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Campus Map & Directions

College of the Desert is located in Palm Desert, California, the geographic center of the beautiful Coachella Valley. There are several campus locations throughout the eastern and western Coachella Valley where college credit and noncredit courses are offered.


Palm Desert Campus

43-500 Monterey Avenue

Palm Desert, CA 92260

Phone: (760) 346-8041


Driving Directions

From Palm Springs

Estimated Distance: 13 miles
From North Palm Canyon Drive, drive south
North Palm Canyon Drive becomes CA-111
Turn left onto Fred Waring Drive
Turn left onto Monterey Ave

From Los Angeles
Estimated Distance: 120 miles

Take I-10 East toward San Bernardino
Continue past Palm Springs
Take the Monterey Avenue exit
Turn right onto Monterey Avenue for 5 miles

From Coachella
Estimated Distance: 15 miles

Start out going Northwest CA-111
Turn right onto Monterey Ave

From Phoenix
Estimated Distance: 257 miles

Take I-10 West to Palm Desert, CA
Take the Monterey Ave exit
Turn LEFT onto Monterey Ave for 5 miles


 Download a PDF Version of the Campus Guide: 

COD Palm Desert Campus Guide 2015.pdf

Campus Guide Index Summer 2015.pdfCampus Guide Index Summer 2015.pdf


All vehicles must have a parking permit. Citations are issued by College Security.

Visitors may purchase a daily Visitors may purchase a daily permit from one of our Visitors may purchase a daily permit from one of our self-serve dispense located in Lot 6, 14, 23 and 28.

Students parking on the campus must purchase and properly display a COD parking permit. Parking permits may be purchased online at