Cultural Center Construction Update

June 14, 2018

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians thanks all of you who joined us at the Agua Caliente Cultural Center Groundbreaking celebration on Friday May 11. More than 350 community members helped us kick off the two-year construction cycle for our 5.8-acre project in the heart of downtown Palm Springs that celebrates the Tribe’s history, culture and traditions.

The Agua Caliente Cultural Center is on schedule to open in 2020. The project includes a new cultural museum, spa & bathhouse that celebrates the Tribe’s ancient Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring, a gathering plaza, gardens and an oasis trail that replicates the beautiful Andreas Canyon.

Our crews have been busy on the construction site. Here are some highlights:

  • Crews installed the construction fence in May.
  • Crews have been removing Washingtonia filifera palm trees and relocating them to our temporary nursery for safe-keeping during construction. The Washingtonia filifera palm trees (also known as the California fan palm or desert fan palm) are the only native trees to the California desert and are very special trees to the Tribe.
  • This month, construction crews are preparing for and will begin excavation for a basement on a portion of the site.
  • Regular summer work hours: 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

For information on the progress of the project, please visit our project website at: For questions or comments, please email us at:

About The Tribe

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is a federally recognized Indian Tribe located in Palm Springs, California, with 31,500 acres of reservation lands that spread across Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, and into the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains. The Tribe currently owns and operates two 18-hole championship golf courses, the Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs and the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage. For more information about the Tribe, visit

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