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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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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Nice park, good use of our time here

The Living Desert is a nicely thought out area, with well-labeled plants native to the area. They've done a really good job of creating a safe environment for some wounded birds... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Ocala, Florida
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Ocala, Florida
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77 reviews 77 reviews
29 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

The Living Desert is a nicely thought out area, with well-labeled plants native to the area. They've done a really good job of creating a safe environment for some wounded birds, and a handful of animals that, for one reason or another, can't live out in the wild now. Everything was clean and in good repair. There's a nice building... More 

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Parker, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

The employees were extremely nice and yes, there are free strollers to use while at the zoo. Admission was reasonable. We didn't see too many animals, though. We went in the morning hoping they'd be more active, but many were hiding. It took us under an hour to get through the whole thing.

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

As soon as you get to the living desert museum, there are strollers waiting for you to use...FREE. The staff are pleasant and informative. My daughter and granddaughter were able to see EVERY animal except for the Bear. The havelinas were out, elk, prairie dogs, all 4 tortoises, wolf...it was amazing!!! The weather was perfect and we had the best... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Went with our 9 yo. Had a great time. The path was lovely, plants and signs were great. Mentioned desert adaptations and human uses. Lovely location, views, great price. Local animals were fun to see.

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Humble
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The Visitor's Center has great educational displays, and hands-on exhibits. Some of the animals of the Chihuahuan Desert,, like the javelina are not usually seen in a zoo. This zoo also has animals on the Endangered Species List, like the Mexican Gray Wolf, and the Bolson Tortoise. The new Reptile House is awesome and the Greenhouse is not to be... More 

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Rolla, Missouri
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Be prepared to walk. LOTS of plants. Some cool animals. Many were not out moving when I was there. Staff very friendly! Worth the stop. Best part only 5 dollars. They also have a decent gift shop. Plus you get to see Carlsbad from above!

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Tucson, Arizona
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Stopped by after reading the reviews here. I was in Carlsbad on business and had a couple of free hours in the afternoon. I'm a sucker for penny smashers and like gardens, zoos, and the outdoors. The park exceeded my expectations. They did a great job with signage and the layout is nice. If you are the type who enjoys... More 

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Burleson, Texas
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166 reviews 166 reviews
94 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Felt a little like Jurassic Park here for a bit. Either some of the animals were really camoflauged, or they weren't in there cages, or they found a really cleaver hiding spot out of view. Many of the animals we never saw. There could have been just an empy cage for all we knew. Wolf?, nope. Coyote? nope. Bear? nope.... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews 39 reviews
28 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Beautiful scenery. Nice walking zoo. Small but very nice. The people working there are very kind and helpful

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Litchfield, Illinois
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51 reviews 51 reviews
10 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

There were 6 of us, age 2 to 60. We all loved it. Signage and brochure provided made it easy to find our way around. Started in visitor center with hands on activities for children. Many varieties of cactus and other desert vegetation, plus reptiles, mammals, and birds. We spent 3 hours on the 1.3 mile walking tour and the... More 

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