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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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Wife and I found this attraction only after we stopped for overnight in the area. We really enjoyed our visit, even though it was winter time and was cold and certainly off... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Westminster, Colorado
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Westminster, Colorado
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wife and I found this attraction only after we stopped for overnight in the area. We really enjoyed our visit, even though it was winter time and was cold and certainly off season. Well worth the time to see.

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Carlsbad, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

December 28th not the best day to see the Zoo at its best, but a good botanical garden/zoo. Some of the animals will make you sad, but most are there because they were maimed in the wild. A nice 1-hour outing, good for kids

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed this little trip to the gardens and mini zoo. It is a walking tour . The staff is very nice and the place is clean. There is a beautiful view from the top. Nice.

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Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While in Carlsbad we were searching for something else to do after the cavern. We noticed a sign for the zoo and thought we would try it ... We really enjoyed the zoo, the animals and the plant life. Loved how they identified the plant life, gave a little history and where you find the plants. They had elk, bison,... More 

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Thank sasphs
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37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 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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Taft
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 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 16 November 2016 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 6 November 2016 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 3 November 2016

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 2 November 2016

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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