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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

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Address: 1504 Miehls Dr, Carlsbad, NM 88220-3057
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Stumbled across this gem while visiting Carlsbad. It was small but really nice. The big cats were difintely my favorite exhibit.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Vanessa C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Stumbled across this gem while visiting Carlsbad. It was small but really nice. The big cats were difintely my favorite exhibit.

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Thank Vanessa C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place was so much fun. Lots of animals and plant life to see. Lots of learning. My kids had a grand time running around. The only downside was the water fountains throughout the park were down. So bring water while you walk. We forgot our stroller and the park has some you can borrow for the walk. It was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When we think of Carlsbad, NM the first thing that normally comes to mind is Carlsbad Caverns National Park but Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park is an economical addition to your visit to Carlsbad. Adults are $5 and kids less. It's a terrific place for families, but my wife and I two 70+ seniors really enjoyed it and... More 

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fayetteville
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed the zoo, train, and gardens. The aquarium was really small, so it was just something we did since we were there. The best deal is the combo ticket, and we were there all day between the 4 things.

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a diamond in the rough. For a fie dollar donation you learn about the area, the desert, and life in the desert. A great relaxing day and would go back.

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Euless, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The animals were well kept and healthy, the grounds and different exhibits were well done and educational. We learned allot about the dessert plant life and animals. The landscape was beautiful and standing at the top of the hillside where the observatory is was breathtaking. The price for the visit is a super value we felt we should have paid... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This beautiful 1.3 miles trail allow you to see the local wildlife that would be difficult to see otherwise. It also provides information on the flora of the area (we finally know that most plants we have been calling "agave" were not "agave" at all...). We were there 2 hours and enjoyed every minutes of it.

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Thank MonkeysandWine
Carlsbad, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not your normal every day zoo! All animals are there because they cannot live in the wild because of injury, or human attachment. The exhibit areas are exactly like the areas the animals would live in in the wild. All animals are from the Chihuahuan Desert. Beautiful plants and scenery. There's an excellent Gift Shop, Reptile House, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A quiet and peaceful visit. Weather hotting up so glad to be out early rather than late. Bear and wolves hiding from the heat but the mountain cat and bobcat magnificent. A lot of information displayed on the way round and the staff friendly and informative. Good gift shop, restrooms clean, no restaurant but vending machines. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited on a very windy day. There is an indoor space that describes the area, history, nature. Outside there is a small zoo of local animals, also a greenhouse of succulent plants.

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