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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 #1 of 20 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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Chama, New Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

This is a wonderful small zoo to visit. The mountain lions and bobcats are a thrill to see and the playful bear, too. Walking through the aviary is exciting and peaceful at the same time, then trying to spot the fox is so cool. Getting that close to the raptors is better than looking through field glasses for sure, and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

This is one of the best places I've ever experienced! The animals they had were an excelent selection and very happy, healthy and clean! So impressed, most places struggle with that. Their education boards had great information, and i loved the name tag plaques on all the plants! We are all plant enthusiests and learned so much! And their atrium!... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This is a wonderful little place we went to after visiting Carlsbad cavern. My husband didn't really want to go but he also found it a great place to spend 1.5 hours.

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Ellensburg, Washington
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65 reviews 65 reviews
10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Only $5. It's not crowded. Nice displays showing the plants. It's a really pleasant stroll. Some of the animal habitats are a bit small, but the benefit is that you are really close. They have some really great birds, and we were face to face with two cougars (they made some noises communicating to one another that were amazing to... More

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Toledo
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

When I was there a lot of the animals were hiding I guess as they were not to be seen. The aviary had droppings all over the walk way and looked as though it had not been hosed down recently. It was OK for a small zoo, not many animals. Would not recommend to anyone to go out of their... More

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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 via mobile

Great place to spend several hours. Self-directed tour through the plants and animals which inhabit the desert. Cost is $5.00 but worth it.

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New Mexico
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46 reviews 46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

If you like inexpensive zoos, this is your place. Lots of great exhibits of local, native wildlife. The gardens are pretty nice as well. Not expensive. After you stay a day at Carlsbad Caverns, this place is worth a stop.

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Dothan, Alabama
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47 reviews 47 reviews
27 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The state of New Mexico has done a wonderful job of providing a zoo which displays the various eco-zones of the Chihuahua desert. There are excellent reptile, desert plants, mammal, and bird exhibits. My grandchildren and my wife and I loved it. **New reptile and snake house**

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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is a nice little zoo that shows you some of the local flora and fauna. There is an outdoor loop you walk through to see all the exhibits. They have elk, prarie dogs, some birds of prey, some reptiles, bobcats, bears, and a mountain lion.

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Norman, Oklahoma
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The plant exhibits were great! We were disappointed that some of the animal exhibits were closed or being renovated. Even though we arrived mid-morning, several animals were hiding in their caves. If you go, try to get there when the zoo opens..

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