3706 National Parks Hwy.
Carlsbad, NM 88220
Phone: (575) 887-2861
Fax: (575) 628-3911
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park is home to several animals and plants of the Chihuahuan Desert in their local habitats. A zoo and botanical garden, it is located on U.S. Route 285, Carlsbad, New Mexico at an elevation of 3200 feet (980 meters) on the Ocotillo Hills. The park offers its visitors a glimpse of the flora and fauna. Some of the rare species include cougar, prairie dogs, Gila monster, badger, elk, and so on. There are as many as 14 species of snakes. On the other hand, the aviary features hawks, eagles, turkeys, songbirds and roadrunner, to name a few. A comprehensive zoo, it is of great historic significance to the country.
A little over 150 miles northeast of El Paso, Carlsbad Caverns National Park offers visitors some stunning natural wonders. From enormous stalactites and stalagmites, tough hiking trails, and bats, many, many bats. See website for varying timings, admission and other information.