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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

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Address: 1504 Miehls Dr, Carlsbad, NM 88220-3057
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+1 575-887-5516
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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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 diversion between trips to the caverns

We were surprised to find this place during our trip to Carlsbad to visit the caverns. One morning we had some extra time so we decided to visit the Living Desert and Zoo. It is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
nealf470
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Arcadia, United States
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Illinois
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66 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had been to the Guadaloupe Mtns. in the morning and had some open time in the afternoon, so we chose to visit this state park. For a fee of $5/ each, we spent 90 minutes walking through the grounds and enjoying all the animal life. A truly enjoyable experience!

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Fullerton, California
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely visitors center with wonderful displays inside and out. A good addition to our Carlsbad Caverns trip about 30 miles north.

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Thank kikip11
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the living desert numerous times while living in Carlsbad and always visited whenever out of state visitors came to town. Being from the east coast, the plants and animals are in natural settings and helped familiarize us with the "critters". And the gift shop is a great place to shop for unique gifts for friends and family. And a... More 

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Arcadia, United States
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6 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were surprised to find this place during our trip to Carlsbad to visit the caverns. One morning we had some extra time so we decided to visit the Living Desert and Zoo. It is a nice combination of a botanical garden and a zoo. We went in the early morning before the temperatures rose. In addition to the gardens... More 

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Cedar Crest, New Mexico
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66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Let's face it: there isn't much to do in Carlsbad after the caverns. If you're stuck there for a half day or more and need to kill some time, give this zoo a try. It will take about an hour to see it, perhaps a bit more. There are some large animals, such as elk, bison, and mountain lion, as... More 

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice little excursion while in the area. Very reasonable prices, $5 adults, $3 children over 6. Nice displays of animals and plants. Fun gift shop with quirky southwest items. Our young children enjoyed it and learned a lot.

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Virginia
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50 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The zoo gives a good sampling of the animal and plant life of the desert. This was especially helpful to our grandson who had never been in that part of the world. Some of the exhibits were empty, but we saw enough to make it well worth our time and the entrance fee.

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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went with my husband and 12 year old son. The zoo is close and easy to find. It has wonderful animal exhibits and information about desert flora and fauna. We saw the bear and wolves as well as the mountain lions. It was a beautiful walk - be sure to see the cactus greenhouse if you can stand the... More 

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Thank Heather M
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3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My 17 and 15 year old had a blast and I did as well. It was just wonderful. Great place to spend the day with a picnic and games even rest. We will come back.

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Thank Dyanne J
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131 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Depressing zoo. 😕 Enclosures were small and seemed to lack any enrichment opportunities. Lots of closed exhibits. I did notice they were last accredited 5? years ago. I was disappointed.

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