Chiriaco Summit

State: California
Chiriaco Summit
GPS Coordinates:
lat: 33°39'41.30"N; long: 115°43'15.24"W

Chiriaco Summit Courtyard
Chiriaco Summit Courtyard

Chiriaco Summit is a small desert oasis in Riverside, California. It's mainly a travel stop along I-10 between Indio and Blythe, California, about 15 miles northeast of the Salton Sea. Its vegetation and water in the middle of the desert can be a magnet. In particular, a small grassy area and fountain next to the restaurant and another, larger grassy area in the trailer park behind the restaurant have attracted some rare birds.

Recent Rarities & Specialties

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Varied Thrush
Rufous-backed Robin
White-throated Sparrow

Rufous-backed Robin
Rufous-backed Robin, Chiriaco Summit
Riverside County Map
Driving Directions

Chiriaco Summit is about 30 miles east of Indio, CA, and 70 miles west of Bylthe, CA, on Interstate 10. Coming from east or west on I-10, take Exit 173. All of the facilities are on the north side of the interstate.

Site Notes

Ownership: private
Vehicle Access: all
Fees: none
Restrooms: restaurants, gas station
Food: same as above
Gas: same as above


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