Southwest Travel Information Center


Chiriaco Summit, 67 miles west of Blythe, and home of the General Patton Memorial Museum, is now home to the one-thousand square foot Chiriaco Summit Southwest Travel Information Center. The center can provide comprehensive travel and tourist information for attractions in the Southwest.

The center is air conditioned and wheelchair accessible, has internet search capability, can check for road conditions and closures, and can produce detailed printed address-to-address driving instructions and maps, send faxes or make copies for a nominal fee.

Margit Chiriaco Rusche, President and CEO of Joseph L. Chiriaco, Inc. said, “The Chiriaco Summit Southwest Travel Information Center was opened because we want to continue to upgrade the facilities at Chiriaco Summit for the interstate traveler. The information center is an added dimension to the services we offer here at Chiriaco Summit as well as a Welcome to California. We continue to shine on our own spot and make it the best it can possibly be.”

The center has brochures for over 220 attractions in California, Arizona and Nevada including: the Getty Museum near L.A., the San Diego and Los Angeles Zoos, and the Queen Mary in Long Beach;and in Arizona, the Grand Canyon Railway, Frank Lloyds Wright’s Taliesin West in Scottsdale, the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff and the Barringer Meteor Crater near Winslow.

Discount coupons are also available at the center, and the list is ever expanding. Currently, the Center can provide discounts or coupons for the following places, among others (links open in a new window):
Palm Springs Air Museum
� Mission San Juan Capistrano
Living Desert (Palm Desert)
� California Science Center’s IMAX Theater (LA)
� California Park System
� Knott’s Soak City (Orange County)
SeaWorld San Diego
� Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (San Diego)
� San Francisco Zoo
� H & M Landing (San Diego)
� and the Blue & Gold fleet (San Francisco)

The travel center houses a collection of 50+ pieces of Purple (or “Desert Sun”) glass, and sells an eclectic and ever-expanding range of merchandise, including a wide (47+) selection of Stewart Cassidy and National Geographic animal prints, and varied Southwest memorabilia.

The travel center is located next to the Chiriaco Summit Coffee Shop and it is open seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm. For more information please call 760-227-3227, ext. 213.