Carlsbad KOA

Welcome to the #1 Family Campground in New Mexico!

Kick back with family and friends at this beautiful desert oasis built in 2000. This award-winning KOA is big rig friendly: Most sites are huge 30/50-amp pull thrus with free Wi-Fi and free cable TV. The staff will spoil you as you enjoy the 2,000-square-foot community room, meals delivered to your site, a beautiful commercial laundry, outstanding restrooms, a fenced dog park and a pool. From this KOA in the heart of SE New Mexico, visit Carlsbad Caverns, Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park, Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area, Roswell's International UFO Museum and White Sands National Monument. Check out the Robert H. Goddard rocket collection at the Roswell Museum and Art Center and the "Billy the Kid" history at the campground. A horse hotel also is available. See how this KOA is going green with the help of a wind turbine. Pool: March 15 - Sept. 15. Max pull thru: 75 feet. Your hosts: James and Shelley Fugitt.

GPS N32 degrees 35.198'/W104 degrees 24.987'.

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Campground Amenities

  • 50 Max Amp
  • 75' Max Length
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cable TV
  • Pool (3/22 - 10/15)
  • Snack Bar ($)
  • Propane ($)
  • Firewood ($)
  • Pavilion
  • Bike Rentals ($)
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Ways to Stay

Campground Recreation

There's something for everyone at CARLSBAD KOA!

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KOA Holiday

KOA Holiday Campgrounds

Whether you’re exploring the local area or hanging out at the campground, KOA Holidays are an ideal place to relax and play. There’s plenty to do, with amenities and services to make your stay memorable. Plus, you’ll enjoy the outdoor experience with upgraded RV Sites with KOA Patio™ and Deluxe Cabins with full baths for camping in comfort. Bring your family, bring your friends, or bring the whole group – there’s plenty of ways to stay and explore.

KOA Holidays Feature:

  • RV Sites with a KOA Patio™
  • Deluxe Cabins with full baths
  • Premium Tent Sites
  • Group meeting facilities

Latest Hot Deal

Big Weekend

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WHEN: May 8-9, 2020

WHAT: Stay Friday night, May 8th at a participating campground, and get Saturday night, May 9th for just $20.

WHY: The Big Weekend helps raise funds to send kids with cancer to medically-supervised camps all across North America. Kids fighting cancer deserve a chance to attend a summer camp and to just be a kid again. Funds raised from May 9 support the KOA Care Camps Trust which distributes more than $1 million dollars annually to support 125+ Care Camps each year. Learn more at koacarecamps.org.

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Local Area

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 .

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The Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is located in the Guadalupe Mountains, a mountain range that runs from west Texas into southeastern New Mexico. Elevations within the park rise from 3,595 feet (1,095 meters) in the lowlands to 6,520 feet (1,987 meters) atop the escarpment. Though there are scattered woodlands in the higher elevations, the park is primarily a variety of grassland and desert shrub land habitats.

Underlying the rugged desert landscape is one of the most important geologic resources in the United States. The Guadalupe Mountains are the uplifted portion of an ancient reef that thrived along the edge of an inland sea more than 250 million years ago during Permian time. Preserved in the rocks are the bodies of sponges, algae, snails, nautilus, and many other animals that lived in this ancient sea. Scientists from all over the world visit the park each year to study the structure and fauna of the reef.

The most famous of all the geologic features in the park are the caves. Carlsbad Caverns National Park contains more than 119 limestone caves, the most famous of which is Carlsbad Cavern. Carlsbad Cavern receives more than 380,000 visitors each year and offers a rare glimpse of the underground worlds preserved under the desert above.

Caves are fragile environments that are affected by human activities and natural processes occurring both underground and on the surface. Many park caves are preserved and managed in a nearly pristine state, so researchers can understand the unique ecosystem within them. These scientists are only beginning to understand the complex, microscopic organisms that inhabit the caves. Studying them has already revealed a food chain that begins with minerals in the rock, and has shown that some of the organisms may help serious human diseases such as cancer.

Entry into the cavern is by way of two different self-guided routes—the Big Room Route and the Natural Entrance Route. The Natural Entrance Route is a steep, 1.25 miles, 750 foot descent down switchbacks into the cave. This entrance is not wheelchair accessible. The Big Room Route allows for wheelchairs in the areas that are not steep ascents/descents (certain inaccessible areas have pinch points).

727 Carlsbad Caverns Highway

Carlsbad, NM 88220

575-785-3012

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The UFO Museum in Roswell

In July of 1947 something happened northwest of Roswell during a severe thunderstorm, to find out about this and other UFO sightings, visit the UFO Museum and Research Center or call 800-822-3545.

To commemorate this "happening", a UFO Festival is held in July each year.

114 North Main St

Roswell, NM 88203

575-625-9495

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Sitting Bull Falls

The Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area features a beautiful 150-foot waterfall that cascades down the natural rock cliffs of a massive travertine bluff to a small receiving pool where swimming is possible. Behind the falls is a system of caves, which can be entered and explored, but only by appointment and in the company of a ranger guide. The falls were reportedly discovered by a group of cowboys in 1881 and named after the famous chieftain of the Dakota Sioux, who most likely never set foot here.

Eddy County Rd 409

Lincoln National Forest

Carlsbad, NM 88220

575-885-4181

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