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Visit this unique zoo and gardens state park dedicated exclusively to the Chihuahuan Desert
Reservations are not required.
This website is sponsored by the Friends of the Living Desert, a non-profit organization, that provides educational programs and financial assistance to the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park. The zoo is located in the desert area of Carlsbad, New Mexico.
Living Desert Zoo & Gardens is a zoo with desert animals and vegetation. Overlooking the Pecos River Valley, this fascinating park exhibits the Chihuahuan Desert region's varied plant and animal life.
Visitors can enjoy a 1.3-mile walk along a nature trail to view plants and animals of the Chihuahuan Desert.
Please note, we are not affiliated with the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens located at Palm Desert, California.
This site is paid for by Carlsbad Lodgers Tax.
Pictures may be used for educational purposes without permission.
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park
Update: February 25, 2021
We are now open seven days a week to all visitors.