Cathedral City, colloquially known as “Cat City”, is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, within the Colorado Desert’s Coachella Valley. With a population of over 51,000, the City has the second largest population of the nine cities in the Coachella Valley.
The City’s name is derived from Cathedral Canyon located to the south of the city in the foothills of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. The canyon is said to have received its name because certain rock formations in the canyon were reminiscent of a cathedral.
Cathedral City features the natural landmarks of desert and mountain ranges common to Coachella Valley. Visitors frequently take to Cathedral City’s sparkling golf courses, which are the area’s prominent attractions, in the Boulder and Pebble courses of the Cimarron Golf Resort, as well as the Cathedral Canyon Golf Club course. In addition, the City hosts an annual Mexican Independence Day festival on every third weekend of September. To commemorate the event, an “el Grito de Dolores” is held at the city hall/movie theater complex.