a short drive away from the larger communities of the Coachella Valley.