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LIVING DESERT STATE PARK
LIVING DESERT STATE PARK
P.O. Box 100
Carlsbad, New Mexico   88221

Phone: 575-885-4476
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Living Desert State Park
'Elk'
© copyright Ted Gorczyca

Taken at the Living Desert State Park

Living Desert State Park

Living Desert State Park

Living Desert State Park

Living Desert State Park

Living Desert State Park

Living Desert State Park
'Pairie Dog Pups'
© copyright Ted Gorczyca

Taken at the Living Desert In Carlsbad

Living Desert State Park

Living Desert State Park

Living Desert State Park
'Bobcat'
© copyright Ted Gorczyca

Taken at the Living Desert State Park

Living Desert State Park
'Cactus'
© copyright Ted Gorczyca

Taken at the Living Desert State Park

Living Desert State Park

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Living Desert State Park

Dedicated to the interpretation of the Chihuahuan Desert, Living Desert State Park is an indoor/outdoor living museum displaying more than 40 native animal species and hundreds of succulents from around the world. While on the 1.3 mile self-guided tour, which takes approximately 1.5 hours, visitors will discover sand dunes and mountainous areas, where pinon and juniper trees contrast with the desert floor below.
Events
January 8 - May 6
PreSchool StoryTime
Every Friday th
January 8 - May 6
PreSchool StoryTime
Every Friday that school is in session: Songs, a story, short walk through park and crafts. There is no fee for activities in the Visitor Center, but regular entrance fees apply to enter the zoo.

Fees: Regular Entrance Fee

Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516

February 4 - March 24
Docent Training
Learn about the Chihuahuan Desert and become a volunteer teacher and tour guide. This class begins on Thursday, February 4, and continues for eight consecutive Thursdays. A variety of topics are covered, including geology, plants, reptiles and amphibians, birds, mammals, invertebrates, and interpretation. Bring a sack lunch along. The fee of $35.00 includes a polo shirt, a Docent Manual and a one-year membership to Friends of the Living Desert.

Fees: $35.00

Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516

April 8
Star Party
Look at wonders of the night sky through large telescopes. We will look at the planet Jupiter as well as star clusters and nebulae. There will also be a laser light tour of the winter constellations at 9:00 p.m.

Fees: No fee

Contact: Kathryn Law (575 887-5516

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Area Attractions
Birds to Bison : Inside the walk-through aviary, visitors will see bird species ranging from small songbirds to hawks, eagles, turkeys and owls. Passing visitors also may see a mountain lion and bobcat perched on a rock ledge or peering through the vegetation. Kit fox, badger, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, elk, and bison also make their home at the park.

Never Cry Wolf : One of the park's main highlights are endangered Mexican wolves. Living Desert participates in the American Zoo and Aquarium ssociation?s Mexican gray wolf Species Survival Plan Program, exchanging wolves with other zoological facilities to help insure their survival.

Green House : A visit to Living Desert is not complete without a stop at the greenhouse. Here, hundreds of succulents and cacti from around the world show off their spines and beauty. Small barrel cacti, ocotillo and the majestic saguaro are just a few of the plants on display. Many cacti are also for sale in the Gift Shop.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 10 Great time by Sharla
I had the chance to visit on May 24...My son and I had a wonderful time looking at all the plant life and animals. The price of admission was a refreshing change!!! This is a MUST see on any vacation to the Carlsbad area!!!
July 24 Wonderful by Nedra
My grandson and I were very impressed with this park.
July 6 by Freddie
Had a chance to go there with my GRANDsons and enjoyed it. Just went too late in the day when it was hotter and the animals were hiding in the cool places.


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

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Living Desert State Park
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