Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, Carlsbad

#1 of 11 in Things to do in 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 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.
Use our Carlsbad holiday planning site to add Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park and other attractions to your Carlsbad vacation plans.
Create an itinerary including Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
500 reviews
  • This indoor and outdoor museum and zoo has a lot to take in and will probably consume the greater part of a day ( we rushed through in 4 hrs and had to leave because it was closing).  more »
  • If you have the time, you should go. But probably should go as soon as it opens to see the animals. I'm guessing that the hotter it gets, the less active they are. We enjoyed our walk through the zoo ...  more »

Plan your trip to Carlsbad

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Carlsbad

Duration: 2​h
Duration: 2​h
Duration: 2​h
Duration: 2​h