The seal of the La Quinta was designed by Fred Rice and displays many of the city’s important elements. The setting sun speaks of its average high, year-round temperature of 89.5°F with over 348 days of sunshine. The borders are defined by the Santa Rosa Mountains in the west and the Coral Mountains in the south. The Gambel’s quail is the adopted bird readily seen in local parks. The “Gem of the Desert” was incorporated in 1982 and is home to about 38,000 residents.