Carlsbad Caverns National Park Sights

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

  • 1504 Miehls Dr. Map It
  • Carlsbad
  • Zoo/Aquarium
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 09/28/2016

Fodor's Review

More preserve than 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, a walk-through aviary houses birds of prey, and a reptile exhibit. The park also sponsors up to five educational events a month, some of them free. Though there are shaded rest areas, restrooms, and water fountains, in summer it's more comfortable to visit in the morning, before the desert oven heats up. A self-guided tour takes little more than an hour. 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, USA

Map It



Sight Details:

  • $5

Published 09/28/2016


Book A Trip



  • CARS

Map View

What's Nearby

  • Restaurants
  • Sights
  • Hotels

See all sights in Carlsbad Caverns National Park