La Quinta Skatepark (aka X-Park)
La Quinta Skatepark is a 40,000 square foot concrete park in La Quinta, California, that is one of the largest in the state. The facility, dubbed the X-Park, includes three bowls for a range of ability levels, a huge street park, and a concrete pump track.
|Location||La Quinta, California|
|Address||46160 Dune Palms Rd|
La Quinta, CA 92253
|Features||Combi bowl, kidney bowl, flow bowl with mini ramp, street plaza, pump track|
|Riding Allowed||Skateboards, bikes, scooters, skates, wheelchairs|
|Hours||9 am to 9 pm|
La Quinta X-Park Overview
La Quinta X-Park stands out as one of the most ambitious skateparks in the United States. Built with input from some legendary names in the skating world, the park includes just about everything you’d expect in a modern park — with the notable exceptions of a full pipe and over-vert capsule. The park opened in March, 2022.
The park, designed by Spohn Ranch, has a little bit of something for everyone. Vert skaters can test their metal in the combi bowl, dubbed the “Desert Combi” in honor of the high desert surroundings, which was designed by the legendary bowl skater Eddie Elguera.
In announcing the design, Spohn said the combi, which is 10-feet tall in the deep end, “maintains the essence of what makes the combi such a fun shape but tweaks the dimensions a bit to open up new lines and opportunities.”
A bunch of vert legends have been checking the park out, including Christian Hosoi, Lance Mountain, Tony Hawk, and Steve Caballero.
If you are looking for something a bit less committing than the combine but still harkening back to skating backyard pool roots, the La Quinta skatepark’s kidney bowl awaits.
The park’s street section is sprawling, offering too many features to name here. There are two primary tiers of the street plaza, which are lower than the upper tier, where the bowls are located. The plaza is a maze of banks, quarterpipes, spines, rails, ledges, hubbas, gaps over various sorts — basically endless lines to be had.
Finally, the park also includes a huge pump track with pump bumps and carvable corners, somewhat similar to what Spohn built at Pacific Highlands Ranch in San Diego. The track is laid out in two large interconnected loops that also connect back to the street plaza. My thighs burn just thinking about it.
The X-Park is a welcome addition to Southern California’s fast-growing skatepark collection. Beyond the park itself being impressive, the facilities are top-notch, including a state-of-the-art lighting system, nice restrooms, and a two-story pro shop with a shaded observation deck. Very civilized.