Visitors Guide

The City of Imperial is truly the center of Imperial Valley. Imperial cordially invites you to share in our vast wealth of recreational living and unlimited business opportunities in this land of sunshine and clean air.

Imperial Valley is situated in the southeast corner of California. It is noted for its sunny climate and almost unbelievable agricultural productivity. The City of Imperial is the center of activities in this unique area of sun, sand and splendor of Western living. The city’s central location in the Imperial Valley and proximity to Mexico makes Imperial an ideal location for industry, and business services.

Nearby recreation facilities satisfy the whim of all, from the desert rat to the most fastidious golfer. The sand dunes provide a Mecca for campers and dune buggy enthusiasts. Mexicali, Mexico, offers quaint souvenir shops and native restaurants. Salton Sea affords excellent fishing. The vicinity abounds in dove, quail, ducks, pheasant and geese for the hunter. Three beautiful, year-round golf courses are within minutes of Imperial.

Imperial is noted for its friendly atmosphere and active community spirit. Excellent schools, with the Imperial Valley College four miles east, and churches of all denominations enhance the cultural status.

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The California Mid-Winter Fairgrounds, located in the heart of Imperial, host the Imperial County’s largest event, the ten-day fair. The Fairgrounds are the playground for many festivals, barbecues, car races, concerts, trade shows, and private parties held throughout the year.

The Imperial County Airport, located in Imperial, meets the General Aviation, Air Transportation, and Air Freight and Cargo needs of the entire Imperial Valley. Airline services is also available with connecting flights to over 270 cities world wide.

Imperial is the headquarters for the Imperial Irrigation District (IID), the sixth largest power utility in California and one of the largest irrigation districts in the world. IID provides jobs for more than 1,100 people, services irrigation water to nearly 500,000 acres of fertile farmland, and generates and distributes electricity to a 6,741 square mile area.

New construction appears throughout Imperial, including several new housing developments. Shopping strips emerge and expand. The Imperial Industrial Park consisting of 70 acres with 125,000 feet of occupied office, industrial and warehouse space continues to grow. Tenants include maquiladora, government, education, food wholesale, and others.

Imperial is a city of firsts. It was officially designated as a town site in 1902. This designation was then followed by the first chamber of commerce in 1903, first hotel, first school, first church, first source of supplies for farmers, and first printing press in the Imperial Valley.

The twenty-first century finds an aggressive transition taking place from a rural city supporting agricultural businesses to a growing urban city incorporating light industry, housing and shopping centers. While urbanization looms on the horizon, agriculture is still the staple of life in Imperial. A blend of city and country life styles appear to be the keys to Imperial’s future.