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Imperial is a city located in the extreme southern desert region of California. As of the 2000 census, it had a population of 8,100 residents. It is part of Southern Californias agriculturally rich Imperial Valley and serves as the center of business and most activities in the area. The city is situated in Imperial County, which was founded in 1907 and originally part of San Diego County. Imperial Valley is bordered by Mexico to the south, Arizona to the east, Riverside County to the north and San Diego County to the west. Los Angeles is approximately 210 miles northwest of the city of Imperial. The town is home to Imperial Valley College and the Imperial Valley Expo - California Midwinter Fair & Fiesta. It is also the winter home of the Navys Blue Angels. Two of the largest sand dune systems in the United States can be found here - the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreational Area and the Algodones Sand Dune System, which provide lots of opportunities for those who enjoy dune buggies and all-terrain vehicles. Other popular activities in the area include rockhounding, camping, horseback riding, hiking and back packing.

Surrounding areas: El Centro, California (3.9 mi)

Imperial Vacation Rentals

Imperial Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Imperial Valley Inn1093 Airport BlvdImperial, CA (760) 355-4500
Superstar Inn611 N Imperial AveEl Centro, CA3.5 mi.(706) 352-0715
Econo Lodge330 N Imperial AveEl Centro, CA3.7 mi.(760) 353-0030
Brunners Motel215 N Imperial AveEl Centro, CA3.8 mi.(760) 352-6431
Executive Inn Of El Centro725 State StEl Centro, CA3.9 mi.(760) 352-8500
Howard Johnson1575 Ocotillo DrEl Centro, CA4.9 mi.(760) 336-2979
Ramada Inn Of El Centro1455 Ocotillo AveEl Centro, CA4.9 mi.(800) 805-4000
Laguna Inn2030 Cottonwood CirEl Centro, CA5.0 mi.(760) 353-7750
Vacation Inn El Centro2000 CottonwoodEl Centro, CA5.0 mi.(760) 352-9523
Best Western John Jay Inn2352 S 4TH StEl Centro, CA5.1 mi.(760) 337-8677
Comfort Inn & Suites2354 S 4th StEl Centro, CA5.1 mi.(561) 845-8899
Motel 6395 Smoketree DrEl Centro, CA5.1 mi.(760) 353-6766
Rodeway Inn & Suites455 Wake AveEl Centro, CA5.3 mi.(760) 352-6620
Travel Inn300 W Main StBrawley, CA9.1 mi.(760) 344-2810
Townhouse Lodge135 Main StBrawley, CA9.2 mi.(760) 344-5120
Motel 6 #108572562 Twentynine Palms HwyTwenty Nine Palms, CA10.5 mi.(760) 367-2833
Best Western John Jay Inn2421 Scaroni RdCalexico, CA11.2 mi.(760) 768-0442
Holiday Inn Express2501 Scaroni RdCalexico, CA11.3 mi.(760) 768-6048
Barbara Worth Golf Resort2050 Country CLB DrHoltville, CA11.3 mi.(760) 356-2806
Quality Inn801 Imperial AveCalexico, CA12.7 mi.(760) 357-3271
Don Juan Motel344 E 4TH StCalexico, CA13.1 mi.(760) 357-3231
Super 8 Motel351 West Main StWestmorland, CA13.5 mi.(760) 351-7100

Imperial Weather & Climate

The desert region of southern California has a climate that is hot and dry, with lows sometimes dipping into the mid 30s in January and highs of 110 in the summer. There is very little rain here; an average yearly rainfall is only 2.92 inches with 25 percent average relative humidity. The terrain varies from 235 feet below sea level at the Salton Sea to over 4,000 feet at the Blue Angel Peak. This region borders on Mexico to the south, Riverside County to the north, San Diego County on the west and the State of Arizona on the east. The city of El Centro, which is located in this area, has a motto that says, "Where the sun spends the winter," this is an apt description in this region where the sun shines almost every day of the year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 69°F 41°F 0.48 in. -
February 73°F 45°F 0.39 in. -
March 77°F 49°F 0.34 in. -
April 84°F 54°F 0.08 in. -
May 92°F 60°F 0.04 in. -
June 101°F 68°F 0.00 in. -
July 105°F 75°F 0.13 in. -
August 104°F 76°F 0.32 in. -
September 99°F 70°F 0.36 in. -
October 89°F 59°F 0.28 in. -
November 77°F 47°F 0.19 in. -
December 68°F 40°F 0.41 in. -

Imperial Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Imperial County airport (IPL) located about 1 mile southwest of Imperial, the Holtville airport (L04) located approximately 17 miles east of Imperial in Holtville, California, the Borrego Valley airport (L08) located roughly 52 miles northwest of Imperial in Borrego Springs, California, the Jacqueline Cochran Regional airport (TRM) located around 63 miles northwest of Imperial in Palm Springs, California, the Blythe airport (BLH) located about 72 miles northeast of Imperial in Blythe, California, and finally the Bermuda Dunes airport (UDD) located approximately 74 miles northwest of Imperial in Palm Springs, California.

Imperial Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Frasier's FrontierEl CajonCA81.0 mi.
Water Parks
Oasis WaterparkPalm SpringsCA88.2 mi.
The Haunted Galleon and Volcano IslandLake ElsinoreCA116.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Lakeview Golf CourseEl CentroCA4.2 mi.
Broken Spoke Country ClubEl CentroCA5.6 mi.
Del Rio Country ClubBrawleyCA11.5 mi.
Zoos and Aquariums
The Living DesertPalm DesertCA76.3 mi.
San Diego Wild Animal ParkSan DiegoCA92.7 mi.
San Diego ZooSan DiegoCA92.7 mi.
Sea World of San DiegoSan DiegoCA92.7 mi.

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