Train Day at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Train Day at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens.

Train Day

May 4

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Train Day

All aboard The Living Desert’s Train Day! The community is invited to join The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in celebrating National Train Day on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Train Day festivities include family-friendly activities for all ages, centered around The Living Desert’s 3,300 feet of track at the Garden Railroad. Attendees will enjoy a train-themed treasure hunt and train chats (10 a.m. and 11 a.m.) offering insights to the railroad and train travel. Special trackless train rides* around the Zoo and Choo-Choo-Churro specials* are offered for an additional fee.

The train treasure hunt encourages guests to find the hidden and special features of the train exhibit. All completed train treasure hunts will receive a prize, while supplies last. In addition, a free conductor hat will be given away to those attending, while supplies last.

The Living Desert 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 feet of track over realistic-­-looking waterways and past well-­-known landmarks, including miniaturized reproductions of historic Old Indio, the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore. With one full--time staff member and a crew of 25 volunteers, the exhibit is active every day with at least seven trains running continuously at all times.

National Train Day was 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.

Train Day activities are free to members and with paid admission.

*Additional fees apply