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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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Wonderful trip with grandchildren

Has very nice, educational exhibits. Very hot outdoors in summer; go early, wear hat, sunscreen and take bottled water! There are water fountains along the trail. Be cautious of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Carlsbad, New Mexico
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Carlsbad, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Has very nice, educational exhibits. Very hot outdoors in summer; go early, wear hat, sunscreen and take bottled water! There are water fountains along the trail. Be cautious of rattlesnakes that live free in the desert!

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Carlsbad, New Mexico
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Really loved this and will do it again - the programs they offer and the personnel they hire are sincerely the best. A must see if you are in the area

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Beulah, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

If you are interested in the plants in the Carlsbad area, this is the place to visit. Some of the plants in these gardens are ones we have never seen before. The gardens are beautiful and well maintained. There is not a great variety of animals here but the ones that are on display appear to be healthy. This part... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Yes, this is not the San Diego Zoo. It is a little dated and many of the animals aren't active in the heat, but this is a nice small town zoo. We got our money's worth just laughing at the prairie dogs. It was an enjoyable walk in the desert, lots of examples of desert plants and different ecosystems. Great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Great views, good animals, lots of fun! Wear tennis shoes and wear sunscreen. Less animals out during the heat of the day.

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Carlsbad, New Mexico, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This place is supposed to have animals but we really didn't see any. Also there was trash and broken items throughout the park. There was also several places where the exhibits were closed. Also the lady working the gift shop was so rude. This was a nice walk but if you have children who are expecting to see animals they... More 

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Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We went on a very hot day but were able to see most of the animals. It's a pleasant environment and took us about an hour to walk the entire route. The visitors' center has some interesting displays. Cost was quite reasonable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

My grandkids loved it, I loved that it was also very educational for them. Totally worth seeing if you are in Carlsbad NM.

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Amarillo, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Very informative and fun walk. I must see if you are in the desert. They have an impressive collections of animals not to mention every plant you can think of that can survive here. Easy concrete path to follow

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Be sure to give yourself enough time; we didn't and had to rush the end. Maggie Oso the painting bear was so cool; but we especially loved the prairie dogs and the cats; oh, and the bald eagle. We also enjoyed learning the types of plant life in the area.

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Additional Information about Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

Address: 1504 Miehls Drive N., Carlsbad, NM 88220
Phone Number: 575-887-5516
Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Carlsbad
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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