Mesa Verde is a primarily mobile home community of some 1200 residents, situated on the “Upper Mesa” just west of the City of Blythe. While the community has changed little over the years, there has been a flurry of activity lately. The County of Riverside’s newly-formed Code Enforcement Department (promoted, from “division” status), has removed a number of eyesores in the community. And the Desert Alliance for Community Empowerment has also been active on that front: one of DACE’s accomplishments is the removal of the old truck stop on Mesa Drive.
A new water system is in the works, thanks to the tax increment funding made available through the building of the Blythe Energy project—funding captured by a City/County Redevelopment Area. The potential of the Blythe Airport right across the freeway from Mesa Verde, and an abundance of affordable land in the area, make Mesa Verde a distinct candidate for future development. One of the largest, most-productive citrus orchards in the desert is on the eastern flank of the community.