Things to do in Carlsbad New Mexico

The admission prices listed below are for entering the zoo area. The Visitors Center is free and well worth a look if you don't have the time for a walk.

So much to see and do!

        Welcome from the
Friends of the Living Desert

in Carlsbad, New Mexico

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.

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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.  Please 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.