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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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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

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Copalis Beach, Washington
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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 NEW

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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44 reviews 44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

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
33 helpful votes 33 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
2 reviews
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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Clearwater, Florida
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106 attraction reviews
187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This state park was done so well. I loved the different desert areas that were shown and explained. Started with red dirt, moved to different terrain. You could really understand all the facets of the desert when you were finished. You will learn there isn't only "one" desert, but many and it is fascinating. Loved the two sets of paired... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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101 reviews 101 reviews
42 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

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
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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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14 reviews 14 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
33 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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