Explore Ball Fields, Skate Parks and More


Play a pickup game of soccer or tennis. Take Fido for a long walk. Bring the kids for an afternoon of skateboarding. Or even enjoy an outdoor performance. Palm Desert parks and recreation areas offer plenty of options for families, athletes and people of all types – all year round.

City Parks in Palm Desert

From Palm Desert’s Civic Center Park – featuring 72 acres of fields, courts, paths, public art, an amphitheater and three swimming pools – to community parks throughout the city, Palm Desert takes its parks seriously. Palm Desert city parks include:

  • Cahuilla Hills Park
    The starting for many Palm Desert hiking trails, this natural park offers tennis and much more.
  • Cap Homme / Ralph Adams Park
    Located in south Palm Desert, you’ll find hiking trails and more here.
  • Civic Center Park
    Palm Desert’s largest park offers something for everyone – including the Palm Desert Aquatic Center, an amphitheater, sports fields, skate parks, dog parks, a rose garden, picnic areas and more.
  • Cook Street Sports Complex
    Baseball and softball fields are the highlight of this sports-oriented park.
  • Freedom Park
    Tennis, volleyball, basketball and soccer are just a few of the sports you can play at this spacious park.
  • Hovley Soccer Park
    Full-sized fields and plenty of equipment make this the perfect place for soccer players and fans.
  • Ironwood Park
    Scenic views and walking paths make this park at the edge of town a lovely place to relax.
  • Joe Mann Park
    Take your pooch to the dog park or enjoy the interactive water feature at this community park.
  • Magnesia Falls City Park
    Picnic or play at this community park behind Palm Desert Middle School.
  • Palma Village Park
    Playgrounds, courts and paths are just a few of the amenities at this central Palm Desert park.
  • University Neighborhood Park & Dog Park
    Visit this new Palm Desert park for a pet-friendly good time.
  • Washington Charter School Park
    Open to the public when classes are out, this park includes open fields and a tot lot.

View an interactive map and learn more about Palm Desert parks on the Palm Desert city website. See detailed park information now.

Parks & Monuments

Once you’ve explored Palm Desert’s parks, take a trip outside the city to nearby state and national parks like the stunning Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, located on the south end of the Coachella Valley, where you’ll find one of the steepest mountains in the world.

No visit to the Palm Springs area is complete without a tour of the Joshua Tree National Park, full of gold mining history, 19th century homesteads and of course plenty of distinctive Joshua trees.

Learn more about Palm Desert’s parks and other outdoor recreation areas with an online Palm Desert Vacation Guide, or contact the Visitor Center for personalized help.