The Living Desert State Park

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.

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The walkway winds through desert plants

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A layer of gypsum crystal, formed by evaporation of an ancient lake

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A group of Soaptree Yucca

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Ocotillo

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Pinon Pine

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Harris’s Hawk

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Great Horned Owl

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Texas Banded Gecko

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Vinegaroon, a species of whipscorpion

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Mottled Rock Rattlesnake

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Coachwhip

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Gila Monster

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Western Diamondback

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Mountain Lion. What lovely eyes.

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Bark Scorpion

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Bolton’s Tortoise. The zoo is part of a breeding program for this endangered species.

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Prairie Dog on guard duty

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Mule Deer

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Bison

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Elk

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Pronghorn

 

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