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Spring River Park and Zoo Roswell

Where is it at?

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Spring River Park and Zoo
1306 E. College Blvd.
Roswell
NM
88201
Tel: 505 624-6760

Directions

Located at the corner of Atkinson Avenue and College Blvd.

Where are we going today?

A zoo that has no admission fees...surely not! Well, welcome to Spring River Park and Zoo in New Mexico and yep - it's completely FREE! That means the WHOLE family can enjoy the amazing animals here, with no excuses!

Spring River Par and Zoo is owned and operated by the City of Roswell, who were kind enough to not charge admission. They want to make sure it's a great place for families to get back in touch with nature and the planet.

There are about 34 acres of parkland for you to enjoy, which houses 5 main areas of the zoo. These areas include the Captain Trail, which is where you will find all the native animals. The highlights here include the River Bottoms Exhibit where a number of the state's smaller animals, like the raccoon, bobcats and foxes are showcased against a rich, red clay river bank. A great setting for the sweet animals!

There are great Plains exhibits with prairie dogs and burrowing owls, there is even 2,500 square feet just for the coyotes and wolves! That's just across from the paddock where the antelope and deer play. Don't forget to check out the black bear and mountain lions either!

The Children's Zoo is a great place for those little ones as there is child-friendly close-up viewing. From pigmy goats, miniature horses and Longhorns, there are lots of animals for them to discover. There is even a fun ranch area with a replicated ranch facade! Yee haw! 

The Visitor Center is a great place to visit when you're thirsty or hungry, as you'll find the concession there, and a great place if you have any questions about the zoo itself.

It's rides time at Spring River Park and Zoo! There is a fun miniature train for kids to ride, as well as an antique wooden horse carousel where kids can have that old fashioned family fun.

Great family animal fun at the Spring River Park and Zoo...and don't forget the price...NIL! 

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How much does it cost?

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When can we go?

10am - 8pm Easter to Labor Day. 10am - 5:30pm Nov to Feb.

All year round. Hours change around time change too.

Teachers corner

For tours, groups, of end of year picnics just give the zoo a call to arrange. They'd be happy to have you! .

I'm Hungry!

There is a concession at the Visitor Center available Easter through September, then weekends only during school terms..

Doing our bit

They are all about education, and have made sure that the exhibits at the zoo are not only great for the animals welfare, but also great for the kids to learn! .

Need a little extra help?

The pathways are paved so wheelchairs will have no problem .

Baby Facilities

Pathways are great for strollers. .

Can I get one of those?

Penny Smasher souvenir stand at the reptile building is a fun place to stop and check out the fun items you want to take home! .

More information

Admission is free, but there is a 25c charge for the rides. .

What people are saying?

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    Surprisingly refreshing,

    Great stop on the road with kids (and it is FREE).

    we stopped there when going back from Carlsbad towards the north, it is free!!! nice animal variety for small zoo, there is nice park, you can sit and eat, while the kids are playing

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    Beautiful little park and zoo. It's free so you can't complain. The animals are very, very friendly and appear to be very well taken care of. Their habitats and pens are very clean and the entire area is very clean and tidy. A complete contrast to Clovis' Hillcrest Park Zoo.

    One of the little muntjac deer walked right up to the fence and stuck her little nose out and my wife, being who she is, started petting her and scratching her behind the ear and she just melted. When we went to the antelope and goat pen, the same thing happened. The bounded...Read More

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    It's small and free. You can walk through in half an hour and they have some cool animals, but it wasn't well maintained. Some of the habitats were really small and the animals didn't look happy.

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    bad no animals small zoo dirty and wastefull time

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    I recently visited Spring River Zoo in Roswell, NM. The animals looked terrible, with ribs showing. They were in small cages, and were all alone in their cages, and looked lonely. I wish Peta would take a look at this Zoo!

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by Phil Smith

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Beautiful little park and zoo. It's free so you can't complain. The animals are very, very friendly and appear to be very well taken care of. Their habitats and pens are very clean and the entire area is very clean and tidy. A complete contrast to Clovis' Hillcrest Park Zoo.

One of the little muntjac deer walked right up to the fence and stuck her little nose out and my wife, being who she is, started petting her and scratching her behind the ear and she just melted. When we went to the antelope and goat pen, the same thing happened. The bounded right up to the fence and stared at us. I had a bag of sunflower seed kernels and the goat and antelope licked them up right out of my hand. Very friendly and socialized.

I also enjoyed the information signs along the walkway through the zoo highlighting the different aspects that make up good moral character. The idea of character seems to be lost on society nowadays and it made me happy to see at least something trying to teach kids what 'character' is and means.

There is also a little train ride that goes around the park and a very large merry-go-round. Tickets are only 25 cents apiece. It was a very fun afternoon with my 2 year old daughter, and for fifty cents total - I mean, come on, man. It's impossible to find that sort of thing these days.

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