Dinosaur Park | Outlet Malls| Morongo Resort
Just east of Banning is the small community of Cabazon. The Cabazon Dinosaur Park has been a popular roadside attraction for many years. The Desert Hills Premium Outlets are extremely popular, especially on the the weekends. Morongo's Resort, Bowling Lanes, and Hadleys are all located in the Cabazon area.
The Cabazon Dinosaurs are long a long time iconic roadside attraction made famous when featured in Pee Wee Herman's Big Adventure The Wheel Inn ( haunting grounds for "Large Marge" in the movie) has since been torn down, but the park has expanded. There are now more dinosaurs, and activities for the kids. While you can stop to view "Dinney" and "Mr. Rex" , the rest of the park is paid admission.
Created in the 1960s by Claude Bell, a theme park artist and sand sculptor, the Cabazon Dinosaurs were originally referred to as "Claude Bell's Dinosaurs" and intended to attract roadside customers to Bell's business, The Wheel Inn Cafe. ( atlasobscura.com )
Desert Hills Premium Outlets and Cabazon Outlets
Desert Hills Premium Outlets, the largest collection of luxury stores in California is located in Cabazon, just 5 minutes from Banning. The smaller Cabazon Outlets are just east of Desert Hills . The Outlets attract hundreds of customers daily, from as far away as Los Angeles and can be extremely crowded on weekends and holidays.
The Morongo Band of Mission Indians have done quite well with their New Gambling Resort, Casino and Spa. The original casino is now home to a bowling alley and Bingo hall. The Travel Stop has the lowest gas prices in the area. Morongo bought Hadley's Fruit Orchard and built a new store next to the old one.
Hadley's, a Southern California landmark, has been selling their goods since the 1960s. The store was a popular spot for movie stars from Palm Springs and many other loyal customers. Morongo bought the store in 1990 and built a new store, right next door in 2015.( hadleyfruitorchards.com )