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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

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Address: 1504 Miehls Drive N., Carlsbad, NM 88220
Phone Number: 575-887-5516
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: Overlooking the Pecos River Valley, this fascinating park exhibits the...
Overlooking the Pecos River Valley, this fascinating park exhibits the varied plant and animal life of the arid Chihuahuan Desert region. Visitors can observe caged animals like snakes, lizards and birds of prey, plus larger animals such as bison and antelope, which are held in pens. Or walk along a nature trail past cacti, agaves, yuccas and other native plant life.
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Weekend getaway

Zoo was nice could use some more native animals and maybe some bats there is a cave full of them close by. A little disappointed didn't get to see the bear

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Zoo was nice could use some more native animals and maybe some bats there is a cave full of them close by. A little disappointed didn't get to see the bear

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Fredericksburg, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

This is the location for the local mineral show every year. Also has large blocks of selenite crystal on display in their gardens from our quarry.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Though the day was very hot ... It was a nice layout. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes. Some cages empty but good variety of animals.

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Copperas Cove, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

They have a lot of exhibits of local wildlife. Make sure you bring water and walking shoes. The animals seem to be well cared for. I think it is worth a visit.

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Seguin, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

The displays are well planned and informative. The animals in captivity seem healthy and well cared for. Some of the aviary cages seem confining for the large birds of prey. Most had large areas and could hide easily therefore we did not see a few..the mule deer and the bobcat were elusive. It was very hot but in the shade... More 

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De Queen, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

It's hot, bring water! Gift shop only charges 50 cents for water plus they sale ice cream! Gardens are gorgeous and views are breathtaking! We didn't get to see the bear or mountain lions,I'm sure they where seeking shelter from the heat! Worth every penny! A must see! Enjoyed our visit very much!

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Tomball, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We were here in 2010, had a great time, loved learning about all the animals and plants native to the area.

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Fort Mill, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

So we missed the entry by one minute the first day which was a real disappointment, but we happened to be traveling by it the following day and stopped in for a quick visit. The gardens and animal exhibits were well done and there was a very friendly older woman selling the tickets who was a pleasure to speak with.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Hot Hot Hot!!! Be sure to take some water, or buy it at the gift shop (its only 50 cents!). The heat can make the walk tough! Lots of great dessert plants. Beautiful view of Carlsbad. Unfortunately we did not get to see a lot of the animals. I guess they were hiding from the heat too! The visitors center... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

A nice two hour diversion at the top of the hills. You get to find out what all the beautiful desert plants are called. Probably 80% desert plants, 20% zoo. Plus an excellent succulents of the world exhibit. Definitely worth the low admission fee ($5). Beware though...the gift shop closes before the park which is odd since you usually do... More 

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Additional Information about Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

Address: Address: 1504 Miehls Drive N., Carlsbad, NM 88220
Phone Number: 575-887-5516
Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Carlsbad
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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