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Desert-Aire is one of Washington's fastest growing communities. Located in Grant County with a population of 1,124, Desert Aire has been labeled "The Palms Spring" of Washington State and "The Sweet Spot in the Desert" due to the fact that it receives over 300 days of sunshine per year. The community is located next to Priest Rapid Lake (formed by the Priest Rapids Dam) on the Columbia River. Because Desert Aire is located in an area rich in Native American history and due to early planning before the community was developed, Desert Aire was able to be developed in a way that preserved the natural balance between man and nature. One of the most impressive features of Desert Aire is its 18-hole championship golf course. The course was designed and built just for the residents of Desert Aire. Due to the excellent weather that Desert Aire receives, there is a host of outdoor activities available. Residents and visitors enjoy camping, jogging, bicycling, golf and tennis. On the 8,000 acre Priest Rapid Lake you can enjoy many water sports such as boating, water skiing, jet skiing, rafting, swimming, and fishing.

Surrounding areas: Ellensburg, Washington (37.0 mi), Crescent Bar, Washington (37.9 mi)

Desert Aire Vacation Rentals

Desert Aire Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Desert Aire MotelMattawa, WA4.1 mi.(509) 932-4300
Comfort Inn @ ZillahWa911 Vintage Valley PkwyZillah, WA25.5 mi.(509) 829-3399
Best Western Ahtanum Inn2408 Rudkin RdYakima, WA27.5 mi.(509) 248-9700
Fairfield Inn & Suites By Marriott137 N Fair AveYakima, WA27.6 mi.(509) 452-3100
Super 8 Motel2605 Rudkin RdUnion Gap, WA27.7 mi.(509) 248-8880
Cedars Suites1010 E A StYakima, WA27.9 mi.(509) 452-8101
Holiday Inn Express Yakima1001 E A StYakima, WA27.9 mi.(509) 249-1000
Howard Johnson Plaza9 N 9TH StYakima, WA27.9 mi.(509) 452-6511
Quality Inn Yakima12 E Valley Mall BlvdYakima, WA27.9 mi.(800) 510-5670
Hilton Garden Inn Yakima401 E Yakima AveYakima, WA28.3 mi.(509) 454-1111
Comfort Inn Of Yakima1700 N First StYakima, WA28.5 mi.(509) 248-5650
Best Western Lincoln Inn515 S Elm StToppenish, WA28.6 mi.(509) 865-7444
Best Western Peppertree Yakima Inn1614 N 1ST StYakima, WA28.6 mi.(509) 453-8898
Clarion Hotel & Conference Ctr1507 N First StYakima, WA28.6 mi.(509) 248-7850
Days Inn1504 N 1st StYakima, WA28.6 mi.(800) 248-3360
Motel 61104 N 1ST StYakima, WA28.6 mi.(509) 454-0080
Ramada Ltd818 N First StYakima, WA28.6 mi.(509) 453-0391

Desert Aire Weather & Climate

The Central Washington desert basin has some of the hottest temperatures in Washington during the summer and is one of the driest places in the state, being located in the rain shadow of the Cascades. Average temperatures in July are a maximum of 91 and a minimum of 64. In January, the average maximum is 40 and the minimum is 26. Rainfall averages only 7 inches per year and the average snowfall is 6 inches. Rainfall is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year. In mid-summer though, it is not unusual for a month or six weeks to pass without any measurable rainfall. The wettest month of the year is December with an average rainfall of 1.19 Inches.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 40°F 25°F 0.82 in. -
February 47°F 29°F 0.66 in. -
March 57°F 35°F 0.66 in. -
April 66°F 42°F 0.43 in. -
May 75°F 50°F 0.42 in. -
June 82°F 57°F 0.40 in. -
July 90°F 63°F 0.19 in. -
August 90°F 63°F 0.27 in. -
September 80°F 54°F 0.34 in. -
October 66°F 42°F 0.46 in. -
November 49°F 33°F 1.02 in. -
December 40°F 26°F 1.17 in. -

Desert Aire Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Yakima Air Terminal Mc Allister Field (YKM) located about 30 miles west of Desert Aire in Yakima, Washington, the Grant County International airport (MWH) located approximately 46 miles northeast of Desert Aire in Moses Lake, Washington, the Tri Cities airport (PSC) located roughly 47 miles southeast of Desert Aire in Pasco, Washington, and finally the Ephrata Municipal airport (EPH) located around 47 miles northeast of Desert Aire in Ephrata, Washington.

Desert Aire Attractions

Golf Courses
Desert Aire Golf CourseMattawaWA3.6 mi.
Royal City Public Golf CourseRoyal CityWA20.7 mi.
Mt Adams Country ClubToppenishWA28.1 mi.
Apple Tree Golf CourseYakimaWA28.2 mi.
Fisher Park Golf CourseYakimaWA28.2 mi.
Suntides Golf CourseYakimaWA28.2 mi.
Westwood West Golf CourseYakimaWA28.2 mi.
Ski Areas
Mission RidgeWenatcheeWA54.6 mi.
Spout SpringsWestonOR93.1 mi.
State Parks
Ginkgo Petrified Forest State ParkWA18.4 mi. 
Yakima Sportsmen State ParkWA26.1 mi. 
Indian Painted Rocks State ParkWA31.8 mi. 
Olmstead Place State ParkWA33.0 mi. 
Potholes State ParkWA33.8 mi. 
American Hop MuseumToppenishWA28.0 mi.(Technology)
Yakima Valley Rail and Steam MuseumToppenishWA28.0 mi.(Technology)
B Reactor Museum AssociationRichlandWA40.6 mi.(Technology)
Three Rivers Children's MuseumRichlandWA40.6 mi.(Children's)
Washington State Railroads Historical Society MuseumPascoWA49.3 mi.(History)
East Benton County Historical MuseumKennewickWA49.3 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Northwest Trek Wildlife ParkEatonvilleWA111.9 mi.

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