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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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Interesting to visit in addition to the caves!

Inside, there's a good exhibit about native flora and fauna and geology. Outside, it's an easy loop walk, through gardens and a little zoo. These aren't separate areas, they flow... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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87 reviews 87 reviews
37 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Inside, there's a good exhibit about native flora and fauna and geology. Outside, it's an easy loop walk, through gardens and a little zoo. These aren't separate areas, they flow together, so you see so,e desert plants, the. Some animals, then more plants, then more creatures, etc. we spent an hour and a half here, more or less. Glad we... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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207 reviews 207 reviews
96 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We stopped here late one afternoon, but had enough time to visit. Some of the exhibits were empty, so we didn't see as much as we were expecting to. It was enjoyable and not too hot in the spring, but I would guess it would be very hot in the summer. I think it would be a nice place to... More 

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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

My kids and I really enjoyed this zoo. It was not huge so it didn't take us all day to go through it. It was also very clean. We are not from this area so it was a good place to learn about the animals of the desert.

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Carlsbad, New Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The zoo isn't huge. Families on a stroll can walk the entire zoo in about 1-1/2 hours. The birds are not releasable due to injury or other reasons, so living in the zoo is a good alternative. The gift shop isn't overly expensive, but the only refreshments come from a vending machine. The exhibits in the visitor center are interesting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Almost didn't go, but talked myself into it. Very glad I did. It took me a little over 2 hours to walk the entire site. Lots to see, learn and study. I saw and learned about a lot of different animals, reptiles, desert plants and minerals. If you go, take your time. See and learn.

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Seattle
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163 reviews 163 reviews
98 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This park had more to it than we had anticipated. Very interesting -- loved to watch the roadrunners, beautiful birds. Saw mountain lions, Mexican gray wolves and more. All is labeled so as you walk through the areas you can know what you are looking at. It is a long meandering path. And I agree with what someone said, about... More 

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Hobbs, NM
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We have always wanted to go and see this place. It's a nice place for a desert nature walk. We are also collectors of rocks, gems and minerals and their gift shop had lots to choose from. The black bear Maggie is their local "artist". They have her art work for sale and it's quite nice and unique. We bought... More 

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Medford, Oregon
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49 reviews 49 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

A state park that is essentially a small zoo. I think it's less than $10 to get in. I've been at least twice and plan to go again.

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Copalis Beach, Washington
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80 reviews 80 reviews
55 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

There are great animal displays including Mexican gray wolves burrowing owls and more also a area to drive through. There is more you will see them you expect

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Alb
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This State Park is great for all ages, and creates many learning opportunities for children. I was there with 11 year old who really enjoyed the park, observing animals, plants, reading information. Desert ecosystems , plant and animal adaptations are very well presented, many new and interesting facts can be learned there. There is also a very informative Visitor's Center.... More 

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