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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.

Address:
1504 Skyline Drive, Carlsbad, NM
Directions:
Northwest edge of town. From US-285 turn west (no stoplight) onto Skyline Drive. Drive a little over one mile. Entrance on the left.
Hours:
Daily 9-3:30 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
575-887-5516
Admission:
Adults $5.
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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]

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