The Legacy Behind Our Native American Casino & Resort
Explore Our History
A luxury resort and casino near Palm Springs with limitless views and myriad dining and nightlife options, Morongo Casino Resort and Spa offers Las Vegas-style gaming alongside upscale accommodations on the Morongo Indian Reservation. Nestled into the foothills of the San Gorgonio and San Jacinto Mountains, the reservation spans more than 32,000 acres and overlooks the vistas of the Banning Pass.
To fully understand the mesmerizing beauty of this area and the standard to which we hold our resort offerings, we invite you to become acquainted with our history.
The Morongo tribe has had to overcome many adversities as the reservation was one of nine small reservations set aside by President Grant by executive order in 1876. In 1983, the path of Morongo’s future changed when tribal members started a modest bingo hall. From this building evolved one of the oldest and most successful Native American casinos in California. The present $250 million destination which opened in late 2004, the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, is one of the largest tribal gaming facilities in the nation.
With its diversification into non-gaming businesses, the tribe has become the largest private sector employer in the Banning-Beaumont region and is a major contributor to the Coachella Valley economy. The tribe now employs more than 3,000 people. The tribe pays payroll taxes, unemployment benefits, employee benefits and provides health programs. More than two thirds of the Morongo workforce is composed of residents from the Banning Pass and desert cities. On both community outreach and social education fronts, Morongo has taken a leadership role. The tribe gives generously on an annual basis to hundreds of local community groups.
Today, the region’s governments, businesses, community leaders and groups regard Morongo as a friend and partner. The Morongo tribe’s progress is a case history that illustrates how combining a pro-active tribal government with sound economic development can enable tribes to turn their lives and communities around and dramatically impact the surrounding economic region. Morongo is actively working with government and community leaders to explore the best paths of future development and planning that will yield a better quality of life for this generation and for generations to come.