Welcome from the
Friends of the Living Desert

This site is matained by the Friends of the Living Desert, a non-profit organization

that provides support for the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park.  

E-mail: friendsoflivingdesert@gmail.com

Phone: 575-887-5516.

Pictures may be used for educational purposes.  

Copyright © Friends of the Living Desert. All rights reserved.

Living Desert Zoo and Garden State Park has been ranked     among the top attractions in Carlsbad, NM, by Trip Advisers.

We are one of the smaller zoos to be part of the AZA because we have met their high standards  for the care of our animals.

About the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Carlsbad, New Mexico

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​                     The Zoo is open every day except  Christmas Day.

Hours:

Summer Hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day)

     8:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Last entrance to Zoo at 3:30 PM

Winter Hours (Labor Day to Memorial Day)

     9:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Last entrance to Zoo at 3:30 PM


Admission:

Adult (13 and older)......................................................$5.00

Children (7-12 years)....................................................$3:00

Children (6 and under)..................................................Free

Group Rates (20 or more)...........................................$3.00 

Youth Educational Groups.........................................$  .50  per person (Reservations Appreciated)

Friends of the Living Desert Members..................Free with Membership

AZA members from other zoos who have a reciprocal agreement with our Zoo will receive

free or half price admission.  P lease check with your organization.

We accept Visa, Discover, and Master Cards.


Comfort:

We recommend that in the summer you visit the Zoo as early as possible while it is cooler and

the animals  are more active.  Visitors are encouraged to wear sunscreen, hats, and comfortable shoes.  Although there are drinking fountains in several locations, it is advised that visitors carry water with them.  

We have an electric scooter that can be rented for $5.00.  Wheel chairs and strollers are available free of charge.

 

Pets:

Only service animals are permitted into the Zoo.  We do not have kennels.  Please do not leave your pets in your vehicle especially when it is hot.


Food and Refreshments:

Snack vending machines are located in the Visitor Center.  Zoo visitors may use the picnic tables near the Visitor Center.  School groups that are planning to eat at our Zoo should reserve the tables.  Many restaurants  are located minutes away in Carlsbad.  


Smoking:

Smoking is not permitted in any part of the Park.