Local Area Attractions
See Everything the Carlsbad Area has to Offer
We are centrally located for all area attractions - Sitting Bull Falls, The Living Desert State Park and Zoo, The Stagecoach Ruins, Brantley Lake, Day Trips to Cloudcroft, Casinos in Hobbs and Ruidoso, Roswell, Lincoln National Forest, Dog Canyon, Spider Cave and, of course, the 8th Wonder of the World - the Spectacular Carlsbad Caverns! "Bat Flight" is one of the most amazing sights on earth - daily, at dusk. The bats come home in early spring. For more details on the richness of the area, visit our website .
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Guadalupe Mountains National Park covers 86,367 acres and is in the same mountain range as Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Numerous well-established trails exist in the park for hiking and horse-riding. The Guadalupe Peak Trail offers perhaps the most outstanding views in the park. Climbing over 3,000 feet to the summit of Guadalupe Peak, the trail winds through pinyon pine and Douglas fir forests and offers spectacular view of El Capitan and the vast Chihuahuan Desert.
The park also contains McKittrick Canyon, which comes alive during the fall with a blaze of color from the turning Bigtooth Maple trees, in stark contrast with the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert. A trail in the canyon leads to a stone cabin built in the early 1930s, formerly the vacation home of Wallace Pratt, a petroleum geologist who donated the land in order to establish the park.
Dog Canyon, on the northern park boundary at the Texas-New Mexico State line is reached by driving through Carlsbad, NM or Dell City, TX. On the west side of the park near Dell City, TX lie the impressive and beautiful gypsum sand dunes. Another attraction is the Williams Ranch.
White Sands National Monument
Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world's great natural wonders - the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating the world's largest gypsum dunefield. White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of this unique dunefield, along with the plants and animals that live here.
Because there is virtually no fresh water within the White sands dunefield, animals that live in the dunes must get almost all their water solely from the food they eat. Desert animals have evolved many ways of conserving moisture. The kangaroo rat eats only dry seeds and never drinks water.