My 2 girls and i had a wonderful time. It was cool. In reading the other review we thought it would not be worth going to see it but thankfully my better judgement kicked in and we had a blast. Lots of wildlife and amazing scenery (bring your camera...) The staff were AMAZING!!! they were so helpfull with other ideas and info on what else we could do and see in Carlsbad...maps, restaurants and kid friendly ideas. Thank you Zoo staff. Hope this helps you plan your activities! Oh forgot great giftshop!
We love everything about Living Desert. It is a very educational, interesting, and fun place to go. The employees are so helpful and nice and the exhibits are wonderful. We live close, but with don't get away very often, so going to Living Desert is a real treat. We recommend it to others who ask about good places to visit.
I am from Carlsbad and I love the Living Desert. I go from time to time just to take the day off and enjoy myself. I would recommend this park to anyone living in or visiting New Mexico. The staff are always very friendly to me. I even showed up 5 minutes late one day and said to the young man behind the desk, "I'm probably too late aren't I?" He looked at the clock and he said he would let me in. I moved quickly because I knew they were going to close. What a reasonable price too. I plan to go again and again.
I have been to this park many times in my life. This time i was so embarrassed to even have suggested it. I had a dear friend from Australia visiting and we were passing through Carlsbad. She wanted to see what some of the wildlife and plants looked like from this area. I have to admit we got there just a few minutes late. the sign said "last entrance at 3:30" "closes at 5:00". We got there at 3:38. We went in anyway to see if she could take a quick look. we walked in and there was nobody around so we went on through the doors that led to the critters. not long after that we were aproached by a lady that put new meaning to "RUDE"! we explained she was from Australia and all we got was "then bring her back after 9am tomorrow". what would it have hurt to let her go on through for a quick look? After all IT'S JUST A ZOO no matter what you call it.
I am from Australia and was visiting New Mexico. While passing thru Carlsbad my friend told me I had to see the Living Desert. Although the park actually closed at 5.00pm we arrrived at 3.40pm. 10 minutes after the last visitors were allowed entry. We walked in hoping that we would still be allowed thru. There was no one at the door so we walked on thru to the doors leading out to the park. While we were outside a lady approached us and said we were too late and had to leave. We explained that I was from Australia and had to leave Carlsbad the next day. We were hoping to have a look around. She was very rude and told us that we didnt ring the bell when we walked in the front door. We didnt even see a bell. Again we asked if we could look around seeing the park didnt close for another hour or so and we would be very quick. Again she told us to leave and we could not look around any longer. We left very disappointed that I did not get a chance to see any animals or plants that I had been told were there. This woman left a very bad impression on us about the park. She was not appologetic about the fact that we had come all this way and missed out by 10 minutes and did not even try to help us out in any way.
Holiday Inn Express Suites Carlsbad is approximately 30 miles from Carlsbad Caverns, three miles from the Living Desert State Park
and Zoo and New Mexico State University at Carlsbad, and five miles from Carlsbad Civic Center. Carlsbad City Airport ...
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