Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, Carlsbad

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The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, formerly the Living Desert Zoological and Botanical State Park, is a zoo and botanical garden displaying plants and animals of the Chihuahuan Desert in their native habitats. It is located off U.S. Route 285 at the north edge of Carlsbad, New Mexico, at an elevation of 3200ft atop the Ocotillo Hills overlooking the city and the Pecos River. It is open every day except Christmas.The park has been an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 2002.
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  • This zoo/gardens was so much fun to visit on our honeymoon, My wife and I love succulents and cacti and they have so many varieties here that we had a blast learning about all of them! They even had a...  more »
  • Definitely worth the $5 admission fee but go in the morning as it's about an hour outside walk around the grounds.  more »
  • Be sure to make time to visit. It is worth the few hours you will spend there. You can get a closer look at the desert you normally only admire from the car windows.  more »
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