Photo of Mountain Scene The Morongo Unified School District is located in the southernmost part of the Mojave Desert at elevations from 1500 to 4500 feet. We enjoy a moderate to dry climate -- summer days are hot with cool nights; and winter may give us a light dusting of snow. MUSD serves the communities of Morongo Valley, the Town of Yucca Valley, Pioneertown, Landers, Joshua Tree, the City of Twentynine Palms, and the Marine Corps Air Ground Task Force Training Center at Twentynine Palms. Many of the high-desert residents believe this is the ideal place to live, combining the charm, comfort, and simplicity of rural desert living with close proximity to the boundless variety of Southern California. Residents enjoy clean air, star-filled nights and breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. We are blessed with churches, professional services, libraries, galleries, stores, shops, restaurants, banks, a fine community hospital, and a vibrant California Community College campus.

Some of our local attractions are the Big Morongo Wildlife Preserve, Hi-Desert Nature Museum, Hi-Desert Cultural Arts Center, Theatre 29, 29 Palms Art Gallery, 29 Palms Historical Society Museum, and the Joshua Tree National Park which is a scenic 794,000 acre preserve of unique desert flora and fauna, offering spectacular views, camping, hiking, and rock climbing.

The combined population of the high-desert communities is about 70,000 which is spread out over an area of about 45 miles east to west and 20 miles north to south. The neighboring cultural centers and resort cities of Palm Springs, Palm Desert and La Quinta are approximately an hour's drive. We are a one to three-hour drive from snow skiing, beaches, lakes, rivers, as well as universities, sports arenas, museums, and theaters for the performing arts in the San Diego and Los Angeles metropolitan areas.

Cost of living in the southern Mojave desert is substantially lower than the neighboring area of Palm Springs and the metropolitan areas in Southern California. Housing is very affordable. Rental rates range from $500 per month on up and home prices start as low as $125,000.
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