Spend a few days, weeks, or months exploring Indio, California, and the surrounding area from the comfort and convenience of a luxury home on wheels. On average, you can expect to pay around $185 per night for a Class A motorhome in Indio, CA; $149 per night for a Class B motorhome; and $179 per night for Class C. Towable RVs start at $70 per night for a fifth wheel, $60 per night for a travel trailer, and pop-up trailers start at $65 per night.
Los Angeles is just a 2-hour-and 20-minute drive west of Indio and offers a wealth of activities and recreational opportunities. You can visit the glamour and glitz of star-studded Hollywood, play some beach volleyball on Venice Beach, or go fishing off the Santa Monica Pier. In Anaheim, you can spend a few days exploring the many theme parks, including Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. You could spend several days, weeks, or months exploring all the Greater Los Angeles area has to offer. The city is also a convenient location to embark on several road trips, including ones to Boise, Seattle, and Chicago.
Palm Springs is just 23 miles northwest of Indio and offers many world-class amenities, including five-star dining, luxurious golf resorts, high-end retail stores, and several spas and resorts for when you want a bit of luxurious pampering. Plan to spend at least a few days exploring this spectacular oasis in the desert. You can also use Palm Springs as your jumping-off point for one of our great preplanned road trips, including Palm Springs to Sedona.
San Diego is about two and half hours southwest of Indio and features many exciting activities and events, including the largest Comic-Con on the planet. You can also enjoy world-class surfing or a visit to one of America's most famous zoos, the San Diego Zoo. While in San Diego, you can also spend a few hours or days just across the border in Tijuana, Mexico, where you will find spectacular food and a wealth of unique shopping opportunities.
In 1873, construction began on a railroad line that would head east out of Los Angeles. At the time, Indio was called Indian Wells, and the newly constructed railroad reached the town in 1876 before heading eastward to the west bank of the Colorado River. The City of Indio came about because the railroads needed a waystation halfway between Yuma, Arizona, and Los Angeles where the steam engines could be refilled with water. The budding city was renamed Indio, which is a Spanish variation of the word "Indian," due to the number of other towns and areas in the region that were also named Indian Wells.
Once the railroad arrived, population growth in Indio boomed. Southern Pacific Railroad, in particular, invested heavily in the area to try and make life as comfortable as possible for its workers and keep them from leaving what was an extremely difficult area to live in at the time. Although Indio started as a railroad town, it also rapidly developed as an agricultural center to feed the growing population. Crops like onions, cotton, grapes, citrus, and dates thrived in the arid climate thanks to local farmers finding several ingenious means of attaining water. Initially, crops were watered from the many artesian wells found throughout the region and, eventually, through the All-American Canal. Although water was sometimes hard to find, the desert city was also prone to flash floods until several stormwater canals were created throughout the Coachella Valley.
By 1920, roughly 2,000 people lived in Indio year-round. The population ballooned to nearly 5,000 during the winter months thanks to its advertising as a health resort for senior citizens and people suffering from respiratory diseases. In the second half of the 20th century, Indio saw a massive decline as residents moved outward towards Coachella, Thermal, and the increasingly popular Palm Springs. In recent years, however, this trend has reversed, and Indio is, once again, experiencing a population boom.
Nowadays, Indio is most known as the city that hosts the annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. This event had humble roots as just another music festival, but over the years, it has evolved into a destination of art installations and multiple celebrity sightings. Another popular Indio attraction is Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. This destination resort not only features 1,800 slot and video poker machines and 40 table games, but there are also fine dining establishments serving American, Mexican, Asian, and Italian cuisine, four bars; concerts; and an 18-hole golf course.
Palm Springs, California – Truly a desert oasis, this city offers a wealth of activities and many luxurious amenities.
20+ Gas Stations
2 Rest Areas
3 Nearby National Forests
4 Nearby State Parks
10 Nearby RV Parks
5 Dump Stations Within 20 Miles
Palm Desert, California – Halfway between Indio and Palm Springs, Palm Desert is quickly becoming almost as popular a destination as the more famous Palm Springs.
20+ Gas Stations
1 Rest Area
2 Nearby National Forests
5 Nearby State Parks
10 Nearby RV Parks
5 Dump Stations Within 20 Miles
Explore the barren but majestic beauty of the desert where the Mojave and Colorado Deserts meet at Joshua Tree National Park, which is about a half-hour east of Indio. Offering more than 1,200 miles of vast desert wilderness and surreal rugged vistas, Joshua Tree National Park is also a great starting point for two more of our pre-planned road trips, including Joshua Tree to Long Beach and Joshua Tree to Santa Fe.
For an even more surreal desert experience, you can head 250 miles north to one of the hottest, driest, and least hospitable places on Earth, Death Valley National Park. The park's Furnace Creek is the location of the world's highest recorded air temperature, a sweltering 134 degrees Fahrenheit in July 1913.
When you are tired of the desert and want to enjoy some water sports and activities, head 205 miles west to Channel Islands National Park, where you can explore nearly 250,000 acres of undeveloped, seabound wonderlands, including a wide variety of unique flora and fauna that has thrived on these pristinely preserved islands. You can also learn about the indigenous history of the islands, stretching back thousands of years before the islands became a national park.
At the Salton Sea State Recreation Area, about 25 miles southeast of Indio, you can watch birds and other wildlife at the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge or spend a few hours kayaking in one of the lowest points on earth. As the name implies, however, be prepared for the high salinity of this body of water.
If you prefer the rugged beauty of high mountain wildernesses, you may want to visit the 14,000-acre Mount San Jacinto State Park, which is approximately an hour and 10 minutes from Indio. The park contains granite peaks, subalpine forests, high-country wilderness, and mountain meadows bordered by an abundance of ferns.
If you enjoy terrain somewhere between harsh deserts and high mountain ranges, you may enjoy a visit to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park located a little over 100 miles southwest of Indio. This park features close to 25,000 acres of woodland forests filled with oak and pine trees, which are home to bobcats, mountain lions, badgers, foxes, and a host of amphibian species.
The Carl G. Bray Smoke Tree Painter monument, located on east Highway 111 in Indian Wells about seven miles from Indio, commemorates the international artist. It is comprised of rock walls and colorful display panels, and a palette sign. Approximately 35 miles northwest of Indio in Palm Springs is the Angel Cove Monument. According to legend, this angel-shaped rock formation at the top of a mountain peak was named by the Cahuilla Indian Tribe to show gratitude for a sick child who did not die from their illness.
Night Sky Festival – This event is held each November at Joshua Tree National Park, an International Dark Sky Park.
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival – Held each spring, this festival draws crowds of thousands and features some of the biggest music acts on the planet.
Stagecoach Country Music Festival – Held each spring immediately following Coachella, this festival features several Western-style events and the biggest names in country music.
Shields Date Garden – Follow a garden path that winds through 17 acres of towering date palms, beneath which you will find 15 scenes that include 23 beautiful statues.
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens – Located in Palm Desert, this park is also a wilderness preserve that reintroduces species back into the wild. The gardens feature landscapes of regional desert environments, including flowers, edible plants, and cacti.
El Paseo Shopping District – Also located in Palm Desert, this location offers high-end apparel, galleries, restaurants, and other entertainment options.
If you want to camp in luxury in Palm Springs, you should stay at Palm Springs Oasis RV Resort. The resort provides a swimming pool, a hot tub, an on-site restaurant, restroom and shower facilities, a golf course, WiFi, and many more amenities. Each of the 140 sites has full hookups. Emerald Desert RV Resort in Palm Desert offers 255 RV sites with concrete pads and manicured lawns along with 30/50-amp electricity, WiFi, and cable TV. The resort also features dog parks, a gym, and a pool, and a spa. Desert Springs Spa RV Park, approximately 30 miles northwest of Indio in Desert Hot Springs, boasts a natural hot springs mineral water pool and spa in addition to shower and restroom facilities, a laundry room, and a clubhouse with a kitchen. There are 95 RV spaces, which come with 30/50-amp electricity and can accommodate RVs up to 42 feet long.
There are several dump stations in Indio, including a free option at the Valley Sanitary District Sewage Treatment Plant and a paid station at the Love's Truck Stop in Coachella. If you are staying at an RV resort in the area, many also have dump stations located on-site.
There is no shortage of places to store your RV in the Coachella Valley. Check out our top picks near Palm Springs, including StorQuest RV/Boat and Self Storage in Indio.
Motorhomes are divided into Class A, B, and C vehicles. On average expect to pay $185 per night for Class A, $149 per night for Class B and $179 per night for Class C. Towable RVs include 5th Wheel, Travel Trailers, Popups, and Toy Hauler. On average, in Indio, CA, the 5th Wheel trailer starts at $70 per night. Pricing for the Travel Trailer begins at $60 per night, and the Popup Trailer starts at $65 per night.Do you need to be a certain age to rent an RV in Indio?
Yes. The minimum age is 25 to be eligible to get an RV Rental in Indio from RVshare.Does RVshare have emergency roadside assistance?
Yes. Every RV rental booked through RVshare receives 24/7 emergency roadside assistance.Does RVshare offer one way RV rentals in Indio?
Yes. Prior to renting any RV, check with the owner since not all will offer this particular option.