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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

Address: 1504 Miehls Drive N., Carlsbad, NM 88220
Phone Number: 575-887-5516
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Zoos & Aquariums
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Overlooking the Pecos River Valley, this fascinating park exhibits the varied plant and animal life...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Zoos & Aquariums
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

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
88 helpful votes 88 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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14 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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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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Stonewall, Louisiana
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We visited Carlsbad Caverns on Christmas Eve, and decided to stop at this zoo on our way back to our hotel. We were staying about 3 hours drive from Carlsbad, so this was the only chance we'd get to see the zoo. They stop admitting guests at 3:30, and we rushed to try to make it in time - we... More 

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised at the beauty of this attraction. The animals were fun to see, but the cactus and other plants were the main attraction, in my opinion. The price is very low. Take the time to go see it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Prices are extremely fair, employees are kind and helpful and both the museum-like entrance and the zoo itself are clean, interesting, educational and peaceful! I thought it would have been a limited zoo but it had a lot of animals for us to see! This was a wonderful outing! Prices at the gift shop were also affordable and the very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We went to the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park after our visit to the caverns. We had two ~10 year old kids in our group - and they were done with underground after 5 hours there. We were at the State Park ~90 minutes before closing and they had blast there exploring how plants and animals deal with... More 

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