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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 16 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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Ellensburg, Washington
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Fredericksburg, Texas
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128 reviews 128 reviews
42 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park is a must see when in Carlsbad. Located high on a hill overlooking Carlsbad, the zoo is home to rescue animals and captive breeding programs. The gardens represent the different ecological regions of the Chihuahuan Desert including for example beautiful Parrots from Mexico. One can easily spend a morning or afternoon wandering... More

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Toronto, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The Living Desert is both beautiful and educational, representing many of the different desert vegetations and animals. It is approximately a 1.5 mile walk, so try not to go in the main afternoon sun! There aren't a lot of animals, and the habitats are small compared to some, but the information provided is excellent. Great for families!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Unique and fun family adventure! We will definitely visit again if we come back this way. The people working are friendly and helpful. The scenery is beautiful. Fun animals for a small zoo. Zoo takes pride in helping species and has a very talented bear. Not your typical commercialized zoo. Great price for an hour or two of fun.

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