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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

1504 Miehls Drive N., Carlsbad, NM 88220
575-887-5516
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Ranked #2 of 19 attractions in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Zoos, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Overlooking the Pecos River Valley, this fascinating park exhibits the varied plant and animal life of the arid Chihuahuan Desert region. Visitors can... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Rochester, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

This small zoo and gardens has a very nice visitors' center and well-kept exhibits. It is very educational. It was a pleasant surprise and would be a perfect attraction for families with children.

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OAKLAND
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

When we visited, quite a few of the animal exhibits were closed. The Living Desert has a few vantage points in order to see the valley below.I enjoyed the plant exhibit even out was like a sauna in the greenhouse. It was ok since we didn't have anything else to do.

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Twin CIties, MN
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We enjoy going to the Living Desert Zoo when we are in Carlsbad. It allows our kids the opportunity to see animals that they don't see at other zoos. We recommend going later in the afternoon. The animals are fed before closing time and they are all very active.

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Carlsbad, New Mexico
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This is a nice place to take your family. They have animals as well as many desert plants. They have made renovations to update it so I am sure it is even better.

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Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
24 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

It is a well planned out walking area with lots of interesting flora.So if you want an interesting walk with great stroller paths this is a good choice.The animal sections were not quite as interesting.I saw one snake,No rattlers were out.The birds of prey seemed sad the way they were in the cages.I would say that probably twenty percent of... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

We really enjoyed this little gem in the dessert. The kids liked this trip and I was impressed there was so much to see. We were entertained and spent several hours watching the animals and the activities and educational information in the reception area. Nice little gift shop with lots of things to take home including gems, jewlery, rocks, books... More

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Fair Play, South Carolina
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62 reviews 62 reviews
36 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

A great little zoo just outside of Carlsbad. Although many of the exhibits were under renovation there was still plenty to see. Worth the stop.

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Glendale, Arizona
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Well thought out enclosures. Staff very helpful and knowledgeable. Fun place the spend the afternoon.

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Jemez Springs, New Mexico
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Easy to walk around with the kids and see some cool native plants and animals. The gift shop was great with lots of unique things.

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Top Contributor
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16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Cute small little zoo on a hilltop. The cost was minimal, at the time $5. Not all the exhibits are open but what you do see is nice. The zoo length is 1.3 miles around and is adequate for individuals who need wheelchair accessibility. They do have a restroom along the trail, if needed, and some shade. I appreciate the... More

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