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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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Learn about the Chihuahuan desert

Really loved the exhibits.Learned a lot about the area,s for fauna and flora. Enjoyed seeing the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Pipestone, Minnesota
via mobile
Excellent place to spend a few hours

It was too late in the day to drive to the caverns so we decided to go to this park. It is fairly... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Las Vegas, Nevada
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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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  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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1504 Miehls Dr, Carlsbad, NM 88220-3057
+1 575-887-5516
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Really loved the exhibits.Learned a lot about the area,s for fauna and flora. Enjoyed seeing the animals. However it was incredibly hot and I would recommend going when it was cooler.The temperatures were above 95.can't blame the animals for hiding.Many very interesting exhibits, for example...More

Thank Retiredfarrier
Reviewed 3 days ago

It was too late in the day to drive to the caverns so we decided to go to this park. It is fairly small with animals native to the desert and Great Plains areas. There are nothing but native plants. the hike is a 1.5...More

Thank MLE0904
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Arrived on a Monday and it was not very crowded. Well laid out gardens and zoo area. It was August so not many desert flowers in bloom but still very interesting. The zoo animals appeared to have room to roam and the map was great...More

Thank E M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are in Carlsbad to visit the Caverns then take a moment to visit this nice place. It has all kinds of desert plants, which I am interested in since it is the only thing I can keep alive. And desert animals. A whole...More

Thank lowemanc
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was looking forward to desert zoo as I loved the concept. Very disappointed. Plants were overrun with weeds. If you want a person to see and appreciate something, it has to be visible. Natural is great but you are also hoping that people can view...More

Thank efloresNY
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Just a little local garden and zoo with some animals. Definitely a great way to spend a few hours while in the area.

Thank Kaytay3000
Reviewed 27 July 2017

This isn't a large Zoo, but it is definitely worth stopping by. They have several animal exhibits and the staff was wonderful. Make sure to go into the succulents room! It is off the path a little bit, but worth the walk through

Thank Debra J
Reviewed 27 July 2017

This is a smaller zoo and we enjoyed our visit despite a few of the exhibits being closed for upgrades. I would almost consider this to be a bit more of a botanical gardens with a small zoo attached. We enjoyed seeing the many varieties...More

1  Thank jehdld
Reviewed 23 July 2017

My husband and I went to the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park on a Friday morning. It took us 1 hour and 45 minutes to tour the zoo. We loved to see the animals in their natural habitat. There were bear, wolves, reptile...More

2  Thank M J
Reviewed 3 July 2017

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

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Douglas J
24 February 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
6 February 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
6 February 2017|
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Response from sasphs | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is