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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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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Neat and informative

Since it was rated #1 we decided we should make the stop. Very well laid out. Mix of animals and plants. I def suggest if going in the summer to go in the morning hours. There are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Keeping raptors in small enclosures, or even large ones, seems phenomenally cruel. I saw a raven on the ground in its enclosure, banging its beak against a branch, and figured maybe it's there because it has a permanently broken wing or something. But then I saw a golden eagle in a similar enclosure. And then a bald eagle. I'm fine... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

It was unbelievably hot the day we went but worth it. Many varieties of cacti & succulents. Mini-zoo included Road Runners and wild boar.

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Austin, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Since it was rated #1 we decided we should make the stop. Very well laid out. Mix of animals and plants. I def suggest if going in the summer to go in the morning hours. There are quite a few shady areas but it is quite warm. We enjoyed it and glad we went. Side note: I think the caverns... More 

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Killeen, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Our biggest mistake was not going early in the morning or allowing time to stroll. We really enjoyed taking our kids ages 17,12 & 7 here, as its very family orientated. this is not a high, glitzy zoo, rather a take your time, educational experience. I honestly had no idea there were that many different types of cacti! The only... More 

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Dallas, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Very nice desert garden and spectacular cacti and other vegetation. Animals not always visible, but this is ok and is a good visit anyway. Nice water features. Great views of Carlsbad and surroundings from the hill they are on. Worth supporting with your entry fee.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This is one of my favorite places. It's not an extremely rich zoo stuffed with exotic animals, it is an educational experience regarding life in the desert. It does not limit itself to animals... the winding paths take you through different terrain features, outline different plants, and look at different animals to include those which operate at night. I've loved... More 

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Ruidoso, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 via mobile

We took my 5 year old son and he really enjoyed it. It was hot so not many animals were out but we still had a wonderful time. Cute little gift shop.

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Carlsbad, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

this park is in its natural element. The different plants and the animals. It is awesome how this park is able to keep the animals in their normal wild setting even though these animals can't go back into the wild. The view of the city and of lake Avalon is so beautiful. The gift store offers so much and really... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

The kids and I loved it. We went in the morning to bet the heat. Which turned out to be a smart idea it was windy which made it a lot easier to walk through the zoo. If you are looking to waste some time and learn in the process this is the place to go. All the animals were... More 

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Carlsbad, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 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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