Wonder Valley is a rural desert community embraced by magnificent mountain ranges on the north, south and eastern edges, and is located east of the City of Twentynine Palms.
It has a population estimated at approximately 4,000. It has an area of over 200 square miles. The valley's surface area ranges in elevation from about 2000 feet at the western end, to about 1,100 feet at the eastern end.
There are hundreds of miles of well maintained dirt roads serving the community--and 2 major paved highways pass through it--Highway 62 and Amboy Rd.--Hwy. 62 leads to the Arizona border (Parker, Arizona) traveling east (for about 100 miles), and leads to Palm Springs traveling west (for about 75 miles).
Amboy Road has over the last ten years, become a popular and important road for locals and tourists to travel to Las Vegas (about 150 miles), Laughlin, Nevada (about 125 miles), old US Route 66 (about 35 miles), Death Valley (about 100 miles)--and the recreation areas of Lake Havasu and Lake Mead. Joshua Tree National Park (800,000+acres) borders Wonder Valley on the east and south.
Not too long ago, mining for iron, gold, copper and other valuable minerals was an important activity here. Many old mine sites remain. The old Butterfield Stagecoach Line "road" runs through the middle of Wonder Valley from the west to the northeast.
For about 9 months of the year, the weather is very pleasant, if not ideal. July, August and September are our hottest months--with temperatures occasionally rising to 120 degrees. Thunder storms visit Wonder Valley in August, September and again in January and February.
Wonder Valley enjoys wide-open skies and much peace and tranquility. It is an uncrowded place to live, with most people living on at least 5 acres. Land and housing are very inexpensive--it is a very affordable place to live.
Water is abundant beneath Wonder Valley--and many people have their own water wells.
We have an excellent Fire Department, staffed with well-trained and equipped paid volunteer Firefighters. There is a very nice Community Center, where Senior Lunches are served during the week. Adjacent to the Fire Station and Community Center, is Wonder Valley Park--with lots of play equipment for children--and a gazebo for concerts and picnics.
Wonder Valley is zoned as Agricultural and Residential. There are several ostrich ranches--and a large plantation of jojoba. There is a large salt extraction company sited at Dale Dry Lake, at the eastern end of the valley. Many people keep livestock--horses, chickens, goats and some hogs.
Wildlife includes: Desert Bighorn Sheep, Coyotes, the occasional Bobcat and rarely, a Mountain Lion,
Desert Badger and Desert Tortoise.
The desert abounds with plant life--the most common--and ubiqitous, the creosote bush (or greasewood plant) which can be seen in the photo above. If we've had a good winter rain, Springtime brings out literally millions of desert wildflowers.
(The photo above of Wonder Valley is courtesy of Gary Taylor.)
In the coming weeks this page will grow, change and develop. Your ideas, comments, suggestions and contributions are more than welcome!
We would like to have some interesting pictures of Wonder Valley, both past and present, if you have any you think would be interesting for this page, please contact the Web Master below.
There will be additional pages created and linked to this one--for example, a WV Fire Dept. page with photos, a monthly newsletter, history of Wonder Valley, info on WV businesses, a page devoted to the Wonder Valley Improvement Association, info on the Hiking Club, the Grange, the American Legion--and many others.
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write to: PO Box 577
29 Palms, CA 92277
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