In addition to the vast array of plants and wildlife, The Living Desert (in Palm Desert, California) features a huge model train display. Train enthusiasts young and old will rejoice in the intricate detail and massive scale of this train display—it showcases many landmark scenes across the country…from Mount Rushmore, southwestern cliff dwellings, to the south rim of the Grand Canyon.
Thanks to countless volunteers, this train exhibit is one of the most expansive in the country—and, it holds the world’s record for the longest wooden “G” scale trestle…measuring over 200 feet. If you plan on visiting the Living Desert just for the train display, it’s important to note that the exhibit is shut down for maintenance from June 1st through September.
Visiting The Living Desert:
Winter Hours: 9am-5pm (October 1st through May 31st).
Summer Hours: 8am -1:30pm ( June 1st through September 30)
Admission: $12.50 adults, $7.50 children
Address: 47900 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert