Skip to Main Content

Carlsbad, New Mexico: Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Mostly outdoor attraction focuses on local plants and animals. Bring a hat and water if you visit in the summer any time after 10 AM; temps can exceed 100 degrees.

1504 Skyline Drive, Carlsbad, NM
Northwest edge of town. From US-285 turn west (no stoplight) onto Skyline Drive. Drive a little over one mile. Entrance on the left.
Daily 9-3:30 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $5.
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Reports and tips from visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.


Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Incredibly inexpensive attraction with unusual zoo animals, such as birds of prey, Mexican wolves, a bobcat, and javelina. Also has a beautiful and soothing walk-through aviary. Shows off many amazing features of the desert biome. Greenhouse of succulent plants from around the world. Buy a small cactus to take home!

[Hattie Quinn, 03/31/2023]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Carlsbad Caverns Discovered - StatueCarlsbad Caverns Discovered - Statue, Carlsbad, NM - 3 mi.
Apache Canyon Trading PostApache Canyon Trading Post, Whites City, NM - 19 mi.
Ten-Foot-Tall Green AliensTen-Foot-Tall Green Aliens, Whites City, NM - 19 mi.
In the region:
Project Gnome Atomic Explosion Site, Loving, NM - 27 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Create Your Own Bizarre Road Trips! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

New Mexico Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum, Gibsland, Louisiana (May 20-26, 2024)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings