Tips, Hours & Directions


  1. We feed our bears at 10:30am and 1:30pm daily (unless they’re hibernating)!  Other feedings or animal activities may be scheduled by the Shift Supervisor.  Our Admissions Attendant can tell you the schedule when you arrive.
  2. Visiting early when we open at 10:00am, when it’s cool, will increase your chances to see our nocturnal predators active before they start their daily naps.
  3. We have docents available throughout the day, so bring your questions!
  4. Animal Ark does have a gift shop (all proceeds support Animal Ark) which sells snacks, drinks, and ice cream, as well as a variety of souvenirs and novelty items.
  5. Bring a picnic and enjoy lunch at our large picnic and playground area.
  6. Our trail is approximately one mile of compact dirt and decomposed granite (DG).  Wear comfortable walking shoes.
  7. Strollers are permitted, but the small-wheeled umbrella style strollers do not roll well on our trail.
  8. We have golf carts available by advance reservation only to those elderly or handicapped guests unable to walk the trail. Please email us at [email protected] or call 1-775-970-3111 at least 12 hours in advance to place a reservation. Please specify the date and time for the reservation, along with the number of people and a phone number to contact you. Golf cart rentals are limited to 90 minutes.
  9. In the case of inclement weather, call before you come.  We will update our answering machine to reflect any changes to our operating hours due to weather.
  10. Pets are not allowed in the park.

Regular Admission Prices

  • $13.00 for adults
  • $11.00 for seniors (62+)
  • $8.50 for children (3-12)
  • free for children ages 2 and under

Be sure to visit our Events page as admission prices vary for Special Events.

Standard Members receive free admission during normal operating hours and 50% off daytime Special Events.  Platinum Members receive free admission during all normal operating hours and Special Events except Paws and Claws.  Visit our Membership page to learn how you can obtain these and other great benefits!

Hours of Operation

We are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. Closed Mondays.

Open March 23, 2019 – November 3, 2019

Check our Events Page for special pre- and post-season openings.
Mondays: Closed
Tuesday through Sunday: 10:00am – 4:30pm


We are open on Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day!

Animal Ark attempts to open for Thanksgiving Weekend, Martin Luther King Weekend, and Presidents Day Weekend. Check out our Events Page for times and prices!

Facility Map

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Animal Ark Directions

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Directions from Reno

Take US 395 North to Red Rock Road (Exit 78). Turn right and drive 11.5 miles to Deerlodge Road. Turn right on Deerlodge Road, drive 1 mile and turn right into signed driveway.

Please call ahead if there is any concern over inclement weather.


Phone: 1-775-970-3111
(Must dial 1-775 even from Reno area)