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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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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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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Burleson, Texas
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Burleson, Texas
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166 reviews 166 reviews
94 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 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
24 helpful votes 24 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
35 helpful votes 35 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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San Jose, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

This is one of those under-the-radar NM attractions that doesn't get the credit it deserves. We loved both the zoo and the desert gardens. We're so glad we included this in our Carlsbad trip.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I loved the scenery and the animals are really cool! Although 20% of the animals were hiding... I would also like to say more things because this review isn't long enooooough.

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albuquerque
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66 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Loved this zoo - bio park. Really worth the drive to Carlsbad. Even in December weather we got to see many animals. I could tell that the place was designed by a professional, so both the animals had a great habitat ant still be visible to visitors. They also had a penny souvenir machine.

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United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We visited here in October and the weather was perfect, blue skies, sunny and just the right temperature to enjoy the day! We went on a weekday and only saw 4 other visitors when we were there! We had the place to ourselves to enjoy the beautiful plants and animals. It is a sidewalk path if I remember correctly, which... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

whenever we go to New Mexico, which is very often, we visit here. Never crowded, it is always a fun experience. There are great views and a wonderful variety of plants and animals.

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Northern New Mexico
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17 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We stopped here on the way out of town after the Caverns. This is mostly a rescue zoo and they had some great exhibits with local wildlife in addition to some good information about the environment in the desert Southwest.

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7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Very informative short tour where you can learn a lot about desert ecosystem. Many well described plants and animals. You can see so many native plants in one place. In greenhouse you can see desert plants from other parts of the world. Since my previous visit 10 years ago number of animals has grown.

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