Palm Springs  has representative examples of architectural styles from each period of development. Although the city has a particularly strong collection of Modern architecture constructed after World War II, there is a rich collection of prewar buildings, representing both high style and more rustic, vernacular examples.
Palm Springs  is known for its recreational amenities such as developed parks, extensive trails system, golf courses, and recreational programs, which inspire the City's relaxed lifestyle and distinction as a "recreational oasis." The towering San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains and vast desert floor provide various habitats for a brilliant display of plants and wildlife. Few cities have the same opportunities to provide a full range of recreational facilities while providing for the preservation of the precious open spaces defined by the steep geological features of the mountain and the gentle sloping yet dynamic land in the flood plains.
Palm Springs' popularity has caused it to become increasingly urban, and with urbanization come pressures on the environmental elements that make the City attractive. These ongoing pressures emphasize the need to carefully manage and preserve the City's environmental resources for future generations These resources are not only related to parks and recreation, but also the City's energy, water, habitat and historic and cultural resources.
Palm Springs' natural environment also provides the setting for its rich history and culture. Taken together, the City's park, recreation, and open space amenities beckon many to Palm Springs and define Palm Springs as an extraordinary place in the Coachella Valley.