Aztlán is the legendary and mythical home land of the Aztec peoples. Legend describes it as Paradise,
Aztec is the Nahuatl word for “people from Aztlán”.
Our extensive research suggests that Aztlán could have existed in the heart of Coachella Valley. This map shows the approximate location and size of Lake Cahuilla, a fresh water lake that stretched from present day Indio, California south to Colorado River Basin, beyond Blythe and Mexicali, Mexico.
Aztlán means “home of the snowy egrets,” or the “place of whiteness.” The snowy egrets are a frequent symbol of the Aztecs. The Aztecs, like the snowy egrets, migrated from the American Southwest to Mexico. Even today when the Salton Sea has been reduced greatly in size from Lake Cahuilla, it remains the main nesting area of the egrets, who migrate up and down the Pacific coast.