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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

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1504 Miehls Dr, Carlsbad, NM 88220-3057
+1 575-887-5516
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Family Outting

Family outing the day after Christmas 2017. It was an amazing experience for all of the family... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Pam J
Anderson, Tx
Very nice

This was a really nice zoo. Easy walking and nice exhibits. Allow 2-3 hours and you can see pretty... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sublette, Kansas
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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.
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good40%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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1504 Miehls Dr, Carlsbad, NM 88220-3057
1504 Miehls Dr, Carlsbad, NM 88220-3057
+1 575-887-5516
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Family outing the day after Christmas 2017. It was an amazing experience for all of the family. We were able to go at our own pace, see a variety of animals up close & personal. It was very clean, the animals appeared healthy & no...More

Thank Pam J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a really nice zoo. Easy walking and nice exhibits. Allow 2-3 hours and you can see pretty much everything. At $16 for our family of four, it was a good value.

1  Thank jasruth
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent! It had snowed the night before and during the day, so seeing the Desert flora covered in snow was a real rare treat. A very impressive array of desert flora and fauna, including birds & snakes! A bit of a ‘hidden gem’ in Carlsbad,...More

Thank CCMH
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The animals were all pretty active. The mule deer buck was very curious and followed the kids down the fence. The facility was very well-kept and the staff was very friendly.

Thank kwells32
Reviewed November 22, 2017 via mobile

Beautiful. Very inexpensive and so much fun. Amazing plants and walking path. The animals were a huge hit. The staff was nice and super helpful. The views are incredible. Definitely visit this little zoo!

Thank 544pamc
Reviewed October 29, 2017 via mobile

The zoo park was rather small and the exhibits they had werw outdated . The weathered looking ranger? With blondish hair was really rude for no reason. I would skip unless you have nevwr been to a good zoo_/animal exhibit before.

Thank NeedAVacation101
Reviewed October 14, 2017 via mobile

Small, well kept zoo with scenic mountain view overlooking Carlsbad. Trails plentiful with desert vegetation. Animals were for the most part visible, though some cages were empty and undergoing renovation. Prairie dogs were particularly active and pleasant to watch. We also enjoyed seeing the black...More

Thank iwhoamalemon
Reviewed October 10, 2017 via mobile

This is a nice little “zoo/garden.” Most of the animals have roomy habitats. I was glad to hear that some were there because of injury, born in other zoos, or too use to people. The garden is a little weedy, but I guess they are...More

Thank missmartha
Reviewed October 10, 2017

We stopped here for a couple hours while in Carlsbad. The self guided tour introduces you to some of the common plants and animals in the area. They have a small aviary as well as some of the larger animals, and quite a few of...More

Thank kathyvan457
Reviewed October 9, 2017 via mobile

Bigger than it looks. It will take you an hour to two hours to walk through. Staff very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. 5.00 per person and worth it has a cute little gift shop as well.

Thank harmony39
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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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Response from sasphs | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is