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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

interactive Attractions

Come nose-to-nose with the world’s tallest animal. Giraffe feeding gives guests a one-on-one encounter with these graceful giants.

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

Come nose-to-nose with the world’s tallest animal. An experience of a lifetime, giraffe feeding gives guests a one-on-one encounter with these graceful giants.

Make memories to last a lifetime. Selfies encouraged!

9:00am – 4:00 pm daily (October 1 – May 31)
8:30 am – 11:30 am daily (June 1 – September 30)

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

Unlimited feedings included with the Total Adventure Package.

The new Camel Connection is a unique opportunity to get up-close and personal with our camel caravan. 

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

Camel Connection

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

Camel Connection

The new Camel Connection is a unique opportunity to get up-close and personal with our camel caravan. These experiences will vary by day and may include feeding, grooming, training and more.

$5 members, $7 non-members

Unlimited connections included with the Total Adventure Package.

Proceeds benefit The Living Desert’s mission of conservation through preservation, education and appreciation.

 

Delight as colorful butterflies flutter past and hummingbirds hover near in this magical garden paradise.

Delight as butterflies flutter past and hummingbirds hover near in this magical garden paradise.

Butterflies
and Hummingbirds

Delight as butterflies flutter past and hummingbirds hover near in this magical garden paradise.

Hummingbirds and Butterflies

Delight as colorful butterflies flutter past and hummingbirds hover near in this magical garden paradise. Visitors will be surrounded by hundreds of butterflies representing more than 30 species including Monarch, Giant Owl, Queen, Zebra Longwing, Buckeye, Blue Morpho, and Painted Ladies. The interactive pavilion illustrates metamorphosis from pupa to butterfly.

Guests can also revel in the close proximity to the world’s smallest birds. Interestingly, these birds belong to one of the largest groups of birds known as the Trochilidae family. Their name refers to the humming sound made by their tiny fluttering wings, with each species making a different sound depending on the speed of the beating wings. Hummingbirds are nectivores with the large majority of their diet from flower nectar. They are the only birds that can fly backwards, as well as up, down, sideways, and upside down.

Opens Saturday, October 26

Winged Wonders Pavilion
Daily 9am-4pm

$3 with Admission
$2 for Members

Unlimited connections 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

Experience unlimited access to all the Zoo’s main attractions, for one low price with Total Adventure Package.

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

Total Adventure
Package

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

Total Adventure Package

Experience unlimited access to all the Zoo’s main attractions, for one low price with Total Adventure Package.

Get unlimited giraffe feedings, butterfly and hummingbird admission, camel connection, and carousel rides.

$18 per member
$20 per non-member

Available for purchase daily until 3pm.

Total Adventure Package (TAP) bracelets are for all ages. TAP bracelets can be redeemed at any participating attraction inside the park. One bracelet per person. Bracelet is non-refundable, non-transferrable, and nonreplaceable. 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 feedings, rides, etc. Please note, certain attractions have special operating times, restrictions, and chaperone needs. CAMEL CONNECTION: Children under the age of twelve must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. Adult chaperone may accompany child for free. CAROUSEL: An adult chaperone must stand next to a child less than 42-inches tall during the ride. Adult chaperones ride free. BUTTERFLIES & HUMMINGBIRDS: Children under the age of twelve must be accompanied by a paid adult in the Butterfly Pavilion. The adult entrance fee is $2 for members, $3 for non-members.

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.

Private and Behind-the-Scenes
Tours

Private and Behind-the Scenes Tours at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens.

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 Behind-The-Scenes Tours

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

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

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.

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

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.

Immerse yourself in more than 3,300 feet of track laid for 8 different loops as train on the Bighorn Railroad come and go.

Immerse yourself in more than 3,300 feet of track laid for 8 different loops as train on the Bighorn Railroad come and go.  Click for more details.

G-Scale
Model Train

Immerse yourself in more than 3,300 feet of track laid for 8 different loops as train on the Bighorn Railroad come and go.  Click for more details.

G-Scale Model Train

Immerse yourself in more than 3,300 feet of track laid for 8 different loops as train on the Bighorn Railroad come and go. Our G-scale model train sits on ¾ of an acre and offers unique views such as the Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountains, and even Old Indio. This large layout allows us to run 19 or more lines at one time. The trains are designed to operate during day or night and offer a luminous addition to our Wildlights event too. The trains run with one full time staff member along with a crew of 25 volunteers.

The G-scale Model train is open daily throughout the year. During summer months we may run fewer lines due to the heat.

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.

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.

Check our Daily Program Schedule for the next scheduled animal exam!

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

 

Click here to download The Living Desert free app on itunes. Click here to download The Living Desert free app on Google store.

hiking trails of eisenhower peak

The Living Desert offers a unique opportunity 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 to May 31, our nature trails are a memorable way to experience the beauty of the Coachella Valley.