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Hours, Directions & Pricing

Season Hours:

Open every day October 1 to May 31
9:00am to 5:00pm
Last admission at 4:00pm.
Closed December 25

Summer Hours:

Open every day June 1 to September 30
8:00am to 1:30pm
Last admission at 1:00pm

Admission Rates

General Admission $20
Seniors (62+) $18
Children (Ages 3 – 12) $10
Children under 3 FREE

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Giraffe Feeding at The Living Desert

Giraffe Feedings

Line up for our new giraffe feeding experience. Only $7 per person or $5 per member – an eye to eye personal experience you don’t want to miss.
Please see our Daily Program Schedule for scheduled feedings.


Camel Rides

It’s Hump Day every day at The Living Desert!
Guests have the opportunity to take a ride on these nomadic desert specialists. Camel rides are offered daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Participants must be at least three years old to ride. The cost is $6 per person.

carousel at the living desert


During regular season (Oct 1st – May 31st) park hours, the carousel is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The cost per ride is $3.00 and tickets can be purchased at the admissions window or at the carousel.

Lorikeets at the living desert

Lorikeets – Winged Wonders

Experience the free-flying, colorful spectacle of Lorikeets: Winged Wonders! Get up close to these beautiful and unique members of the parrot family.
Members $2 | Non-members $3 | $3 nectar cup

The Total Adventure Package

Total Adventure Package (TAP) includes several unlimited adventures throughout the zoo, saving guests both time and money. The TAP includes unlimited access to giraffe feedings, lorikeet admission and feedings, camel rides (camel ride photo not included), and carousel rides.

Available for purchase at the front entrance admission window from 7am – 2pm.
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Total adventure package main

Non-members $20
Members $18

Shuttle Service

On your next visit to The Living Desert, consider taking a ride on a shuttle. A trip on the shuttle moves you around the park faster, is an informative way to learn about the exhibits you are approaching, keeps you on time for enjoying daily events, and tells you what is new and exciting. Our drivers are very knowledgeable and have access to park staff, who can provide answers to more specific questions.

There are 11 shuttle stops conveniently located in key locations and shuttles stop every 15 minutes. Best of all, if there is an exhibit or place you want to be, just tell a driver where you want to go and they will make sure you get there.

All day shuttle rides are $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children, and children under 3 are FREE!

Shuttle Prices


Adults $7.00
Children (Ages 3 – 12) $4.00
Children under 3 FREE


Shuttle Service


47900 Portola Ave
Palm Desert, CA
(760) 346-5694

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