Morongo Casino Resort

Destination: Morongo Casino Resort
Morongo Resort is a Fabulous Desert Getaway


The Morongo Casino Resort and Spa is an oasis in the desert, a place to have a refreshing getaway and enjoy life. Just about a two hour drive from Los Angeles (on a good trouble-free freeway day), it is an awesome sight as you approach.

It stands alone in a spectacular setting just outside of Palm Springs, off the I-10 in Cabazon. In the middle of 44 acres, the impressive monolithic resort structure is framed by the vastness of the California desert.

The beautiful guest rooms and suites at the Morongo offer a breath-taking view of either Mt. San Jacinto or Mt. San Gorgonio, which are snowcapped during part of the year.

My favorite view is from the resort’s elegant penthouse restaurant Cielo, which has huge picture windows to take in the vista. It also features sparkling chandeliers that change colors, making it extra magical.

Plus there’s a modern quality to the classic paintings that grace the walls. Thanks to plasma TV technology, the paintings change in their frames rotating a lovely collection of Old Masters.


That’s just one of the unique touches that makes Cielo so wonderful. Of course, visitors may go for the atmosphere, but they stay for the delicious Mediterranean cuisine. They boast about the comprehensive new world wine list, Pacific coast steak and fresh seafood.

The salmon is excellent, as is the seafood pasta, but the “baked macaroni & cheese & lobster” is ultra-popular. It’s a surprise to see “mac & cheese” on a gourmet menu, but the chef sure knows how to present comfort food.

Among the other ways for Morongo guests to satisfy their appetites, there’s the Potrero Canyon Buffet, offering five stations of international cuisine. The Desert Orchid features culinary inspirations from Asia and fresh sushi. Serrano, a 24-hour café is always available, plus the resort has a food court, and a fitness center to work up an appetite.

For family fun, the Morongo Lanes is right next door to enjoy bowling, and then go down the road to the world famous Hadley’s Fruit and Nut Farm for a date shake.

To get away from everything, the Sage luxury health spa and salon is an oasis within an oasis. It is named after the aromatic sage plant that grows abundantly on the Morongo Indian Reservation.

The spa professionals at Sage offer facial and body treatments, and help melt away inner tensions and leave guest feeling fully renewed. The fragrant leaves of Sage are believed to encourage positive energy and ensure long life. A visit to the spa could also do that.


The resort’s outdoor pool area features a swimming and wading pool, water slide, a lazy river and private cabanas surrounded by soft, sandy beaches and palms. It’s where the high desert meets the easy-breezy California’s lifestyle.

Now for excitement, Morongo is a world class casino with all the slot machines, video poker, table games and lots of action in the Poker Room. Plus showrooms with top entertainment.

One of the most popular side trips for folks staying at the resort is taking the complimentary shuttle to the Desert Hills Premium Outlet Mall, which is just next door. It is the largest Premium Outlet Mall on the West Coast and a mecca for shoppers looking for bargains. A wide selection of exclusive golf courses are also in the nearby Palm Springs area.

So a getaway trip to Morongo can be as relaxing or as exciting as you want it to be. Check it out at

Margie Barron has written for a wide variety of outlets including Gannett newspapers, Nickelodeon, Tiger Beat and 16 Magazine, Fresh!, Senior Life, Production Update, airline magazines, etc. Margie is also proud to have been half of the husband & wife writing team Frank & Margie Barron, who had written together for various entertainment and travel publications for more than 38 years.