The Living Desert State Park, just outside Carlsbad NM, is a combination of nature trail and zoo. Stretching for just over a mile, the walkway takes you through an area of natural desert, interspersed with enclosures containing native NM animals. I had a great time.
Here are some photos from a visit.
The walkway winds through desert plants
A layer of gypsum crystal, formed by evaporation of an ancient lake
A group of Soaptree Yucca
Great Horned Owl
Texas Banded Gecko
Vinegaroon, a species of whipscorpion
Mottled Rock Rattlesnake
Mountain Lion. What lovely eyes.
Bolton’s Tortoise. The zoo is part of a breeding program for this endangered species.
Prairie Dog on guard duty