Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, Carlsbad

(3.9/5 based on 360+ 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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  • Wife and I found this attraction only after we stopped for overnight in the area. We really enjoyed our visit, even though it was winter time and was cold and certainly off season. Well worth the time...  more »
  • December 28th not the best day to see the Zoo at its best, but a good botanical garden/zoo. Some of the animals will make you sad, but most are there because they were maimed in the wild. A nice 1-hou...  more »
  • We enjoyed this little trip to the gardens and mini zoo. It is a walking tour . The staff is very nice and the place is clean. There is a beautiful view from the top. Nice.