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Guest Services


  • Paved pathways throughout The Living Desert make exploring accessible for strollers and wheelchairs.
  • Adult wheeled strollers and children’s wagons are available for a $5.00 fee.
  • Explore The Living Desert on a Shuttle.
  • Nursing Lounge: Quiet place for moms to care for and breastfeed their babies in privacy.



  • Shade trees and misted rest spots all throughout the park provide comfort during the warm days.
  • First aid stations, restrooms, and baby changing stations. We accept American Express, Master Card, Visa and Discover.
  • No locker facilities are available.


  • Drinking fountains are conveniently located throughout the park.
  • Bottled water is available for purchase in our cafe, grill, snack stand and vending machines.
  • Water filling stations are located throughout the park.

Dining and Shopping:

Open during park hours

    • Thorn Tree Grill is open daily in Village WaTuTu. This patio restaurant serves American cuisine and cold refreshments including beer.
    • Coyote Café is open daily. The menu selection includes fresh, made to order sandwiches and salads, and a choice of beverages and desserts. Try a delicious date shake!
    • We also have limited picnic areas for visitors who may choose to bring their own food.
    • The Plaza Gift Shop is open daily and offers a variety of books, designer jewelry, apparel, art and souvenir items.
    • Safari Soft Serve features soft serve ice-cream with toppings, milkshakes, smoothies, ICEE, coffee drinks, cold draft beer, and more.


    • No pets allowed in the park.
    • If you require a service dog, you must let Admission Staff know so the Animal Department can be contacted. Certain areas of the park are restricted.
    • For your pet’s safety, do not leave animals in the car.
    • Service Animal Policy


  • Free parking. Enjoy our environmentally friendly parking lot with lots of room for motor homes and RVs and plenty of convenient parking for our disabled visitors.

Park Security:

  • All Living Desert staff members carry radios. If you encounter any problems or an emergency, please contact any Staff member located throughout the park. To ensure a safe and enjoyable visit, we ask that you observe these rules:
  • Please do not feed or annoy the animals.
  • Visitors are asked to stay on the marked paths and walkways.
  • Plants are for all to enjoy and are not to be picked or trampled.
  • All children must be supervised at all times by parent, guardian or chaperon.

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens maintains a smoke-free environment.


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