Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park

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Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park

New Mexico

(575) 887-5516

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Come explore the Living Desert Zoo Gardens State Park. This indoor and outdoor living museum displays more than 40 native animal species and hundreds of succulent plants from around the world. A short self-guided tour helps visitors discover many faces of the Chihuahuan Desert, from sand dunes and pygmy forest to the desert floor. Walking through the aviary, you will see birds of all kinds from small songbirds to hawks, eagles, turkeys and owls, swooping and singing. Passing visitors may also see a mountain lion or bobcat perched on a rock ledge or peering through the vegetation. Kit fox, badger, mule deer, pronghorn, elk, and bison also make their homes at the park. And don't miss the popular endangered gray wolves!

Map of Living Desert Zoo & Gardens (NM)

Latitude, Longitude: 32.441169, -104.279308



Summer temperatures typically range from lows in the mid 60s to highs in the mid 90s. Winter temperatures drop to lows in the upper 20s to highs in the lower 60s. Visitors are encouraged to visit the park in the cooler morning hours when the animals are typically more active.



Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park is on the northwest edge of Carlsbad, off of US 285.

Phone Numbers


(575) 887-5516