3.9
18 votes

Spring River Park & Zoo

1306 East College Boulevard, Roswell, New Mexico 88201 USA

Free
Free to Visit
Open Now
Fri 10a-6:30p
  • Independent
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Outdoor
    Seating
  • No Wifi

“great local park & zoo”

34 acres of parkland with five main zoo areas located on the grounds. These areas include the Capitan Trail featuring native animals; the Children’s Zoo area with child friendly animals for close up viewing; the visitor service area with the concession, miniature train and antique wooden horse carousel; the ranching heritage exhibit and the developing World Safari Exotics area.    Some of the highlights of the Capitan Trail include the River Bottoms Exhibit in which several of our small native animals are showcased against a red clay river bank including foxes, bobcats, and raccoons.  Further along is the wonderful natural Plains exhibit with bison, prairie dogs and burrowing owls. The prairie dog town features about 80 of these fascinating critters descended from a dozen or so animals brought here when the Wool Bowl Stadium was built. The Coyote Country and Wolf Woods each cover 2500 square foot exhibits across from the large paddock where the deer and the antelope play!  The trail culminates in the spacious, naturalistic enclosures of the Mountain Habitat housing mountain lions and black bear.    The Children’s Zoo features a variety of animals that are child friendly including lemurs, birds of prey and a herd of pigmy goats. The ranch area has Texas Longhorns and miniature horses. The replicated ranch house façade has many of the types of plants and flowers our grandmothers planted around the ranch houses at the turn of the century. The World Safari is planned around the existing train track and currently houses South American Llamas.  Unique to our park is the antique wooden horse carousel located in the heart of the park. This rare treasure is one of about a hundred left in the country and features hand carved horses from various artisans and even a few from foreign countries. People come from all over to see the carousel on their travels. The miniature train was added in 1976 to give rides around the park and has become a popular tradition.  The park also features a small lake, covered picnic shelters, an accessible play ground and shade trees for the visitor’s comfort. 

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Reviewed by
Chini Tiongco

  • 211 Reviews
  • 84 Helpful
September 18, 2014
Rated 3.0

Great place to visit for a short trip with family or friends especially with kids. The zoo is small but it was nice. It's actually a zoo that cares for injured and orphaned animals. The staff was friendly and helpful. The tour is very informative and interesting. The animals were really look like being well taken care of. The park has a train and a carousel and the fee is only $.25. So make sure not to miss this place! Admission fee is FREE.

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

Free and very open, spread out zoo! Picnic just outside on the many benches! Nice easy stroll through! Def funs to be hads!! Shi shi shi!!

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Reviewed by
jackie220

  • 4 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
June 12, 2016
Rated 4.0

The park was free. Great place to stop and sketch your legs. The kids loved it! They got to see a wolf, bears, bot cats. There is also a small train ride and carousel. It's only .50 for each one. There's also a playground and a pond. It was good time w the kids!

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Reviewed by
kaktuskerri1

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
October 24, 2015
Rated 4.0

Great place to stop and let kids let off some steam!!! Took a break from travels and walked around zoo and played in park... My little one loved it!!

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Reviewed by
Blaise

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 03, 2015
Rated 3.0

It's a nice small zoo. Quiet and hardly any zoo-goers. The train and carosel were closed and there were alfew animals. I found it was difficult to navigate...

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Spring River Park & Zoo

1306 East College Boulevard
Roswell, New Mexico
88201 USA

Hours

Open now until 6:30 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:30 pm

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  • Independent
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Private Parking
  • Free Parking
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