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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 19 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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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Amarillo, Texas
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15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Don't come to this place thinking you are going to see a bunch of animals. Maybe after they get all of the renovations done, there will be quite a few, but there's not that many at present. There was supposed to be a bear and wolves but we didn't see them. We saw lots of reptiles, some deer, elk, a... More

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This was a nice stop with kids. Not too big. Worth seeing. I don't think I've ever seen a bald eagle before and it was pretty close. The wolves came close to the edges so we could see them up close. We were there about mid morning and it was already getting hit so some of the animals were hiding... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This small zoo and gardens has a very nice visitors' center and well-kept exhibits. It is very educational. It was a pleasant surprise and would be a perfect attraction for families with children.

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OAKLAND
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15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

When we visited, quite a few of the animal exhibits were closed. The Living Desert has a few vantage points in order to see the valley below.I enjoyed the plant exhibit even out was like a sauna in the greenhouse. It was ok since we didn't have anything else to do.

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Twin CIties, MN
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We enjoy going to the Living Desert Zoo when we are in Carlsbad. It allows our kids the opportunity to see animals that they don't see at other zoos. We recommend going later in the afternoon. The animals are fed before closing time and they are all very active.

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Carlsbad, New Mexico
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This is a nice place to take your family. They have animals as well as many desert plants. They have made renovations to update it so I am sure it is even better.

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Top Contributor
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24 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

It is a well planned out walking area with lots of interesting flora.So if you want an interesting walk with great stroller paths this is a good choice.The animal sections were not quite as interesting.I saw one snake,No rattlers were out.The birds of prey seemed sad the way they were in the cages.I would say that probably twenty percent of... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

We really enjoyed this little gem in the dessert. The kids liked this trip and I was impressed there was so much to see. We were entertained and spent several hours watching the animals and the activities and educational information in the reception area. Nice little gift shop with lots of things to take home including gems, jewlery, rocks, books... More

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Fair Play, South Carolina
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62 reviews 62 reviews
36 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

A great little zoo just outside of Carlsbad. Although many of the exhibits were under renovation there was still plenty to see. Worth the stop.

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