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

    Bob Reynolds / Shutterstock

Published 07/06/2016

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

Address:

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

Map It

Phone:

760-346–5694

Sight Details:

  • $17.25

Published 07/06/2016

Advertisement

Map View

Map of



What's Nearby

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?

Experience

Ease

Value

Don't Miss

No Thanks

Love To Travel?

Get FREE email communications from Fodor's Travel, covering must-see travel destinations, expert trip planning advice, and travel inspiration to fuel your passion.

Thank You

Now sit back, relax, and check your inbox to start planning your next travel adventure.

Please tell us more about the type of travel you're interested in. Check all that apply.