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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

#2 of 22 things to do in Carlsbad Features Animals
1504 Miehls Dr, Carlsbad, NM 88220-3057
+1 575-887-5516
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Was looking forward to desert zoo as I loved the concept. Very disappointed. Plants were overrun... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
via mobile
Cute zoo and garden

Just a little local garden and zoo with some animals. Definitely a great way to spend a few hours... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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1504 Miehls Dr, Carlsbad, NM 88220-3057
+1 575-887-5516
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Reviewed 6 days 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 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 2 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

Thank ashlogo
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

This is a nice place to spend a morning or afternoon if it isn't sweltering. It was in the 80's during our visit, so not too bad, but there is a lot of direct sun so just be aware. Eight year old DD was only...More

Thank grouchywif
Reviewed 24 June 2017

Nice 1+ mile trail. It wasn't brutally hot when we were there, so it was enjoyable. Very informative exhibits inside and outside, especially for people without the knowledge of the regional desert. Lots of exotic animals and birds, most probably previously injured, that have a...More

Thank Outtabounds43
Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

I enjoyed my visit,it is small but full of information and lots of cool desert plants and animals to see.

Thank Riverbabe60
Reviewed 15 June 2017

Very well put together, well maintained state park. Well worth the visit. We ended up spending 3 hours. Our 7 YO granddaughter loved it. Loved using her new camera with all the plants and animals.

Thank John-Galt-Of-Dallas
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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