Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park create joyful discovery by connecting people with wildlife and vegetation and inspiring animals and habitats.
Many visitors are surprised to see a shark atop an educational kiosk when they enter the Visitor Center. The kiosk explains the Permian Basin's formation and why this area has so much oil and gas.
A second kiosk discusses the unique adaptations of the Chihuahuan Desert’s plants and animals.
The third kiosk is devoted to the Mescalero Apaches' history and culture, who roamed this area for hundreds of years.
A collection of minerals and fossils from all over the world are displayed in the Visitor Center.
A collection of animal skulls are on display so visitors can determine which animals are predators or prey by viewing eye location and types of teeth.
A touch table provides an opportunity to handle rocks, elk antlers, plant items, insect remains, etc.
Visitors can make footprints of Chihuahuan Desert animals at our sand table.
Guests can experience grinding corn using an ancient mortar (metate) and pestle (mano).
Paintings and bookmarks by our famous painting black bear, Maggie, are sold at the front desk. Proceeds benefit our Zoo.
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park
Update: February 25, 2021
We are now open seven days a week to all visitors.