Traveling in New Mexico

CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL PARK

Located next to Lincoln National Forest in southeast New Mexico, this National Park is famous for its enormous underground cave system, one of the largest in the world. Aboveground most of the park consists of wilderness.

Terrain includes rocky ridges and some steep canyons. Vegetation ranges from desert varieties to stands of juniper and pinyon pine. Among the wildlife here are mule deer, mountain lion, and bobcat.

Activities: Hiking and backpacking are available on over 50 miles of trails. Spelunking (caving) is also possible, and requires a permit from the visitor center.

Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed throughout the park’s backcountry. A free permit is necessary, and may be obtained from the visitor center. Water must be carried in. Pets are prohibited. Spring and fall are the best times to camp here.

For Further Information: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, 3225 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad, NM 88220; (505)785-2232.

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