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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

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Address: 1504 Miehls Dr, Carlsbad, NM 88220-3057
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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Good place to get out and stretch your legs while learning a few things...

I was in Carlsbad NM and saw the sign for Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park. Easy accessibility right off the highway. Entry cost was $5. The park has a 1.3 mile self... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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San Antonio, Texas
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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was in Carlsbad NM and saw the sign for Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park. Easy accessibility right off the highway. Entry cost was $5. The park has a 1.3 mile self guided walkway which took me about 1 1/2 hours to complete (taking time to read the signs and view the animals). The park has exhibits consisting... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice walk through the desert! All animals are rescued from what I understand! They do a moonlit walk also, which is really cool!! So many stars!! Great way to get out of the hustle and bustle! If passing through Carlsbad get out and stretch your legs!! If you're a local get out and enjoy the nature!

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Thank Dawn F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved the little lady who greets you at the entrance . Was nice, clean and interactive. Loved all the horticultural and native animal facts you can read about along the way. Super affordable. Nice views.

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Thank Brianna B
Carlsbad, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While this zoo and gardens state park isn't large, by zoo standards, it is a delightful experience. We went about 10 AM, trying to beat the heat. The walk through the various desert habitats was informative and quite beautiful. The animal enclosures were a bit small and one member of our party was disappointed with this. However, the animals appeared... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a good experience there. Friendly staff good cost at 5$ person. Great trails and plenty to see with a lot of information. Great for kids or anyone interested in learning more about the wildlife of carlsbad. Will be coming back soon in the near future

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Thank Cory P
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a small zoo but has a good variety of animals for its size. Also exhibits a wide variety of local plants. Animals we saw included elk, bison, deer, prairie dogs, hawks, snakes, lizards, pronghorns, fish, and turtles among some others. There is also a small indoor exhibit at the entrance detailing American Indian culture and ecological history of the... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Informative afternoon viewing vastly different landscapes, flowers and animals. Children may not be as interested. Prairie dogs were very cute!

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Thank GaRN675
Swan Valley, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was very interesting the kids loved seeing all the different animals and garden life. Should of brought own water because by the time we finished the kids were spent.

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Thank baby8b8
Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed this zoo. However, if you go mid summer, bring an umbrella for shade and water. The walk is mostly level but the last bit is uphill and can wind the elderly or out of shape.

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very affordable attraction but we visited in August so it was a HOT walk through the exhibits. I think that many animals were not visible just to keep cool, but we did see some and it would have been a very nice walk had it been about 30 degrees cooler. That being said, they allowed us to bring our own... More 

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