Maps of Indian Wells, California, typically contain information about the golf courses, resorts, Indian Wells Tennis Garden and other tourist attractions. Indian Wells is a luxury vacation destination that lies 30 minutes southeast of Palm Springs, California. There is also a scenic area named Indian Wells Canyon near Ridgecrest, California.
In the early 1800's, a Mexican explorer named Captain Jose Romero came across a thriving Cahuilla village built around a hand-dug well. He named it Indian Wells. The Cahuilla tribe is one of the few Native American cultures that dug water wells. The reliable water source enabled the valley settlement to thrive.
In the late 1950's, several wealthy residents and investors saw an opportunity to cash in on the natural beauty of the region. The Eldorado Country Club and Golf Course and the Indian Wells Country Club and Golf Course opened in 1957, followed by the Indian Wells Hotel, which was built by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in 1958. The new developments attracted attention from President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes. Celebrated events, such as the Bob Hope Desert Classic golf tournament, which Arnold Palmer won in 1960, helped transform the city from an agricultural community to a premier tourist destination.
A hiking and camping destination named Indian Wells Canyon lies 190 miles further north, on the edge of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The recreational area stretches from State Route 14 to Owens Peak. Maps of the Indian Wells Canyon show the terrain, stream and canyon road.