Palm Desert Aquatic Center


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Updated April 14, 2020.

Facility Overview

Facility Name
Palm Desert Aquatic Center
Civic Center Park, 73751 Magnesia Falls Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 565-7467

Adult Admission Price & Policy

Residents: $4.00, SC(60) $3.00. Non-residents: $6.00, SC $4.50. [October, 2018]
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Full-Size, Year-Round Pools & Boards

Pool 1
50m, 8 lanes x 25y, 15 lanes, 3½ - 12½f* depth, deck-level, chlorine sanitized, outdoors, heated, 81ºF (27ºC)
Pool 2
25y, 4 lanes, chlorine sanitized, outdoors, heated, 84ºF (29ºC)
Two 1m and two 3m boards.


Located on the northeast corner of Civic Center Park with access from Magnesia Falls Drive.
Riverside County
33.73412, -116.37923

Teams That Use This Facility

Masters Swim
Contact Head Coach Ben Hobbins at [Verified March, 2017]
Desert Olympic Tritons
See the Desert Olympic Tritons Masters Swim Team contact and website, above.
Youth Swim
Click on the Team Name to view its website.

Facility Notes

In addition to the pools described above, there are also water slides for adults and children, a waterplay feature, and a warm wading pool. The 50m pool is isolated from the noise and chaos other areas. The parking lot offers a shaded spot for every car.
The Desert Olympic Tritons Masters and Triathlon Club welcomes visitors to join their workouts for a $10.00 charge, which includes pool entry. Workouts are held Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 6 to 7 AM and from 7 to 8 PM; Fridays from 7 to 8 PM; and Mondays and Wednesdays, from 6 to 7 PM. [August, 2015]

Facility Reviews

The center is AWESOME! It opened in June 2011 and it’s HUGE. The 50m pool is configured for long course meters every morning, seven days a week. After the morning LCM session it is configured into 25 yard lanes. The water temperature of the 50m pool isperfect for getting out of the desert heat. Unfortunately, there are no pace clocks or backstroke flags for the 25y configuration. It is an exceptionally clean facility and certainly one of the best outdoor facilities in the United States.
This is a fantastic pool. I called ahead to see if it was crowded and they told me "oh yeah, you'll probably have to circle swim." Hah! I think for them "circle swim" means there might be two people in one of the many lanes. That wasn't even true. About half the pool was empty. The water was incredibly clear and the pool has what I suppose you might call "infinity edge" gutters. There was hardly a ripple. I recommend this pool highly. Be aware that they switch from 50m to 25m around 8 AM; if you want to swim long course, get there early. Bring our own lock, there are no coin operated lockers.
[March, 2013]
This is the best aquatics facility in the Coachella Valley / Desert Cities area. The water is crystal clear and an ideal temp temperature for lap swimming. The lanes are plenty wide enough to share in 50m long-course configuration (M,W,F: 5:30 - 8:30 AM; Tu,Th: 5:30 - 7:30 AM). Locker room and showers available; the staff is friendly and helpful. The schedule, posted and online, is accurate, and the admission price is affordable. Don't miss swimming at this pool if you are in the area!
[April, 2013]
Great facility. Never more than two people per lane during morning long-course sessions.
[May, 2014]
Do your due diligence (call ahead) to adjust your expectations, before you go. I was disappointed not to be able to swim the 50 meter lengths here. The printed schedules are not reliable, more of a guideline, since teams, lessons, parties, maintenance, etc. all have priority.
[December, 2016]
I first swam in this pool in March, 2017 - weekdays around 8:00 AM.

This is a beautiful facility. The best public pool I have ever swum in. Pristine pool. Friendly staff. I had one of the 25-yard lanes to myself the whole time both days. The pool was set-up with about twelve, 25-yard lanes, and a section four-lanes wide that they called "open water". At first when they referred to it I was totally confused and was looking around for a lake!

But I agree that it can be a bit confusing to find out when the pool is busy or being used for other things. Then I found that the pool's website pretty well gives you exactly what you need for scheduling. If you go to you reach the home page, which has any major announcements about pool changes and closures. From there, click on the What's Happening link. On that page, at the top you'll see the "Daily Lap Swimming Hours of Operation"; scroll down a bit to "Lap Lane Availability", then click on any of the blue text descriptions, e.g., "Short Course (25 yards) - Lap Pool 2 lanes". That page won't tell you much but, if you then click on the Back to Calendar, link you can see the pool's hour-by-hour, day-by-day lane availability for a week or a month.

I have now used the pool many times over several trips to the area; it is spectacular.
[November, 2018]
I swam at this pool when it first opened in 2011 and continued for a few years. I now swim at the Palm Springs Swim Center. Palm Springs is closed for repairs so I went back to Palm Desert. Palm Desert pool is cloudy and murky. It hasn't been clear in years. They've had to post extra guards because they can't see the pool bottom from one guard position, due to the cloudiness of the water.

The locker room is modern, but the ventilation is very loud and gives it a factory feel. It's uncomfortable.

The facility looks modern and new, but the cloudy pool and annoying locker room are not worth the experience.

I'm back to Palm Springs when repairs are complete.
[April, 2019]