Get to know the beautiful Chihuahuan Desert first hand at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park. This unique park allows visitors to learn about the plants and animals that inhabit the southwestern Chihuahuan Desert, North America’s largest desert. Not your typical “zoo”, the Living Desert creates an atmosphere of respect and interaction by making […]

1504 Miehls Drive Carlsbad NM 88220 USA
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park
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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

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Get to know the beautiful Chihuahuan Desert first hand at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park. This unique park allows visitors to learn about the plants and animals that inhabit the southwestern Chihuahuan Desert, North America’s largest desert. Not your typical “zoo”, the Living Desert creates an atmosphere of respect and interaction by making many species of both animals and plants accessible. Located at the top of the Ocotillo Hills, the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park offers an expansive view of Carlsbad and the surrounding Pecos River Valley.

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You will be able to walk along the 1.3 mile paved pathway that leads you to many native animals such as Mexican wolves, javelinas, pronghorn, mule deer, bison, and mountain lion. The park also serves as a safe haven for injured and orphaned birds, mammals, and reptiles that can no longer survive in the wild. Familiarize yourself with such southwest plants and trees as piñon, lechuguilla, yucca, and prickly pear. Cacti and succulent plants from around the world are displayed in a special greenhouse.

Inside the Visitor Center there are interactive exhibits, informational displays and an extensive mineral exhibit. Come visit the park and discover the beauty that is the desert. Be sure to visit the Gift Shop for books and nature items as well as southwest souvenirs. There are picnic tables available at the park for a quiet lunch or a break in the shade.

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