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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  • Visited the living desert numerous times while living in Carlsbad and always visited whenever out of state visitors came to town. Being from the east coast, the plants and animals are in natural setti...  more »
  • We were surprised to find this place during our trip to Carlsbad to visit the caverns. One morning we had some extra time so we decided to visit the Living Desert and Zoo. It is a nice combination of ...  more »
  • Let's face it: there isn't much to do in Carlsbad after the caverns. If you're stuck there for a half day or more and need to kill some time, give this zoo a try. It will take about an hour to see it,...  more »