Starting a week from Tuesday, the grounds of The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for both members and non-members, with the last admission at 4 p.m..

The Living Desert’s three nature preserve hiking trails also will reopen to zoo guests and members at 8 a.m. on Oct. 1. Choose between the quarter-mile Discovery Loop, the mile-long Adventure Loop and the Wilderness Loop, a five-mile hike up or down a boulder-strewn canyon and along a rocky ridgeline with far-reaching vistas.

The trails, accessible with paid admission or with an annual membership, will be open every day except Christmas through May 31.

“It’s going to be an exciting year as The Living Desert celebrates its 50th anniversary,” said President/CEO Allen Monroe. “Not only do we have our annual favorites scheduled, we also have a variety of exciting events and announcements that are coming soon.”

Popular annual fall and winter events include La Gran Fiesta on Oct. 12; Howl-O-Ween on Oct. 26 and Oct. 31; and WildLights on select nights Nov. 26 to Dec. 28.

For more information about The Living Desert and upcoming events, visit or call 760-346-5694.

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