Palm Desert

The Spa at Séc-he

The Spa at Séc-he is part of the Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza, which also includes the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, a 48,000-square-foot museum showcasing Tribal history, traditions, artifacts, and modern life. The plaza broke ground in 2018 in the heart of downtown Palm Springs at the site of the Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring, a feature unique to this destination. The water from the Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring carbon dates to more than 12,000 years old and contains a mineral make-up that has not been found anywhere else in the world.Spa 8am-7pm | Café 7am-6pm

Séc-he is one of the most important cultural resources cared for and protected by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, Séc-he (“the sound of boiling water”) is an ancient hot mineral spring that is remarkable in both form and function.

Here, rainwater and mountain snowmelt naturally collect underground and emerge from the ground for the first time after 12,000 years at a rate of 26 gallons per minute. This incredible natural resource is a tangible link between the land and the Agua Caliente people of this special place.

Geologic surveys have revealed the unique nature of this ancient hot mineral spring, which is not connected to any other water source in the Coachella Valley. It exists in a chamber 8,000 feet below the surface, where the earth heats it to temperatures nearing 180 degrees. Unlike other natural sources of geothermal energy, which typically make their way to the surface through fissures created by seismic activity, Séc-he travels up a unique, natural pipeline, absorbing minerals such as calcium, magnesium and sodium on its 1.5-mile journey and cooling to about 105 degrees as it reaches the desert floor.

Designed to both embrace and reflect the natural desert landscape, Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza and The Spa at Séc-he honor the history and heritage of the Tribe while introducing a new generation to the sacred hot mineral spring’s restorative properties. The state-of-the-art day spa offers an unparalleled experience, maintaining its close connection to the land while providing a variety of pampering, relaxation and wellness services.

The site of our Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring
The site of our Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring

For centuries, Séc-he has been the center of Tribal life for the Agua Caliente people, imbued with cultural and spiritual significance. Today, with The Spa at Séc-he, the Tribe continues the tradition of sharing these sacred waters and the healing power they provide.


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