Spring has sprung and the baby animals at Cross E Ranch are here! Most years, this would be the time to go and snuggle with bunnies and romp with kids–the baby goats and your own kids. Obviously, we can’t do that this year. However, Cross E Ranch has worked with the Salt Lake County Health Department to create a safe and fun way to see the baby animals: the Baby Animal Drive Thru Festival!
Visit the Baby Animal Drive Thru Festival
Cross E Ranch has created a Baby Animal Drive Thru Festival, letting you visit the animals from your own car. First, you purchase your tickets online in advance. It’s $12.95 for one car, or $34.95 for a season pass so you can visit the babies all through April. Hours in April are Monday through Friday 3:00 pm-7:30 pm and Saturday 9:00 am-7:30 pm, with the last cars being admitted at 7:00 pm. When you arrive, just hold up your order number from your ticket in your window. You don’t even need to open your window! Just follow the signs and drive considerately.
Wondering who you’ll see?
- Goat Kids
- There is a Baby Mini Donkey due any day now!
The big animals are here to visit, too. Goats, cows, alpacas, llamas, chickens, horses, and others. Cross E Ranch has provided an audio tour for you to listen to in your car, telling about the ranch and the animals.
Do’s and Don’ts for the Festival
We talked to ranch co-owner Dalon, who recommended coming after 5:30 pm or on weekdays for lighter crowds. He also said that animals will be more active and present on sunny days. Here are some other some do’s and don’ts for the baby animal drive thru:
- Do: Use the restroom before you come and bring snacks/water to enjoy in your car.
- Do: Buy tickets in advance and bring your order number. Tickets are not for sale at the ranch.
- Don’t: Get out of your car. No one is allowed to exit their vehicles, pet, or feed the animals.
- Don’t: Visit if you’re experiencing any illness symptoms. Even in your own car.
- Don’t: Come in an oversized vehicle. Only cars, SUVs, and regular trucks are allowed. No RVs.
Come visit, stay safe, and enjoy some fresh air with the animals! Feeling hungry? Here are local restaurants offering curbside service for your drive back home.