Desert Living Series
Summer Activities

“There isn’t a single word to describe all that The Living Desert is and does. We must string words together, like beads: zoo and endangered species conservation center – botanical gardens – natural history museum – wilderness park – nature preserve – education center. The thread that holds all the beads together is the word “desert.”

Giraffes at the Living Desert.

If you are looking for something to do in the earlier part of the day, take a stroll around the Living Desert.  They have lush gardens and interesting animals on exhibit.

If you are interested in photography there are many photo opportunities awaiting you at the park.  I’ve been able to capture images of hummingbirds, butterflies, giraffes and other four-legged residents.

The park is also a great place to shop for desert plants.  The Palo Verde Garden Center offers a variety of plants and other items for sale including: cactus, succulents, flowering ornamental, books and videos.

Admission is only $9.50 in the summer and the hours are 8:00 am to 1:30 pm.

The Living Desert is more than a zoo that houses the animals and plants native to the World’s deserts.  It is a place where can be inspired, learn and interact with nature.  It is also a way to spend a relaxing day meandering the paths and viewing the living desert around you!

If you buy a season pass you can get in the gates an hour earlier.  This is handy when the summer temps get hotter later in the day.  It is also a better time to see or photograph the animals as they tend to be more active in the cooler parts of the day.

The Living Desert is located in Palm Desert, CA. For more information about the park and directions, please visit their Web site.

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Lynn Bremner is the author of, a blog about desert road trips and tips. She started the blog after moving to Indio, CA where she now resides. Now a true desert dweller, Lynn has added in some of her own views on desert living. The heat does not keep her indoors in the summertime. She is out running, golfing or taking short day trips to some of the local points of interest. After years of traveling along the dusty, desert trails with her father, she has come to appreciate the beauty and solitude of the desert landscape. Her father’s passion for prospecting, desert lore and exploring the desert parks took their family to many interesting places, mostly in California, Nevada and Arizona. Lynn now writes about her desert road trips and intertwines a little bit of desert living into the mix.


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