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Explore the variety of things to do when visiting The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Explore the variety of things to do when visiting The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens.

so many Things to do

Get your Total Adventure Package today. Its all-day unlimited and includes:

giraffe feedings
carousel rides
camel rides
lorikeets + feedings

interactive Attractions

Choose your own adventure with one of The Living Desert’s tours and enhance your experience.

Book a private tour today and see the Zoo like you’ve never seen it before.

Private and behind the scenes tours at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click for more details.

Private and Behind-the-Scenes
Tours

Private and behind the scenes tours at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click for more details.

Private and Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Choose your own adventure with one of The Living Desert’s tours and enhance your experience.

Book a tour today and see the Zoo like you’ve never seen it before.

Private Safari Tours Guided Walking Tours Behind-The-Scenes Tours

For questions and bookings, contact group sales at (760) 346-9810 or email GroupSales@LivingDesert.org.

Experience all the Zoo’s main attractions for one low price.

Get unlimited giraffe feedings, lorikeet admission and feedings, camel and carousel rides.
$18 per member
$20 per non-member

Total adventure package at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click for more details.

Total Adventure
Package (T.A.P.)

Total adventure package at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click for more details.

Total Adventure Package (T.A.P.)

Experience all the Zoo’s main attractions for one low price.

Get unlimited giraffe feedings, lorikeet admission and feedings, camel and carousel rides.
$18 per member
$20 per non-member

Available October 27, 2018 – April 30, 2019

Purchase at admissions windows or self-ticketing kiosk.

7 am – 2 pm daily, while daily allotment available.

Total Adventure Package (TAP) bracelets are for ages three and up. TAP bracelets can be redeemed at any Admissions window or attractions cashier inside the park. One bracelet per person. Bracelet is non-refundable, non-transferrable, and non-replaceable. Do not lose, damage or remove bracelet – it will not be replaced. Valid day-of-purchase only. You must have your bracelet scanned by the cashier at each attraction prior to participating. You must exit and re-enter attraction prior to redeeming an additional feeding, ride, etc. Please note, certain attractions have special operating times and restrictions. CAMEL RIDES: Children under the age of three are not eligible to ride the camels for safety reasons. CAROUSEL: An adult chaperone must stand next to a child less than 42-inches tall during the ride. Adult chaperones ride free. LORIKEET FEEDING: Adult must chaperone children ages 12 and under. Adult chaperone must purchase admission ticket into lorikeet feeding.

Take a hike on the wild side

Discover the untouched beauty of the pristine Colorado Desert in its natural state through a series of nature and hiking trails. Your Zoo admission or membership includes access to The Living Desert’s nature preserve and three trail loops...

Nature and hiking trails at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click for more details.

Nature and
Hiking Trails

Nature and hiking trails at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click for more details.

Nature and Hiking Trails

Take a hike on the wild side

Discover the untouched beauty of the pristine Colorado Desert in its natural state through a series of nature and hiking trails. Your Zoo admission or membership includes access to The Living Desert’s nature preserve and three trail loops. Open October 1 through May 30, the trail system is a memorable way to experience Coachella Valley nature at its best.

Loop 1: The Discovery Loop

Stroll through The Discovery Loop, a flat, sandy trail through a palo verde and smoketree desert riparian woodland. Interpretive signage along the path will help you interpret the desert world. This 1/4 mile trail is a brief 15 minute interlude from your tour of our grounds. A quiet place with unimpeded desert views.

Loop 2: The Adventure Loop

Get a little more adventurous on our exciting Adventure Loop. You travel through the same desert riparian woodland in Loop 1 then onto a rocky desert mountain slope or bajada. You will also experience a desert wash or arroyo, and can climb to an interpretive exhibit of the San Andreas Fault with broad views of this world famous fault. This trail is about one mile on a smooth dirt path, and includes interpretive signage. With exception of the dip into the wash, it is a very gentle rise and fall as you travel the loop.

Loop 3: The Wilderness Loop

Ready for more? The Wilderness Loop is for the adventurous or those ready to explore. This trail traverses a very rocky desert canyon if you travel the loop in a counter clockwise manner, or a desert mountain ridge if you travel in a clockwise manner. Either way, you peak at a covered picnic area at 1,000 feet elevation and can clearly see Eisenhower Peak at 1,952 feet. The path is narrow, but marked. You will climb over, scramble around, or jump from one boulder to another in the canyon. This desert experience is intimate with opportunities for wildlife viewing exceptional, and the views of the Coachella Valley at the top peak spectacular. The trail is 3.5 miles long from the junction with the Middle Loop or 5 miles from the parking lot. Expect to spend 3 to 5 hours on this loop.

These nature trails take you through various Sonoran Desert biological communities and habitats, including desert riparian woodland with smoketree, palo verde, desert willow, and desert scrub or creosote bush and white bursage in the canyon and on the ridge, plus a small dune near the Fault exhibit. You might even see a number of animals along the way!

Know Before You Go:

  • The nature and hiking trails are open October 1 – May 30
  • Carry and drink plenty of water; at least 2 quarts per person is recommended for the Wilderness Loop
  • Dress appropriately for the weather including a hat and sunscreen
  • This is a nature preserve; respect and stay on the trail
  • Leave no trace; carry out what you carry in
  • Understand that you hike at your own risk. The Living Desert assumes no liability. This trail is not patrolled, so it is recommended not to hike alone. Make sure a family member or friend knows where you are hiking before you go
  • Be aware of your surroundings; watch where you put your hands and feet
  • The trailhead gate closes at 4 pm. No overnight camping permitted

Download The Living Desert’s FREE app for access to audio tour stops, interesting facts about the animals and special features!

Free app and audio tour at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click for more details.

Free App and
Audio Tour

Free app and audio tour at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click for more details.

Free App and Audio Tour

Don’t miss out on the extra fun!

Download The Living Desert’s FREE app for access to audio tour stops, interesting facts about the animals and special features! Plus, get behind-the-scenes peeks at some of your favorite animals, and learn about what makes The Living Desert such an important place for conservation. The FREE app is perfect for all ages and features:

  • Fun Audio Tour Stops
  • Behind-the-Scenes Videos
  • Step Tracker
  • Location-Aware Map
  • Augmented Reality Experiences, and More!

Download the FREE app today! On the App Store and Google Play, search: The Living Desert

 

Don’t miss your chance to get nose-to-nose with the world’s tallest animal.

Feed a giraffe and make memories to last a lifetime. Selfies encouraged!

Feed a giraffe at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click for more details.

Feed a
Giraffe

Feed a giraffe at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click for more details.

Feed a Giraffe

Don’t miss your chance to get nose-to-nose with the world’s tallest animal.

Feed a giraffe and make memories to last a lifetime. Selfies encouraged!

8:30 am – 11:30 am daily (June 1 – September 30)
9:30 am – 2:30 pm daily (October 1 – May 31)

Members: $5 per feeding
Non-members: $7 per feeding

Unlimited feedings included with the Total Adventure Package.

Saddle up!

Get a glimpse into the nomadic lifestyle with a camel ride!  Available to riders ages 3 and up.

Take a camel ride at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click for more details.

Take a
Camel Ride

Take a camel ride at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click for more details.

Take a Camel Ride

Saddle up!

Get a glimpse into the nomadic lifestyle with a camel ride! Available to riders ages 3 and up.
 

October 27, 2018 – April 30, 2019
9 am – 5 pm daily


Members and non-members: $6 per person

Souvenir photos available for $5.

Unlimited rides included with the Total Adventure Package.

Enter a free-flying, kaleidoscopic wonderland!

At Lorikeets: Winged Wonders! get up close to these beautiful members of the parrot family.

Visit lorikeets, the winged wonders at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click for more details.

Visit Lorikeets:
Winged Wonders

Visit lorikeets, the winged wonders at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click for more details.

Visit Lorikeets: Winged Wonders

Enter a free-flying, kaleidoscopic wonderland!

At Lorikeets: Winged Wonders! get up close to these beautiful members of the parrot family. Native to Australia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, lorikeets are known for their dramatic colors and unique brush-like tongue. Unlike most parrots, the lorikeet prefers nectar instead of seeds; you can even feed these beautiful pollinators. Nectar cups available for purchase. The lorikeets may land on your hand, arm, shoulder or even head for a sip of sweet nectar!

October 27, 2018 – April 30, 2019
9 am – 4 pm daily

Members: $2 entrance | $3 nectar cup

Non-members: $3 entrance | $3 nectar cup

Unlimited entrance and feedings included with the Total Adventure Package.

Take a spin!

You’ll love going around and around on the Endangered Species Carousel featuring many of the animals found at The Living Desert.

Ride the endangered species carousel at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click for more details.

Ride the Endangered
Species Carousel

Join a keeper and animal meet and greet!

Experience animal encounters at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click for more details.

Animal
Encounters

Experience animal encounters at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click for more details.

Animal Encounters

Keeper Chats and Animal Encounters

Our dedicated animal keepers provide exceptional care to all of the animals at the Zoo, making sure they're happy and healthy. They also help save animals in the wild and inspire Zoo guests to make a difference. Keeper chats and animal encounter times vary; visit the daily schedule for specific times and details.

Wildlife Wonders Show

Come see our very own 25-minute family-friendly Wildlife Wonders extravaganza. This twice daily, interactive presentation features free-flight birds, training demonstrations, and much more. Visit the daily schedule for times and details.

Reptile Show

Slither on over! Take in a 25-minute interactive, family-friendly show featuring our reptile animal ambassadors including tortoises, lizards, snakes and more. Visit the daily schedule for times and details.

Daily Schedule

What will you discover?

Get a deeper look at the local environment at The Miriam U. Hoover Discovery Center.

Visit the Discovery Center at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click for details.

Discovery
Center

Visit the Discovery Center at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click for details.

Discovery Center

What will you discover?

Get a deeper look at the local environment at The Miriam U. Hoover Discovery Center. This indoor interactive space allows children and visitors to discover how sun, wind, sand and water work together to create the unique desert of the Coachella Valley.

Care is at our core!

Go behind-the-scenes with our specially trained animal caregivers at The Tennity Wildlife Hospital and Conservation Center.

Visit the Tennity Wildlife Hospital and Conservation Center at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click for more details.

Tennity Wildlife Hospital
& Conservation Center

Visit the Tennity Wildlife Hospital and Conservation Center at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click for more details.

Tennity Wildlife Hospital and Conservation Center

Care is at our core!

Go behind-the-scenes with our specially trained animal caregivers at The Tennity Wildlife Hospital and Conservation Center and glimpse into the high level of care the Zoo’s residents receive. Open to the public during normal park hours, you can view medical exams and procedures, hear animal care stories from volunteers, tour the facility, and interact with the exhibits and displays.

Visit the daily schedule for the animal exam schedule.

Corral the goats!

Go behind the fence and get close to the action.

Visit the petting kraal at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click for more details.

Petting
Kraal

Visit the petting kraal at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click for more details.

Petting Kraal

Corral the goats!

Go behind the fence and get close to the action.

All ages can experience the domestic livestock of Africa including Ankole cattle and Sicilian dwarf donkeys, and interact with and groom Nigerian dwarf goats.

Open daily, located within Village WaTuTu.

Time to play!

Gecko Gulch is an interactive outdoor play area that encourages children to use their imaginations and create their own fun.

Visit Gecko Gulch at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click for more details.

Gecko
Gulch

Visit Gecko Gulch at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click for more details.

Gecko Gulch

Time to play!

Gecko Gulch is an interactive outdoor play area that encourages children to use their imaginations and create their own fun. Spread over one-acre, the play area features slides, climbing features, and more.

Located near the Discovery Center.

hiking trails of eisenhower peak

The Living Desert offers a unique opportunity for guests to experience the pristine Colorado Desert in its natural state through a series of nature and hiking trails. Your zoo admission or membership gives you access to The Living Desert’s nature preserve and three trail loops.

Open October 1 through May 30, The Living Desert’s trail system is a memorable way to experience the beauty of the Coachella Valley. 

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