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 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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  • This was a great, easy desert hike with a bonus of seeing some animals. I wouldn't come here with the main intent to see animals as there were minimal. But good value for money. Our kids - 7 and 5...  more »
  • I enjoyed seeing all the desert plants with their names. The trail is very informative. A lot of the animals were missing. All in all it was a nice place.  more »

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