National Parks

The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

Palm Desert, CA

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Address: 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260, USA Number: 760 3456 5694 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

This tour through The Living Desert will show you how language has misled everyone into thinking of the desert as a surly, outlaw landscape instead of a fragile, interesting ecosystem. You'll see remarkable plants, animals, places and natural phenomena associated with deserts and learn how The Living Desert is helping to interpret and protect them. You will also find out about one of the most unusual institutions in the United States.

There isn't a single word to describe all that The Living Desert is and does, it offers showcases of world environments linked by the notion, and sometimes misconception, of 'desert'. It's a beautiful adventure, and you'll come away knowing more.

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Where is it at?


We are conveniently located in the center of the Coachella Valley, just minutes from Palm Springs and Indio. From Hwy. 111 in Palm Desert, turn south on Portola Ave., go 1 1/2 miles, follow signs to main entrance. Plenty of free parking. From Interstate 10 take the Monterey exit and turn south. Go south approximately 6 miles and turn east (left) on Hwy 111. Follow direction above when you reach Portola.

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When can we go?

Open daily October 1 to May 31 9am to 5pm. Open daily June 1 to September 30 8am to 1:30pm

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