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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

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Address: 1504 Miehls Drive N., Carlsbad, NM 88220
Phone Number: +1 575-887-5516
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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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Enjoyed our visit to the Living Desert Zoo, beautiful examples of nature for this area. Was disappointed we didn't get to see many of the animals in their environments but did... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I wouldn't call this a zoo they don't have enough animals you have to pay which I don't understand why there is nothing worth seeing here also a long walk for a lot of nothing

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went right after Thanksgiving. Family of 10. Half of exhibits close or animals moved for renovations. Not worth the admission

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Lopatcong, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent most of the day at the caverns, and we're looking for something to do to kill a couple of hours. We went to the Living Desert. While it is interesting, there were quite a few exhibits that were under repair of renovation. It's good to continually improve, but as a paying customer, it's a little disappointing to see... More 

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Preston, Mississippi
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed our visit to the Living Desert Zoo, beautiful examples of nature for this area. Was disappointed we didn't get to see many of the animals in their environments but did enjoy the views of the city and countryside. The cactus with blooms were outstanding. Fairly priced admission and staff friendly and helpful. Would visit again later in the day... More 

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Ransom Canyon, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took three little ones to this zoo. Spent some time inside the building as they have a table of things displayed. The table says "please touch". It was a cooler, overcast day so walking around outside to view the animals was great. They had a reptile exhibit in another building the kids really liked. The porcupine and the bobcats... More 

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Hamden, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went there to get a Bird I.D. one afternoon. They were right on top of it. While we were there, we looked around and found it lovely. Just one thing, the last admission is 3:30 PM

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Carlsbad, Newport Mexico offers a nice stroll through a variety of desert types and offers a chance to see a number of animals from birds and reptiles to wolves, porcupines, and bear. Good for all ages.

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Waldorf, Maryland, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

The zoo and park were great for a 3-4 hour diversion. Laid out well but a little confusing at the cat bear split. A map there would help. As inmost zoos the animals sometimes hide but most were visible. The black bear even came out for us and gave us a little show. The mountain lions were out also. Tip.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

For starters the website links you to the California zoo so we were sadly disappointed when we found out where we were really going. My GPS told me it would take 13hrs and I knew something was wrong. Once I found the correct website (which was not easy) we decided to still go. Myself and 3 kids - 5yo, 3yo... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Very nice park high up looking over Carlsbad. Wonderful views. Some animals were removed until spring of 2017. Still a lovely walk. The bob cats were adorable playing with each other. This park is loaded with information about the plants and animals. Favorite part are the cactus but be prepared the temperature is 120. it's time to raise the roof... More 

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