Celebrating 50 Years of Adventure
Train Day at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Train Day at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens.

Train Day

May 9

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Train Day


We're celebrating National Train Day!

Marvel at our 3,300 feet of track Garden Railroad. Enjoy a train-themed treasure hunt and listen to train chats (10am and 11am). Jump aboard our special trackless train rides around the Zoo and delight in Choo-Choo-Churro specials.* All completed train treasure hunts receive a prize.** And a free conductor hat will be given to all attending.**

Free for members and with paid admission to the Zoo.

*additional fees apply
**while supplies last


Volunteers maintain more than 3,300 feet of track occupying three quarters of an acre on the Zoo’s grounds. The main line travels on 940 ft of track over realistic-­-looking waterways and past well-­-known landmarks, including miniaturized reproductions of historic Old Indio, the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore. The exhibit is active every day with at least seven trains running continuously at all times.

National Train Day is a holiday started by Amtrak as a method to spread information to the general public about the advantages of railway travel and the history of trains in the United States. It is held each year on a Saturday near May 10, the anniversary of the pounding of the Golden spike in Promontory, Utah, which marked the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S.