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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

#2 of 22 things to do in Carlsbad Features Animals
1504 Miehls Dr, Carlsbad, NM 88220-3057
+1 575-887-5516
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Fun Day Out

We had a great day exploring the little zoo all the animals were out and it wasn't to chilly. Some... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Long Branch, Texas
Nice if not too hot

This is a nice place to spend a morning or afternoon if it isn't sweltering. It was in the 80's... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Dallas, Texas
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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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  • Very good39%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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1504 Miehls Dr, Carlsbad, NM 88220-3057
+1 575-887-5516
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great day exploring the little zoo all the animals were out and it wasn't to chilly. Some of the water was still frozen in places and the animals were feeling frisky. The layout is really neat and a bit of a walk....More

Thank ashlogo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a nice place to spend a morning or afternoon if it isn't sweltering. It was in the 80's during our visit, so not too bad, but there is a lot of direct sun so just be aware. Eight year old DD was only...More

Thank grouchywif
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice 1+ mile trail. It wasn't brutally hot when we were there, so it was enjoyable. Very informative exhibits inside and outside, especially for people without the knowledge of the regional desert. Lots of exotic animals and birds, most probably previously injured, that have a...More

Thank Outtabounds43
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed my visit,it is small but full of information and lots of cool desert plants and animals to see.

Thank Riverbabe60
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very well put together, well maintained state park. Well worth the visit. We ended up spending 3 hours. Our 7 YO granddaughter loved it. Loved using her new camera with all the plants and animals.

Thank John-Galt-Of-Dallas
Reviewed June 8, 2017

Kids really enjoyed this zoo. We were able to take lots of pictures. It was an easy drive from our hotel.

Thank jpaebpearson
Reviewed June 4, 2017

Very well organized. A nice 1 1/2 H visit. Don't forget to take some water, sunblock, and a hat during the summer. Few shadow spots.

Thank Alexandra C
Reviewed June 2, 2017

Nothing special. A nice walk if you have the time. Seems to be a little neglected but would pass if you have other places to go.

Thank Kelliep777
Reviewed May 30, 2017 via mobile

It was 97 degrees when we went and less than half the animals were out. We learned about the plants but I just wish it was cooler because the walk was long and miserable. The gift shop was well worth the end.

Thank Mswonderful4u
Reviewed May 24, 2017

Go early in the a.m, have water and bring sunscreen. This is a paved path hike, that is over a mile to look at different vegetation and animals that live in the desert. What I really like is that the majority of the animals in...More

Thank Tami V
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Douglas J
February 24, 2017|
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Response from OldeBear | Reviewed this property |
Hi Folks. A good place to camp is Brantley Lake State Park about 7 miles North on US 285. Regards, OldeBear
George H
February 5, 2017|
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Response from Sean M | Reviewed this property |
I do believe they have handicap access. I remember there being a ramp as well as stairs in the information center and along the paths.
George H
February 5, 2017|
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Yes it is