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Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park

This native wildlife zoo, accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, exhibits more than 40 species of animals and hundreds of species of plants native to the Chihuahuan Desert. The park provides an up-close experience for visitors, with a variety of fun interpretive programs for every season geared for the entire family. Living Desert also has beautiful hiking trails, picnic areas and group facilities. There is no camping and no pets are allowed.

Park Elevation 3,482 ft

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park is open to day use only. The park will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

In Observance of Labor Day, this Park will be open for New Mexico residents only on Monday, September 7, 2020 for day use access during the park hours listed above. Regular park hours of operation will resume accordingly. Please recreate responsibly.

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We are not affiliated or associated with The Living Desert in Palm Desert, California.

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Memorial Day to Labor Day:
Labor Day to Memorial Day:
Last Entry into Zoo is 3:30pm
Gift Shop: 9am-4pm



1504 Miehls Drive N.
Carlsbad, NM 88220



David Heckard
Zoo Director


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