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CarlsbadUnited States of America

Underground cave adventures, mountains, desert and a delightful cultural scene are features of this city in southeastern New Mexico.

Head to the Chihuahuan Desert in New Mexico to find Carlsbad. This city on the Pecos River is an attractive vacation spot for its stunning scenery and outdoor leisure pursuits. Search for fossils on steep mountain trails, marvel at the stalactite formations in underground caves and canoe down the river.

Carlsbad’s most popular attraction is the Carlsbad Caverns National Park, 20 miles (32 kilometers) outside the city. Descend deep underground to explore limestone caves. Join a ranger-guided tour or explore on your own. Part of the cave system is accessible to wheelchair users.

About 1 hour’s drive from Carlsbad is the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, a vast wilderness just over the state line and into Texas. More than 80 miles (129 kilometers) of trails meander through forested canyons, mountains and desert. Look for ancient marine fossils embedded in the rocks. Millions of years ago a tropical ocean and a 400-mile-long (644-kilometer) reef system covered the area.

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park is a good place to see animal and plant species native to the Chihuahuan Desert.

With more than 1,400 acres (567 hectares) of parks and the Pecos River on its doorstep, Carlsbad has many outdoor attractions. Plan a day of family fun at the Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area. Enjoy fishing, boating, waterskiing, tennis courts and a skateboard park.

Swim or glide across the river on a kayak or paddleboat at the Pecos River Beach and Picnic Area.

To experience Carlsbad’s cultural scene, watch a concert at the Walter Gerrells Performing Arts and Exhibition Center. Study the work of early 20th-century New Mexican artists at the Carlsbad Museum and Arts Center.

Carlsbad is an easy city to get to by car. If you are traveling by plane, the nearest major airport is El Paso International Airport, 158 miles (254 kilometers) away, where you can arrange a rental car. Carlsbad is a great place to come for adventures above and below ground.

Top hotels in Carlsbad

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Motel 6 Carlsbad, NM
Motel 6 Carlsbad, NM
2 out of 5
3824 National Parks Hwy, Carlsbad, NM
The price is £38 per night

Situated in Carlsbad, this motel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Carlsbad Museum & Art Center, Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area and Carlsbad Water Park. Riverwalk ...

3.2/5 (168 reviews)

"It was good. The only thing i didn't like was having to wait til 7 for the office to open to get coffee"…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2020

Motel 6 Carlsbad, NM
White's City Cavern Inn
White's City Cavern Inn
2.5 out of 5
17 Carlsbad Cavern Hwy, Carlsbad, NM
The price is £85 per night

Situated in Carlsbad, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Carlsbad Caverns National Park and 7.4 mi (12 km) from Carlsbad Caverns National Park Visitor Center. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (330 reviews)

"great spot close to the caverns. rooms are huge compared to most hotel/motels in area."…"

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2020

White's City Cavern Inn
Comfort Suites Carlsbad
Comfort Suites Carlsbad
2.5 out of 5
2600 West Pierce St, Carlsbad, NM
The price is £83 per night

Located in the heart of Carlsbad, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Carlsbad Medical Center and within 3 miles (5 km) of Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (625 reviews)

"Easy parking. Well light lot. Check in and out was quick and easy. Still serving a real breakfast. About 35 minutes from the National Park."…"

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2020

Comfort Suites Carlsbad

Popular places to visit in Carlsbad

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

See the wondrous geologic formations in a vast underground cavern system. Cave facilities offer easy walks or adventurous climbs and crawls. 

Sitting Bull Falls
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Sitting Bull Falls

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Sitting Bull Falls during your travels in Whites City. Amble around the area's parks or visit its water parks.

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