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Entrance to Dinosaurs in the Desert is only $4 for members and $5 for the general public in addition to Zoo admission. The Dinosaurs in the Desert experience is similar to the cost of Stingray Bay, the Giraffe Encounter, etc. Check out our admissions page for more information on packages and ways bundle and save!

Dinosaurs in the Desert is open during regular Zoo hours including during Roars & Pours, ZooLights and other events. Last entry in to the Dinosaurs in the Desert exhibit is 30 minutes prior to Zoo closing.

November 1 – January 14: 8:30 a.m. – Last entry at 3:30 p.m.
January 15 – April 30: 8:30 a.m. – Last entry at 4:30 p.m.

Dinosaurs in the Desert ZooLights Hours:
Nov 22, 2017 – Jan 14, 2018: Last entry is at 10:00 p.m.


The Dinosaurs
The Phoenix Zoo is the first zoo to feature a dinosaur exhibit in a desert setting! What really makes our experience unique, however, is how we’ve tied the prehistoric creatures to our conservation efforts. Arizona is home to many magnificent animals with beautiful colors and patterns. We let these animals inspire the look of the dinosaurs in our Dinosaurs in the Desert exhibit!

Additionally, Dinosaurs in the Desert features a sprawling backdrop of land formations that pre-date and post-date the existence of dinosaurs (the existence of dinosaurs spanned 150 million years!).

• The Desert Lives Trail is a smooth desert path with occasional ruts and slopes. Closed-toed shoes are encouraged, but not required.

Dino Food
Dinosaurs aren’t the only ones with big appetites! In addition to all our regular favorites, number of dino-themed treats are available throughout the Zoo.

Dino Activities
Please check the Dinosaur Calendar of Events for the latest info on specific dino-rific happenings.

• Please stay on the trail at all times and remember to keep a safe distance from all wildlife and desert plant life as many native plants have thorns and spines.

• Parents and adults, please keep a watchful eye on your children and be respectful of all barriers.

• Be kind to the dinosaurs! Please do not feed, touch or throw things at them.