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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
September 26
March for Parks Public Lands Day
Marchers raise money for local park and playground improvements and compete for great prizes. Celebrate Public Lands Day at the Living Desert with raffles, door prizes, information booths, give-aways, solar viewing, and children's activities. There is no fee for Visitor Center activities, but regular admission fees apply to enter the zoo.

Fees: see description

Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516

October 17
Wolf Awareness Day
This annual event features programs and activities about the endangered Mexican Grey Wolf. Living Desert State Park currently exhibits two of these beautiful animals.

Fees: No Fee

Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516

October 24
Music and the Moon
Concert - artist TBA. There is no fee for the concert, but donations for the artist are greatly appreciated.

Fees: No Fee

Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516

October 24
Full Moon Walk
The entrance time is limited to one half hour, but you can stroll through the zoo by the light of the full moon at your own pace. This is a beautiful time to experience the park, and you may even hear our Mexican Grey Wolves howl! This is the last Full Moon Walk until next spring.

Fees: Regular Entrance 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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