Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, Carlsbad

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 3,200 feet (980 m) 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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  • My sister and I had some time after visiting Carlsbad one day Guadalupe the next so we went to the desert museum And were quite surprised. Very friendly staff and informative extensive exhibits...  more »
  • My daughter was excited to take the camel ride. But there is no more camel ride, only petting camel. The goat petting was good. We saw goats fighting with each other.  more »

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