Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, Carlsbad

(3.9/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web)
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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  • A quiet and peaceful visit. Weather hotting up so glad to be out early rather than late. Bear and wolves hiding from the heat but the mountain cat and bobcat magnificent. A lot of information displaye...  more »
  • We visited on a very windy day. There is an indoor space that describes the area, history, nature. Outside there is a small zoo of local animals, also a greenhouse of succulent plants.  more »
  • This was a very relaxing visit to walk around and see all the animals. We especially enjoyed the Mountain lions - they had a larger cat and a smaller cat, what beautiful animals. Several of the animal...  more »