Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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  • 1. Carlsbad Caverns National Park Visitor Center

    Visitor Center

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

  • 2. 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 tours...Read More

  • 3. 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 before...Read More

  • 4. Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

    Zoo/Aquarium

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

  • 5. Natural Entrance

    Cave

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

  • 6. Rattlesnake Springs

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Of the several places to picnic in the park, this is the prettiest by far. There are about a dozen picnic tables and grills, many of them tree...Read More

  • 7. The Big Room

    Cave

    With a floor space equal to about 14 football fields, this subterranean focal point of Carlsbad Cavern clues visitors in to just how large the...Read More

  • 8. Brantley Lake State Park

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

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

  • 9. 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...Read More

  • 10. 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 their nocturnal...Read More

  • 11. 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 events. ...Read More

  • 12. 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 harbors...Read More

  • 13. Star Parties

    Festival–Sight

    Coinciding with the new or first-quarter moon of every other month, star parties are held outside Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park...Read More

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