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The free Bat Flight Program is in late May-October. An evening ranger talks about bats prior to their flight. The program takes place at the Bat Flight Amphitheater, located at the Natural Entrance to Carlsbad Cavern. 

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The Carlsbad Museum and Art Center fulfills its mission as a cultural and educational institution through the collection, preservation, exhibition and interpretation of artifacts, documents and works of art relating to prehistory, history and esthetic environment of the City of Carlsbad and surrounding areas.

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The 18-hole Carlsbad Disc Golf Course winds through some of Carlsbad’s most beautiful park area, including the Bataan Recreation Area and MLK Jr. Park. 

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The Guadalupe Ridge Trail (GRT) is a designated National Recreation Trail and at 100 miles (161 km) long, provides hikers and backpackers with a true wilderness experience in the Chihuahuan Desert and Guadalupe Mountains. 


The river is not just beautiful scenery: anglers cast their lines into placid waters, swimmers splash about, water-skiers plane behind speedboats, and canoes, kayaks, and paddle boats are available for rental in the beach area. 


"The dunes have nice soft sand while the trails have a mix of sand and loose soil mixed with small rocks. You’ll find miles of trails with sand whoops, single track, rolling hills and tight washes."

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The Carlsbad Veterans Memorial Park has several forms of memorials grouped around the walkway, permitting folks to slowly walk along and view the memorial plaques and bricks and contemplate those veterans who have provided their service to our country.


The southernmost lake in New Mexico is an oasis of water, wildlife, plant life, gorgeous sunsets and stunning night skies.  Located twelve miles North of Carlsbad, NM.


The park features three water slides, a lazy river, a zero entry children’s play area and clean locker rooms. Covered and poolside lounge chairs and free wifi are available.


Visit this unique zoo dedicated to the 

wildllife of the Chihuahuan Desert.



"In the small community of Queen, deep in the Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico, morning begins with humility. It asks for little at first: a dash of pink in the trees, a ray of sun on the ground. But once those concessions are made, morning here becomes more purposeful, reaching through the forest and over the mountains."

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This desert oasis features a series of spring-fed waterfalls that fall 150 feet (45.7 m) to a large pool of water below.


This historic facility is available to the public and serves as a unique backdrop for weddings, conferences, traveling church groups, bird watchers, and many more.


"High ancient sea ledges, deep rocky canyons, flowering cactus, and desert wildlife—treasures above the ground in the Chihuahuan Desert. Hidden beneath the surface are more than 119 caves—formed when sulfuric acid dissolved limestone leaving behind caverns of all sizes."

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Part of the Black River Recreation Area, the Cottonwood Day Use Area is the most frequently visited site and includes a wildlife viewing platform and picnic tables.

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"Come experience mountains and canyons, desert and dunes, night skies and spectacular vistas within a place unlike any other."

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While the towering walls of McKittrick Canyon protect the riches of diversity, its precious secrets are hidden in riparian oasis. It is no wonder that it has been described as the "most beautiful spot in Texas."

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Rattlesnake Springs "is an oasis that provides water to not only people in the area but thousands of people who visit the national park."

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the flume

Long ago, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not bestowed the title of “World’s Only River That Crosses Itself” on the Pecos River, and the unique flume which splits off from the Pecos, then turns and crosses above it.

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