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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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Nice way to start our day!

Decided to stop in at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens on our way to Carlsbad caverns. It's a sweet little walk thru, self guided tour of the Living Desert. They had several... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Robert D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really nicely run New Mexico state park. Go early in morning for best temperatures. Really neat to get to see the variety of Chihuahuan desert flora and fauna. Small gift shop with snacks.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Decided to stop in at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens on our way to Carlsbad caverns. It's a sweet little walk thru, self guided tour of the Living Desert. They had several rescued animals to see like Bald Eagle, Porcupine, Bobcats, Mountain Lion, Bison, Antelope and much more to see as well as the many plants. We had a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The garden walk was nice and very informative. I've seen the animals in the zoo in several other places with nicer enclosures. Interesting visitor center.

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Elgin, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We looked forward to visiting this park. It is a self guided tour to show case the plants and animals of the of the Northern Chihuahua Desert. As we walked thru we discovered that some of the exhibits no longer had animals. Also, some of the animals had been moved to different exhibits on site due to aggressive behavior between... More 

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Hobbs, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We live here in New Mexico, only 70 miles away from Carlsbad. The Living Desert Zoo is nice because I can take the kids and let them explore and see what the desert looks like without being in the wilderness and then running off. The animals are nice too but if it's too hot, they hide away to keep cool... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great stop after the Carlsbad Caverns on our way out of town. A little warm at 3:30 pm but lots of animals were out and the desert plants were very cool. My husband enjoyed the snakes! I like the Eagles, Hawks and other birds. Nice place to visit!

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Voorheesville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not a zoo so much as a walking tour of the desert. Nicely done, though it's true that you'll want to visit when it's not too hot. When we were there, it was also quite windy, as it's on a bluff. Enjoyed the well-done exhibits and friendly staff.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived early to avoid the heat of the day and to catch the animals before they hid from the heat too. Beautiful entrance and welcome center. Very friendly staff and volunteers. Some of the animal exhibits were closed, but we did get to see a family of bobcats playing. The cactus house was incredible! But go early to avoid... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a walk through "zoo" very nice place. We were hoping to see the turtles hatching again but I guess we were too late in the year.

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

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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