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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, 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, 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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Montpelier, Vermont
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

So much to learn about the flora and fauna of the southwest, and it's all on display here. Very artfully arranged displays, terrific history, biology, zoology, and botany. My one objection was the small enclosures for some of the large birds like the golden and bald eagles, the buteos, and the raven. As a birder, I think it's important to... More 

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Carlsbad, New Mexico
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
234 helpful votes 234 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Really interesting and informative. We have visited several times throughout the year and there really is not a bad time although be sure to go in the morning in the summer when it's very hot. Staff is very friendly and informative. Great value and really good for kids.

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albuquerque
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We go here every year when we visit and enjoy ourselves every time. It takes a little over 1 hour for us to walk the area and see the animals.

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Las Cruces, NM
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We highly recommend a visit to this well-designed state park in Carlsbad, New Mexico. For families or just adults, the modest entry fee gives you a 2-hour experience well worth the time and money. The visitor center itself is a valuable stop for travelers who might be going to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, which is 27 miles from the town... More 

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Augusta, Georgia, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This place as everything! And even using a walker, I was able to easily navigate the approx one mile trail through the animals and vegetation. The visitors center has informative exhibits. In the gift shop there are stones for sale which geologists coming through the area stop and sell to them. I was pleased to get a nice piece of... More 

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24 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This zoo is set in desert botanical garden. The path meanders around desert vegetation and the views are pretty from this plateau! They have large animals and we also enjoyed the new reptile house. I was really surprised to find this gem in the small town of Carlsbad. My teen and I would definitely stop and visit again.

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We have been to the park several times. The setting is high above the town and looks over the North side at Brantley Lake. We especially enoyed the reptile exhibit and the smell of the desert flowers. Lots of yucca, prickly pear. Recommend going during the mineral show. We saw lots of local minerals and jewelty available and ended up... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We were impressed when we walked in. The welcome center is very nice, with some nice exhibits, which got our hopes up. Once we walked out to the animals though, we realized that the rest of the park was not up to the same standards. Many of the animals were in cages that seem to be too small for them.... More 

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Rome, Italy
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

One of our stops on our mini vacation, last time he was close to 20 yrs ago, and boy had it changed.. Brought our kids, they loved all the different cactus plants.. For the price it's an excellent learning experience... Loved it...

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Farmington, New Mexico
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Bring your pellet gun they have a prairie dog shooting gallery. Just kidding. Cool birds. Elk. Reptiles

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