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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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Though some of the exhibits were a little tired, this park is a lot of fun and a great way to become acquainted with the flora and fauna of the local desert.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Carlsbad, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

I have been here twice in a month. Relocating to Carlsbad, and wanted to learn the flora and fauna, and I desperately wanted to see a Mexican Wolf. This park is very clean and informative, went early morning both days. Met the wolf, bear, cougar, et al. Fauna goes from cacti to juniper. They even have full moon visiting. Moving... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

You can't get any better or cheaper than this place. It costs $5 for adults to get in. You will have a good chance seeing animals close up at this place than most zoos. The visitor center has the history of the geological makeup of the Carlsbad area. You will see many different animals that are from the desert region.... More 

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Very fun place to visit for anyone who appreciates desert life. The garden section is truly exceptional--especially if you can catch it in bloom.

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Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Though some of the exhibits were a little tired, this park is a lot of fun and a great way to become acquainted with the flora and fauna of the local desert.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Keeping raptors in small enclosures, or even large ones, seems phenomenally cruel. I saw a raven on the ground in its enclosure, banging its beak against a branch, and figured maybe it's there because it has a permanently broken wing or something. But then I saw a golden eagle in a similar enclosure. And then a bald eagle. I'm fine... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

It was unbelievably hot the day we went but worth it. Many varieties of cacti & succulents. Mini-zoo included Road Runners and wild boar.

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Austin, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Since it was rated #1 we decided we should make the stop. Very well laid out. Mix of animals and plants. I def suggest if going in the summer to go in the morning hours. There are quite a few shady areas but it is quite warm. We enjoyed it and glad we went. Side note: I think the caverns... More 

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Killeen, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Our biggest mistake was not going early in the morning or allowing time to stroll. We really enjoyed taking our kids ages 17,12 & 7 here, as its very family orientated. this is not a high, glitzy zoo, rather a take your time, educational experience. I honestly had no idea there were that many different types of cacti! The only... More 

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Dallas, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Very nice desert garden and spectacular cacti and other vegetation. Animals not always visible, but this is ok and is a good visit anyway. Nice water features. Great views of Carlsbad and surroundings from the hill they are on. Worth supporting with your entry fee.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This is one of my favorite places. It's not an extremely rich zoo stuffed with exotic animals, it is an educational experience regarding life in the desert. It does not limit itself to animals... the winding paths take you through different terrain features, outline different plants, and look at different animals to include those which operate at night. I've loved... More 

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