Coachella festivalgoers stranded by windy conditions that have prevented the opening of campgrounds may take refuge at a number of sites available in the cities of Indio, La Quinta and Coachella.
Festivalgoers seeking to set up car or tent camps for the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival have had to improvise after gusty wind conditions led festival organizers to delay on-site camping until 3 a.m. Friday, pending safe conditions.
A dozen temporary sites are open in Indio, La Quinta and Coachella to accommodate the out-of-town travelers. Overnight camping, drinking, barbecuing and loud music are not permitted.
They can be found at:
— Indio Fashion Mall parking lot, 82227 Highway 111.
— Indio Target parking lot, 42625 Jackson Street.
— Indio Super Walmart store parking lot, 81491 Avenue 42.
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— Indio K-Mart parking lot, 81691 Highway 111.
— Indio Home Depot parking lot, 42100 Jackson Street.
— Fantasy Springs Resort Casino parking lot, 84245 Indio Springs Parkway.
— Indio Walmart Neighborhood Market, 44100 Jefferson Street.
— La Quinta City Hall south parking lot, 78495 Calle Tampico, which will open at 5 p.m. and offers more than 500 parking spots. Restrooms, with accessibility to Civic Center Park, will be available. Camping, tents, loud music, open flame or cooking will not be permitted.
— Lake Cahuilla, 58075 Jefferson Street, will accept campers at 50-60 camp sites on a first-come, first-serve basis. Fees are $30-35 per night. Day use fees are $6 per adult.
— The Village 29 Campground, 46200 Harrison Place, Coachella, is also open and can accommodate up to 1,000 additional tent or car campers. Visit www.Village29.com and purchase "Thursday Night Camping Special" to camp.
— Augustine Casino, 84001 Avenue 54.
— Coachella Neighborhood Walmart parking lot, 83063 Avenue 48.
A high wind warning issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect until 2 a.m. Friday, warning of 25 to 35 mph winds with gusts up to 60 mph. Winds are expected to diminish late Thursday night, but festival organizers will keep campers out of the area until early Friday to be on the safe side. Campsite set-ups, tent canopies and pop-up tents will not be permitted until the winds die down.
"It is strongly encouraged that you delay your arrival until after weather has passed," festival organizers said in a statement.
The second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival begins Friday. The Weeknd, Beyonce and Eminem will headline more than 150 acts through Sunday.