Due to damage from Tropical Storm Hillary, the hiking trails will have a delayed opening this season. Please stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Wonderfully Wild. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Wonderfully Wild.

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Open Daily

June 1 - Sept 30
7:00am to 1:30pm

12:30pm Last Admission


October 1 – May 31
8:00am to 5:00pm

4:00pm Last Admission

Closed December 25


  • General Admission Online Pricing Tickets


    It’s time for a fun day at the Zoo! From September 8 – October 10, 2023, Coachella Valley students 17 and under receive FREE ADMISSION to The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens when accompanied by a paid adult.*

    We believe in inspiring the next generation of change-makers. Our immersive habitats and interactive experiences will transport you to a world of awe and wonder. From majestic mountain lions to the enchanting desert flora, every visit is a journey of discovery.
    *One free child (3-17) ticket, per full-priced adult General Admission ticket. Children under 3 are free.

    To receive this discount, you must present the promotional flyer from your school district at the Zoo admissions window. This offer is not valid with any other offers or discounts, with the exception of the military and SNAP/EBT discounts.

    Reserve GA Adult (Ages 18+)
    Reserve GA Child (3 to 17 years)
    Reserve GA Child (under 3)
Family visiting the Living Desert

Are you a member?

Members are no longer required to reserve their tickets. 

Simply present your membership card at the gate for admittance. 


  • Military Discount

    Take advantage of a variety of discounts we offer: 
    Military (active and retired with valid ID) $2.00 off admission

    For questions contact Guest Services at (760) 346-5694 or email GuestServices@LivingDesert.org.

    Discounts and Promotions are not available online. Please call 760-346-5694 to reserve your tickets.

  • Zoo Promotions

    Reciprocal Zoo Admissions — Receive 50% off admission with an active membership card and valid photo ID to other reciprocal Zoos, Aquariums, and Gardens. Please note that we are unable to reserve reciprocal zoo admission tickets online or over the phone. To redeem the reciprocal discount, tickets must be purchased at the admissions window. (Please see the reciprocal list for more details.)

    Bank of America Museums on Us — Bank of America card holders are eligible for free Zoo admission for themselves on the first Sunday of every month. 

    January 1st, 2023, February 5th, 2023, March 5th, 2023, April 2nd, 2023, May 7th, 2023, June 4th, 2023, July 2nd, 2023, August 6th, 2023, September 3rd, 2023, October 1st, 2023, November 5th, 2023, and December 3rd, 2023.

    Card holders must present their Bank of America card and valid photo ID at The Living Desert to redeem. Discount is valid for the card holder only.

    Museums for All (SNAP/EBT) — EBT card holders may purchase up to 4 reduced Zoo admissions tickets for the price of $3.00 each (valid for daytime admission only). A valid SNAP/EBT card and valid photo ID (of EBT cardholder) must be presented during purchase at The Living Desert in order to redeem discounted admission. Please note that we are unable to reserve reciprocal zoo admission tickets online or over the phone. To redeem the EBT program discount, tickets must be purchased at the admissions window.  The Living Desert does not accept the P-EBT card for the Museums for All promotion; only State-issued EBT cards are accepted. EBT card holders with valid ID must be present at the time of purchase to receive the discount.

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