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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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Exactly what to expect to see in the "wilds" of New Mexico.

Spent a nice (VERY HOT!) morning here with our 6 kids (ages 5 to 15). We saw as much as we could, but felt a little disappointed at the number of empty animal enclosures. It was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Stefanie G
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Michigan
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Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Spent a nice (VERY HOT!) morning here with our 6 kids (ages 5 to 15). We saw as much as we could, but felt a little disappointed at the number of empty animal enclosures. It was informative and everything was well labeled. Found out later that day through a few different hikes, that this Zoo and Gardens does a VERY... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a cool little place! It was very quiet when we went. We went all on our own and just walked the little path to all the different stops. It is set up GREAT. You can tell the animals are well taken care of. This was wonderful. Thank you guys for a great experience.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Living Desert is a must-see zoo in the Chihuahuan Desert. It is just minutes from Carlsbad, NM, and offers an amazing array of animals and plants to see!

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Thank Elizabeth B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is really neat. Not to pricey . had a lot to see. Took us like 35-45 min to go threw. Very neat couple in the gift shop. Recommended to everyone.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

U can see a lot in the visitor center for free. U can also see the same stuff driving to sitting bull falls.

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East Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First visited 27 yrs ago on our honeymoon... now visited it again with our teenagers. The kids weren't sure they would enjoy it (since they are used to "modern" zoos). They LOVED it! A lot of walking, so bring water and pace yourself... but very informative about the desert plant life! The Bald Eagle, Mountain Lions, and Raven were cool...... More 

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Dallas, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First, with the location of this place on top of a very high hill, the view is spectacular. One of the docents told me she could identify a geographic feature she knew to be at least 70 miles away! We arrived at shortly after 8 in the morning while it was still relatively cool. The self guided tour is on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved the gardens and I am not really a fan of animal in cages but it appeared that the animals were well kept. The walk around the park was nice and the staff was friendly.

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Napa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited late one afternoon. We especially liked the bobcat exhibit and watching the prairie dogs. We even saw a real live roadrunner! Got some great pictures too! Admission was only $5... a bargain for a couple of hours entertainment. There was an interesting gift shop too.

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Thank JGTripper
Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great zoo, wonderful attentive staff, made sure I was aware of the heat issues, and even gave my son a ride in their Carts because he was to tired to walk. Perfect outing

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