El Centro (NAF)
Life in the Imperial Valley
The area surrounding El Centro is peppered with desert and wilderness parks, areas for off-roading, boating, camping, golfing, and the enjoyment of year-round hot springs. Both El Centro (NAF) and Liberty Military Housing provide a variety of recreational opportunities for military families, including pools, bowling alleys, gyms, and other on-base facilities. Nearby attractions include numerous parks, the World Commemorative Center, the Desert View Tower in Jacumba, and the Rio Bend Golf Resort.
In addition, El Centro is within an easy drive to Big Bear, Palm Springs, and San Diego, offering many excursions and activities for individuals and families. Nearby, the Salton Sea is a major site and resting stop on the Pacific Flyway. Currently threatened by run-off, and with conservation plans underway, it supports 30 percent of the remaining population of the American White Pelican and other Pacific birds.
Situated almost entirely below sea level, the valley itself consists of relatively flat desert terrain. The weather is very hot during summer, with temperatures in the 100s, and cool during winter, with temperatures in the 50s.