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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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The Thriving Desert

Go early in the a.m, have water and bring sunscreen. This is a paved path hike, that is over a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Tami V
Denver, Colorado
Nice visit before Carlsbad

Since we arrived in Carlsbad in afternoon (too late for Caverns), we checked out the Living Desert... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ron K
San Antonio, Texas
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1504 Miehls Dr, Carlsbad, NM 88220-3057
+1 575-887-5516
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Go early in the a.m, have water and bring sunscreen. This is a paved path hike, that is over a mile to look at different vegetation and animals that live in the desert. What I really like is that the majority of the animals in...More

Thank Tami V
Reviewed 1 week ago

Since we arrived in Carlsbad in afternoon (too late for Caverns), we checked out the Living Desert State Park. Overall a very good place to learn about the desert animals and plants. There is an inside visitor center that has some exhibits but most of...More

Thank Ron K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great attraction for people with kids! My stepson really enjoyed the foxes, pumas, and the owl. They hade an indoor center as well. This was a very nice way to end the day after the Caverns.

Thank Rambler541
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent the afternoon here and had a nice time. The information center is beautiful and full of information. It has a gift shop and a small vending area. Take water when you get ready to walk thru the exhibits. It is a beautiful walk through...More

Thank Janelle H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

At $5, you can't beat it for seeing some of the local flora and fauna. Nothing spectacular but interesting.

Thank DYK640
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even though they had some exhibits closed for renovations or repairs, the experience was well worth the low admission price. The array of plants gave us a great idea of what was part of the native flora. We got to see many insects and lizards...More

Thank Mayra G
Reviewed 21 April 2017

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...More

Thank Tom T
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

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

Thank kikip11
Reviewed 11 April 2017 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...More

Thank BB B
Reviewed 10 April 2017

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....More

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Douglas J
are their any places close to there I can camp in a tent.Dont need anything except a legal place to slept
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
Handicapped acses?
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
Is the walking trail passable for a powered wheelchair?
6 February 2017|
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Response from sasphs | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is