Carlsbad Caverns National Park Sights

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

  • 1504 Miehls Dr. Map It
  • Carlsbad
  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Published 07/22/2015

Fodor's Review

More preserve than a traditional zoo, the park contains impressive plants and animals native to the Chihuahuan Desert. The Desert Arboretum has hundreds of exotic cacti and succulents, and the Living Desert Zoo is home to mountain lions, javelinas, deer, elk, bobcats, bison, and a black bear. Nocturnal exhibits let you view the area's nighttime wildlife, too. Though there are shaded rest areas, restrooms, and water fountains, in summer it's more comfortable to visit in the morning, before the desert heats up. Don't have time to tour the park? The expansive view from its perchlike setting is the best in town.

Sight Information


1504 Miehls Dr., off U.S. 285, Carlsbad, New Mexico, 88220, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $5
  • Late May–early Sept., daily 8–5; early Sept.–late May, daily 9–5; last admission at 3:30

Published 07/22/2015


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