Palm Springs and the Desert Resorts Sights

Living Desert

  • 47900 Portola Ave. Map It
  • Palm Desert
  • Garden/Arboretum
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Big Horn Sheep, Living Desert, Palm Springs, California

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Published 11/12/2015

Fodor's Review

Come eyeball-to-eyeball with wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, cheetahs, bighorn sheep, golden eagles, warthogs, and owls at the 1,800-acre Living Desert. Easy to challenging scenic trails traverse desert terrain populated with plants of the Mojave, Colorado, and Sonoran deserts. In recent years the park has expanded its vision to include Australia and Africa. At the 3-acre African WaTuTu village you'll find a traditional marketplace as well as camels, leopards, hyenas, and other African animals. Children can pet African domesticated animals, including goats and guinea fowl, in a "petting kraal." Gecko Gulch is a children's playground with crawl-through underground tunnels, climb-on snake sculptures, a carousel, and a Discovery Center that holds ancient Pleistocene animal bones. Elsewhere, a small enclosure contains butterflies and hummingbirds, and a cool model train travels through miniatures of historic California towns. A garden center sells native desert flora, much of which is unavailable elsewhere.

Sight Information


47900 Portola Ave., south from Hwy. 111, Palm Desert, California, 92260, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $17.25
  • June–Sept., daily 8–1:30; Oct.–May, daily 9–5

Published 11/12/2015


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