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The only overnight option within the arid, rugged park is to make your own campsite in the backcountry, at least half a mile from any trail. Outside the park, however, options expand. White's City, which is less than 10 miles to the east of the park, has a Rodeway Inn, which is near the boardwalk that connects shopping and entertainment options. In Carlsbad there are even more choices, but
many of them aren't as appealing as they once were. The hotels here are aging and not particularly well maintained, so don't expect a mint on your pillow. Still, most are clean if less than opulent.