Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary Prescott

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary

Situated on ten acres north of Prescott and overlooking Willow Lake, the sanctuary has many opportunities for visitors including a covered picnic pavilion, a children’s playground, and large, naturally landscaped enclosures for the animals with paths that allow visitors the opportunity to get an up-close and personal view of them. One of the most interesting exhibits, and one which is unique to the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, is the Tarantula Grotto. This building has a distinctive cave-like feel, and houses 26 different spiders from all over the world – 17 of which are on display at any given time. Included in this stunning collection is a specimen of the world’s largest spider, the Goliath Bird eater. This is one of the largest public displays of spiders in the country. Currently under construction is a 2,600 sq. ft. state-of-the-art Reptile House, which will be home to countless species including a 13 ft. Burmese Python; gila monster; geckos; skunks; iguanas; crocodiles and monitor lizards.

The Animals
of Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary

Animal residents at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary do not tell the typical zoo story. All animals at this sanctuary have been rescued from other locations and have a lesson to teach. They include a tiger who was kept as a pet in Texas; a mechanistic (black) jaguar who came from the Wildlife World Zoo in Phoenix after his mother rejected him; a black bear who came to the sanctuary as a cub when his mother was mistakenly shot by a hunter; an orphaned mountain lion who was found as a kitten in a burn pile in Montana; and a gray fox who was rescued from the Aspen Fire in Tucson where she stayed to protect her newborn kits, but irreparably damaged her feet.

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary also has a prestigious role as participant in the American Zoo and Aquarium Association’s Species Survival Plan for the critically endangered Mexican Gray Wolf. After a 20-year absence in the wild, this animal is being reintroduced to its former range following a successful captive breeding program. The sanctuary is a housing facility for wolves not yet ready for release.

Sanctuary Facilities

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary boasts large, naturally-landscaped enclosures for the animals and walking paths to allow visitors the opportunity to get an up-close and personal view. As animal well-being is the highest priority at HPZS, much of the space animals have available is “off display” and not visible to visitors. This ensures that animals have the ability to take themselves out of view at their choosing, leading to a low stress life style.

Iconic Animal Displays

The Tarantula Grotto has a distinct cave-like feel, and houses 25 different spiders and other invertebrates from all over the world. Included in this stunning collection are specimens of the world’s largest spider, the Goliath Bird eater; scorpions; and cockroaches.

Currently under construction is a 2,600 sq. ft., state-of-the-art reptile display building, which will house many different snake species, including venomous and large constrictors; a Gila Monster; and an amazing variety of geckos, skunks, iguanas, crocodiles and monitor lizards.

Kiwanis Korner Open since 2008, the Kiwanis Korner exhibit is HPZS’s family center. This area boasts a playground, picnic tables, pleasant landscaping, and animals that appeal especially well to the younger guests of our community. The Kiwanis Korner is enclosed to help parents keep an eye on the kids without concern for wandering.

Hours and Admission
Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary is open 365 days a year!

The Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary website click here:

Summer Hours
May 1 through October 31: 9 AM to 5 PM daily
June, July, August: Open until 8 PM on Saturdays

Winter Hours

November 1 through April 30: 10 AM to 4 PM

Driving Directions:
From Phoenix (I-17 )
Take I-17 north to Hwy 69
Exit at Cordes Junction
Take Hwy 69 toward Prescott
Turn Right onto Fain Road
Turn left onto Hwy 89A (Toward Prescott)
Hwy 89A turns into Pioneer Parkway
Go through the light at Hwy 89
Turn left at the second stoplight (Willow Creek Rd)
Turn left at the first stoplight (Heritage Park Rd)
Turn right into the first driveway

Members: FREE
Seniors: $7 (ages 65 and over)
Adults: $8 (ages over 13)
Children: $5 (ages 3 to 12)
Infants: FREE (ages under 3)
Group Rates (with 20 or more paying admission):
Adults: $7
Children: $4

Places to Stay and Accommodations.
If you plan an extended overnight stay in the Prescott area, see Prescott Hotels.

Restaurants – Night Life.
Prescott offers dining for every unique taste and style, great food, great views and great flavors! Check out Prescott Restaurants. There are so many things to do in Prescott that the real difficulty will be deciding what to do first. Entertainment in one of the top Prescott, AZ activities including live music, theater and community events. Check out Prescott Night Life here. For other things to do while your are in Prescott, AZ check out Prescott What To Do here.

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