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Agua Caliente Cultural Square

100 N. Indian Canyon Palm Springs

Opening in 2023, the Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza in downtown Palm Springs will be a cultural heritage destination celebrating the history, culture, traditions and modern life of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.

This 5.8-acre resort includes the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum with an educational garden and the Spa de Séc-he, a state-of-the-art spa powered by the ancient Agua Caliente hot mineral spring. They are joined by the running water-enabled Gathering Plaza and Oasis Trail, Filiferous Washingtonia palm trees (the only palm native to the California desert) and stunning rock formations that capture the essence of the Indian Canyons and Tahquitz Canyon, the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente people.

The 48,000 square foot museum will feature exhibits and programs covering topics ranging from the history and culture of Agua Caliente to contemporary land stewardship and conservation. Galleries will focus on creation and migration stories, Indian canyons, Tahquitz Canyon, archeology and artistic expressions such as ollas and baskets. Many artifacts, including projectile points, were recovered from the site during construction in 2018 and will be displayed. Incredibly, some of the objects were radiocarbon dated and dated back over 8,000 years.

For the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, no site is more important than the hot mineral spring on their ancestral land, in what is now downtown Palm Springs. Its pure mineral water provided a place for ritual bathing, social activity, physical healing and spiritual connection. They called the spring dry-itthe Cahuilla term for “the sound of boiling water”, from the beginning.

The Agua Caliente people have been sharing the healing water with visitors for over 130 years, even before the turn of the 20th century, making it the premier tourist attraction in the valley.

With so many spaces to reflect, learn and experience aspects of Cahuilla’s heritage, the Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza will be a peaceful space to reflect on where the Agua Caliente call home.

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