Carlsbad Caverns National Park Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Carlsbad Caverns National Park - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Brantley Lake State Park

  • Dam

In addition to 4,200-acre Brantley Lake and dam, this park 12 miles north of Carlsbad offers primitive camping areas, nature trails,...

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Visitor Center

  • Information Center

Within this user-friendly facility at the top of an escarpment, a 75-seat theater offers engrossing films and ranger programs about the...

Carlsbad Museum and Arts Center

  • Museum/Gallery

Pueblo pottery, Native American artifacts, and early cowboy and ranch memorabilia fill this downtown cultural center, along with exhibitions...

Christmas on the Pecos

  • Festival–Sight

Magical Christmas displays decorate Carlsbad homes along a 3-mile stretch of the Pecos River in a fairyland of seasonal delight. Boat...

Dawn of the Bats

  • Festival–Sight

The third Saturday in July each year, early risers gather at the cave's entrance to watch tens of thousands of bats return home from...

Evening Bat Flight Program

  • Cave

In the amphitheater at the Natural Entrance (off a short trail from the main parking lot) a ranger discusses the park's batty residents...

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

  • Garden/Arboretum

More preserve than traditional zoo, the park contains an impressive collection of plants and animals native to the Chihuahuan Desert.

Native American Heritage Days

  • Festival–Sight

On the second weekend of May the state park hosts a celebration of Native American history, including vendors, guest speakers, and children's...

Natural Entrance

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

As natural daylight recedes, a self-guided, paved trail twists and turns downward from the yawning mouth of the main cavern, about 100...

Rattlesnake Springs

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Enormous cottonwood trees shade the picnic and recreation area at this cool, secluded oasis near Black River. The rare desert wetland...


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