Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

1504 Miehls Dr, Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220 USA

Closed Now
Opens Sun 9a

This native wildlife zoo, accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, exhibits more than 40 species of animals and hundreds of species of plants native to the Chihuahuan Desert. The park provides an up-close experience for visitors, with a variety of fun interpretive programs for every season geared for the entire family. Living Desert also has beautiful hiking trails, picnic areas and group facilities. There is no camping and no pets are allowed. 

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Reviewed by
Kevin Wenrick

  • Road Warrior
  • 28 Reviews
  • 26 Helpful
October 05, 2014
Rated 5.0

This was fabulous and turned out to be one of the highlights of our 2 week RV road trip. I'm not sure which I enjoyed the most, the museum, the plants, learning about the desert or seeing the wildlife that lives in the desert. We will gladly make the 8 hour trip back to Carlsbad with our grand kids to share this with them.

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Reviewed by
Kallie

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  • 13 Reviews
  • 22 Helpful
June 26, 2013

loved this place. the animals were great to see and the indoor "kids museum" style learning centers were neat. different kinds of antlers. making footprints in the sand. Did this instead of the cave since I was worried about how much time the cave might take and this was more self paced and much cheaper :)

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Reviewed by
betahack

  • 12 Reviews
  • 13 Helpful
January 30, 2013

Great place to stop and take a load off while you are driving through. Next time i'll spend more time there.

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Reviewed by
Jorge

  • 23 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
December 19, 2016
Rated 5.0

stopped on the way to ruidoso... great way to take a break and check out some great exhibits

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  • 6 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
August 11, 2016
Rated 5.0

The prairie dogs are so alive!! They've a bear that paints too!! This was super super dooper fun fun fun time as swell!! Believe It!! Go! Vroom! Off we goo!!! XD

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Reviewed by
DuaneBaker

  • 5 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
May 09, 2015
Rated 4.0

I visited this park while waiting for some repairs to my RV. I am glad I did. Although it was midday and the large mammals were hiding in the cooler areas, the vegetation, flowers and ambience was a welcome respite from the downtime of waiting for RV repairs.

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Reviewed by
sabrinafannin

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  • 0 Helpful
March 19, 2015
Rated 5.0

I volunteer here frequently with school and such, and the people here are always lovely and happy to help anyone. They do a summer program with kids, Zoo Camp and despite waking up at eight am every morning for two weeks, I had a blast walking the park every day. I recommend this week long, five hour a day program, to all parents. I grew up going to the park every year and it doesn't disappoint. Highly recommend.

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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

1504 Miehls Dr
Carlsbad, New Mexico
88220 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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