Spring River Zoo



Private Tours now being offered on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 

Book your tour today with our education coordinator by calling the Spring River Zoo at 575-624-6760 or email a.cole@roswell-nm.gov 

Stay Connect with us on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SpringRiverZoo/  


​​Service and Mission

Spring River Zoo works to enrich the lives of Roswell residents through exposure to wildlife and educational programs and events. The Zoo serves not only the public, but tourist from around the world.  Spring River Zoo drives curiosity, fosters a love of animals, and environmental conservation. Staff work to keep animals healthy and improve their quality of life through enrichment activities.  Staff develops new and inventive programming that serves residents, tourists and students with intimate educational experience as well as producing fundraisers that support an offset operational cost to bring the master plan to fruition.

Greetings Roswell Visitors! During your visit to see aliens and UFOs, come out to the Spring River Zoo and get back in touch with our planet. We have native plants and animals you can learn about and several unique attractions.

Zoo Areas

Roswell has a wonderful park and modern small zoo at Spring River Zoo covering about 34 acres of parkland with five main zoo areas located on the grounds. These areas include:
  • Capitan Trail
  • Children’s Zoo Area
  • Ranching Heritage Exhibit
  • Visitor service area with the concessions, miniature train and carousel

Capitan Trail

The Capitan Trail begins in the river bottoms in which several of our small native animals are showcased including foxes and raccoons.

Further along is the plains exhibit with bison, deer and audad. The Coyote Country and Wolf Woods can be seen across from where the deer and the antelope play!

The trail ends in the Mountain Habitats where the mountain lion and black bears can be found.

Children's Zoo

The Children’s Zoo features a variety of animals that are child friendly including lemurs, pygmy goats and boer goats.

Ranch Area

The ranch area has Texas longhorns and miniature horses. The replicated ranch house façade has many of the types of plants and flowers our grandmothers planted around the ranch houses at the turn of the century. 

Carousel and Train

Unique to our park is the antique wooden horse carousel located in the heart of the park. This rare treasure is one of about a hundred left in the country and features hand carved horses from various artisans.

The miniature train was added in 1976 to give rides around the park and has become a popular tradition for many guests.

Both attractions are open seasonally (Easter weekend-September 30) and only for private parties during the off season (October-Easter weekend).

​Service Animals

We do not allow any pets in the park or zoo area of Spring River Park and Zoo.

ADA-recognized service animals are permitted in public areas of the zoo and park, unless otherwise restricted.We ask that you do not walk through our mountain habitats (bears, mountain lion, etc) or the lemurs due to the nature of some of the animals in those enclosures.

If you are bringing a service animal to the zoo please be aware that some of the animals at the zoo will react to them in different manners. We ask that if any zoo animals are showing unusual behavior, that you move on to the next enclosure quickly to reduce stress on them.

If you have any questions or concerns about this policy please contact the zoo at 575-624-6760.

Zoo Fee Schedule

  1. zoo pond (Jan 2020)

    Zoo pond to be closed during cleaning work

    Plans also call for closure of lower parking lot Read on...
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​Friends of Spring River Zoo

The Friends of Spring River Zoo is a non-profit group established to partner with and support the ongoing efforts and growth at the Spring River Zoo. Our mission is to raise money through membership drives and fundraisers. Money collected is appropriated to enclosures and enrichment for the animals. Support is offered to enhance education and environmental programs for the public. More information can be found on their website here.