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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

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Address: 1504 Miehls Drive N., Carlsbad, NM 88220
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+1 575-887-5516
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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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A real surprise

We visited the Living Desert & Zoo during our stay in the Roswell, Carlsbad area. We were pleasantly surprised at how big it was. It had areas for native plants with plenty of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States
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Sosua, Dominican Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was an ok visit to a zoo and gardens. Actually the gardens were much more interesting than the zoo. Lots of good info on the local plant life. The zoo convinced me that I will no longer visit zoos that have any type of enclosures (cages) for the animals, To see wonderful animals of he wild confined to a... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This facility is a must see before hiking in the area. Many of the common local plants are on display and helps to familiarize the traveler with the desert environment.

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Thank Wingsoversiberia
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the Living Desert & Zoo during our stay in the Roswell, Carlsbad area. We were pleasantly surprised at how big it was. It had areas for native plants with plenty of signage for descriptions of plants. The zoo areas were spacious and the animals were visible. This was a wonderful Park to spend a few hours at.

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Thank Glenn S
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had some extra time in Carlsbad so checked this out and were so happy we did. Located on a hilltop with exceptional presentation of desert plants and geographic elements as well as the animals, all accessible in 1+miles of paved trail.

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Gallup, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A nice walk through the different types of areas in the desert. Some of the animals were in hibernation, but we did get to see deer, elk, and mountain lions - they were very active. A prairie dog even popped his head up!

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Westminster, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

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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Thank hughrhine
Carlsbad, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

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 28 December 2016 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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Thank Colton M
Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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