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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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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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Glad we stopped to visit

We saw the sign for the Living Desert on our way thru Carlsbad and glad that we stopped in. For a $5 fee, there was a nice and informative museum area before you went outside to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Kathy R
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Randolph, New York
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Randolph, New York
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118 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We saw the sign for the Living Desert on our way thru Carlsbad and glad that we stopped in. For a $5 fee, there was a nice and informative museum area before you went outside to the Desert Gardens. There was a nice grave/paved path that you followed with nice signage which identified the various types of cactus and plants.... More 

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Rainbow Lake, New York, United States
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209 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our visit to the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens so much, we wish we hadn't arrived so late in the afternoon. Another hour or two would have been appreciated. The cost (we're seniors) was very reasonable. The indoor exhibit was spacious and informative. The gift shop was nicely stocked with relevant materials. But, the real pay-off was the... More 

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Thank Patrick E
Albuquerque
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41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

$5 gets you into a pretty cool zoo ($3 for kids 7 to 12, free for kids under 6) with animals and interpretative signs about plants. I learned a lot and I live in the desert. We saw lots of animals: hawks, eagles, javalina, cute foxes, bears, snakes, wolves, bison, elk, turtles, various birds, mountain lions, and a bobcat. Joyce... More 

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Thank EmmaJaneMichelle
comparativ
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108 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

To be fair, it's a small zoo with largely regional animal population. It's more a living desert with caged animals from the desert region of the US. The service was very friendly. The cages were rather small and I can't speak to that since I'm no zoologist, but I've been to truly disturbing zoos, this is not one of them.... More 

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Thank Rene M
Carlsbad, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've done many hours of community service for The Living Desert Zoo and that's how I know, that this place is genuinely great. The staff are really nice and always full of knowledge. The park is packed full of animals that you would never, ever see in Carlsbad, and the plants are incredible. Growing up in Carlsbad meant going here... More 

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Carlsbad, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Zoo OMG absolutely not. I read signs with animal names on them but no animals. I took my granddaughter and she was so bored and I was embarrassed. It is a good work out if you want to get some exercise, but otherwise you will be disappointed.

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Thank Vickie G
North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

While in Carlsbad, we visited the Living Desert Zoo. My wife and I really enjoyed it. The cost was reasonable. The zoo and botanical gardens displayed plants and animals of the Chihuahuan Desert in their natural habitats. We began by looking around the inside museum which had exhibits about the local Indians. We then went outside. I recommend bringing water... More 

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Safford, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

We really had a great time seeing all the animals. We did not get to the facility till about 3:00. We will go back and give ourselves more time in the future. They have a lot of information to read on different native plants and we did not have time to read everything we wanted. We say about 95% of... More 

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Thank ldr4
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

You will see plants and animals native to this area. There are birds like hawks, owls, eagles, road runners, etc. Mammals like buffalo, elk, wolves, black bear, mountain lions, bob cats, etc. There is a reptile house with many different kinds of snakes. You will see all kinds of cactus, and other plants native to the area desert. There is... More 

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Thank Tom L
Hemphill, Texas
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106 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

Well we went here today with the kids, we all enjoyed it, lots of different cactus, other vegetation. Hood bit of animals to look at, a snake exhibit, they also have a nice gift shop, be ready to get your walk on

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