We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Living Desert

Features Animals
Closed Now: 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Palm Springs Living Desert Admission to Zoo, Botanical Garden
from $19.95*
Palm Springs Living Desert Admission to Zoo, Botanical Garden
from $19.95*
All photos (1,325)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“animal hospital”(121 reviews)
“giraffe feeding”(111 reviews)
“model train”(70 reviews)
The botanical gardens of this park offer great opportunities to see desert vegetation.
Closed Now
Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
See all hours
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Palm Springs
47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-6156
+1 760-346-5694
Ways to Experience The Living Desert
from $19.95
More Info
from $145.00
More Info
Reviews (2,454)
Filter reviews
2,419 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsanimal hospitalgiraffe feedingmodel trainanimal exhibitsbotanical gardensnice zoocamel ridewild lightscheetah rundiscovery centerafrican villagenatural habitatall ageschristmas lightsgreat place to visithiking trailsbig horn sheep
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 2,419 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago

We have taken our grandchildren there many times when visiting the Palm Dessert area. Love feeding the giraffe's. During the holidays they have the desert lights that are wonderful to see.

Thank Nancy J
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very friendly volunteers to help you get around. Did not use tram. Did zoo in two hours with getting in the special chats of some of the animals. Gotta feed the giraffe!

Thank Sandynick
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Zoo and botanical gardens. Several talks and exhibits. Opens early and only open until early afternoon because of the heat. A lot of the animals were hiding because it was so hot here in September. Pay for the tram! It's worth every penny.

Thank kjgardeski
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had never heard of this place but were given tickets so decided to check it out; so glad we did as it was a very pleasant experience. The Living Desert is a combination of activities & sights: there is a G-scale model train display...More

Thank 675randalle
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What an interesting place! A mix of animals from North American and Africa to see all appearing to be enjoying their environments. The park concentrates very much on conservation and it doesn’t feel like the normal zoo where sometimes animals can appear stressed and bored....More

1  Thank Sir_Hugoagogo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

was very interesting . Was a great way to learn about the area and the plants and wild life. Enjoyed it, took about two hours to walk through it.

Thank LindySueK
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been to The Living Desert and have taken family members there as well, including children and adults. It has always been enjoyed by all, whether it's the zoo or during the holiday season. It is also an amazing place to go hiking!

Thank Judith C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love this place. Visit often and always see something new and exciting. Well run,clean and plenty of shade. Don’t miss it

Thank mspdred33
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Zoo -living Desert is a wonderful place full of fun animals and beautiful plants. However we went in 106 degrees and IT WAS HOT and SO SWEATY. Would recomend this activity anytime BUT NOT IN AUGUST !!!

1  Thank Nancy L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My kids are young adults now - but that doesn’t stop my husband and I from visiting the zoo. It is my favorite thing to do in the desert. We bought a family pass for the year. The desert gardens, and the animals are a...More

View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 24 hotels in Palm Desert
Shadow Mountain Resort and Club
137 reviews
1.08 miles away
Mojave Resort
162 reviews
1.24 miles away
Autograph Collection Hotel Paseo
84 reviews
1.32 miles away
International Hotel & Suites
27 reviews
1.48 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 300 restaurants in Palm Desert
Pacifica Seafood Restaurant
1,368 reviews
1.44 miles away
Ristorante Mamma Gina
866 reviews
1.39 miles away
Wilma & Frieda's Cafe
608 reviews
1.38 miles away
Piero's PizzaVino
571 reviews
1.40 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 118 attractions in Palm Desert
El Paseo Shopping District
921 reviews
1.41 miles away
Gargan Optics Observatory
11 reviews
1.26 miles away
CODA Gallery
41 reviews
1.51 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
November 20, 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from janie210 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do. .They also have light weight senior assist chairs. There is a lot of walking and the paths are paved and wide.
March 27, 2017|
Response from TheLivingDesert_Zoo | Property representative |
Yes! Butterflies are here until April 30
Judith P
March 20, 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from TheLivingDesert_Zoo | Property representative |
Yes, we have adult push-carts available free of charge, but we ask for a small donation. The push-carts are at a first-come first-serve basis.